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运用你的兴趣爱好

(2006-05-19 11:28:10)
分类: 面经
运用你的兴趣爱好(中/英)

    

  如果读了足够多的关于求职技巧的书,你将最终发现一条明显的规则,那就是:“不要在履历或求职面谈中提到你的兴趣或爱好。”这些和你的雇主毫无干系。

   

  但是正如职业专家总结的很多其他的求职法则,在某些情况里,这个成熟的法则并不管用,尤其当你兴趣或爱好可以把你和其他竞争者区分开来的时候。那么什么时候你才可以抛开不许谈论兴趣和爱好的规则呢?在以下这样的情况下:

   

  拉近和雇主的关系

   

  我的一位做职业咨询的同事在墙壁上贴满了照片。照片记录的是她在高尔夫球场的欢乐时光。一进她办公室就可以断定她是一个高尔夫球迷。

   

  几乎在任意的工作间里面都会有高尔夫的爱好者。 因此如果你本身就是是一个喜欢打高尔夫球的人,并且通过调查,或是就靠你的观察,得知那个面试你的人也是个高尔夫迷,那谈及你对高尔夫的热情又有何妨呢? 在你履历上,或是在面试中,或者两者兼而有之。毕竟雇主可能不仅仅是在寻找一个好的雇员,也可能是在寻找一个高尔夫球友。(注意:雇主应该关心此类事情吗?毋需。雇主经常被此类事情影响吗?有时会。)

   

  兴趣爱好有难度才出众

   

  你一年要跑数次马拉松?或是爬山,创造或是修理自己的汽车,再或者发明一些小装置和小装饰?

   

  参加极具挑战的活动吗?身体上的,心理上的,还有情绪上的?雇主会有把握地认定追求那些活动是有上进心,有目标,有恒心和不惧困境的表现。 如果你的爱好或兴趣属于此类,那么何不借此调动雇主的兴趣,并且从中获益?

   

  雇主就是想了解多一点

   

  雇主也是普通人,虽然你有时候会怀疑这一点。 他们也许在雇佣过程中总是缺少时间,金钱或是能量,但是他们仍然喜欢在任何可能的情况下,把候选职员当做平常的人来交流。 而且在某些时候,比如在面试开头的尴尬的几分钟,他们也会希望能有什么东西可以拿来聊一聊。 你可以用你特殊的爱好或兴趣,作为一个谈话的开始,雇主会欣赏这个打破僵局的开头的。

   

  也有可能雇主正在看你的履历并且犹豫是否该面试你。 然后他看到你的一项兴趣是“格鲁吉亚海岸寻宝”。 他的反应很可能是,“那好吧!最好也面试一下她,就算没有别的,多少也会知道点怎么才能寻宝。”

   

  可能刚刚好你就因此得到了这个机会,不然的话就可能得不到。

   

  这就是所要表达的全部:给自己接近那份工作的机会(首先是你的履历,然后是面试)。如果你的兴趣爱好可以帮助你锁定机会,那么没有理由不去强调他们吧,不要去管规则是怎么说的。

   

Use Your Hobbies and Interests


   

If you read enough how-to books about job hunting, you'll eventually discern an apparent rule that goes something like this: "Don't mention your interests or hobbies on your resume or in job interviews. They're irrelevant to the employer."

   

But like many other job search rules career experts have come up with, this one is ripe to be broken in certain situations, particularly when your specific interests or hobbies could set you apart from the other candidates who are competing for the job you want.

   

When might you want to break the no-interests-and-hobbies rule? In situations like these:

   

It Creates a Bond with the Employer

   

A career-counseling colleague of mine has covered her walls with pictures of the good times she's had on the golf course. You can tell within seconds of stepping into her office that she's an inveterate golf junkie.

   

There are avid golfers in almost any workplace. So if you're a golfer yourself and you learn through your research or by mere observation that the person who's going to be interviewing you is a golfer as well, it sure can't hurt to mention your enthusiasm for the game ? on your resume, in the interview or both. After all, the employer might be seeking not only a good employee, but also a golf buddy. (Note: Should this sort of thing matter to the employer? No. Does it often matter to the employer? Sometimes.)

   

Your Hobby or Interest Is Known for Its Difficulty

   

Do you run marathons a few times a year? Are you into mountain climbing, building or restoring your own cars, or inventing gadgets and doodads?

   

Certain activities are quite challenging ? physically, psychologically and emotionally ? and employers will safely assume that the people pursuing those activities are naturally self-motivated, goal-oriented, persistent and unafraid of facing difficult circumstances. If your hobby or interest falls into this category, then why not mention it to the employer and reap the benefits of what he will read into your interest?

   

The Employer Just Has to Learn More

   

While you may doubt it on occasion, employers are human. They may not always have as much time, money or energy as they'd like during the hiring process, but they'd still like to get a good sense of their job candidates as people whenever possible ? and they'd still like to have something to talk about during, for example, those awkward first few minutes of the interview. You could use your unique hobby or interest as a conversation-starting icebreaker that the employer will appreciate.

   

Or perhaps an employer is looking at your resume and waffling about whether you deserve to be interviewed or not. Then he sees that one of your interests is "treasure hunting off the coast of Georgia." His response might well be, "What the heck? I might as well bring her in for an interview. If nothing else, I'll learn about treasure hunting."

   

You've just gotten your foot in the door when you might not have otherwise.

   

And that's the whole idea, really: Giving yourself the opportunity (first on your resume and then in an interview) to land the job. If your interests or hobbies can help you secure that opportunity, then there's no good reason not to highlight them, regardless of the rules.

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