If I've excelled at a hobby or extracurricular, even if that hobby has nothing to do with my job, should I list it on my resume? I'm not talking about "I play tennis on the weekend, and we should play sometime." I mean "I've received regional or national attention for something I do outside of work, to the point where I worry you'll question my commitment to my day job." Should I be prepared to talk about it (downplay it? brag?) if an interviewer "Googles" me?
I'm assuming all interviewers run Google searches on candidates, right?
That's my question, but I've included some optional (and fictional) examples below.
Jane is a call-center manager with six years of experience in customer support and two years of experience cold-calling sales. She has won several equestrian titles and writes a column for Horse Lovers Magazine.
Quyen is a patent attorney specializing in courtroom presentations and witness coaching. She has been passed over twice for partnership, and is considering applying to other firms. She is a deacon at her church and has led two missionary trips to China, one of which was profiled in the local newspaper.
Dave started out as a Q/A software tester and has transitioned into a senior IT manager for a big company. He's gunning for the CIO position in a year or two. Anyone who "Googles" him will see video of him doing edgy standup comedy on TV. Dave has a Website and two comedy albums.
Mario is a young architect for a company specializing in hospital construction. This is his dream job, but business has been very slow during his first year. During a recent two-month furlough, Mario and his college roommate published a video game they'd been working on for years. Mario is now earning about $500/month from this game, and he's been invited to speak at a gaming conference, but the furlough is fresh in his mind and he doesn't want his boss to think he's not committed to his day job.
Holistically, it's great that Jane is such a disciplined competitor, that Quyen devotes so much time to serving others, that Dave has a sense of humor, and that Mario has computer skills. But are these accomplishments the sort that belong on a resume? Do we trumpet them? Hide them? What if the CEO is offended by Dave's racy jokes?