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Should I Put Karate On My Resume?

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You have been doing karate a long time, and you have achieved significant success in it. You have earned your first, second, third, or higher dan rank. You finished instructor training. You are qualified as a referee, examiner, and instructor. You are licensed by seven different organizations and are even trained in CPR. Why shouldn’t you list these achievements on your resume?

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The purpose of a resume is to be invited in for an interview. Once you are called for an interview, your resume has served its purpose. Managers who are in the process of interviewing probably have quite a few resumes in front of them. Yours needs to say to them that you are what they are looking for. Your resume also needs to be a document that does not create stress for the hiring manager, but instead lowers the work he has to do to find you in that stack and call you in for the job.

Your resume should be only one page long for most jobs, even technical ones. That’s right. When you send a hiring manager your 8 page resume, it doesn’t impress. It causes the manager to roll their eyes in frustration at you having no idea how to communicate crisply that you are the person that they are looking for.

“One page? No way!”

Yes way. One page. One page only, please. No second page.

What goes on it?

Your name, address, phone number, and email address at the top on one single line. Your email address needs to be professional – not This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Next, list your job title, company, and dates you worked the job on one line. Take two, maybe three lines to describe your job. Then provide two or three bullets with your measurable numerical accomplishments. Next line, next relevant job. Don’t list every job you ever worked – just the ones that are relevant to this job.

Your entire career history should go in another document you can bring to the interview and provide if the interviewer cares to see it. Do not provide if they do not care to see it.

At the very bottom, list your education and professional credentials that are relevant to the job.

I know you have heard the common belief that your resume needs an objective. Wrong! Do not put an objective down! Objectives are nonsense and managers don’t want to read them. Neither do recruiters. The manager only cares about his own objectives. Not yours. Your are being hired to do what the manager wants, not fulfill yourself.

You have probably been told you should put a paragraph that describes you as a take-charge leader with technical capability and people skills. Do not put that on your resume, either! Everyone says that about themselves, and managers don’t care what your opinion of yourself is. They want facts, accomplishments, and results that are proven and measurable.

Should you list your karate accomplishments? Don’t those show you are achievement oriented and disciplined?


Your resume should only have things that are relevant to the job. If you are not going to be applying for a job as a karate instructor, then your karate instructor experience is irrelevant fluff that no manager sorting through 100′s of resumes wants to read. Besides, it just makes you look like you have outside activities that interfere with work. On top of that, probably about half the general population thinks people who do karate are sociopaths.

Leave it off.

This is all of the advice you need to make a good resume. Give it a listen. Do not post comments arguing with this advice. You are not as successful as the guys who made this podcast, and you do not advise CEO’s on how to hire people. You were not a professional executive recruiter for two decades, and you don’t have the experience to draw on to do anything except regurgitate the crappy advice from your local newspaper’s jobs column or that horrible book about parachutes that is all wrong.

LISTEN: http://www.manager-tools.com/2005/10/your-resume-stinks (required)  ;-)