Resumania™: Avoid Including Odd Affiliations

By Robert Half April 21, 2014 at 7:00am

Lots of job seekers include an “Affiliations” section on their resume to highlight the professional organizations to which they belong. An accountant, for example, might note her membership in industry associations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

But not every group with which you’re involved should be listed. Avoid citing irrelevant and potentially controversial groups, such as political organizations or sports leagues. The fact that you play softball on Tuesday nights tells prospective employers absolutely nothing about your job-related skills.

These applicants missed the mark:

“AFFILIATIONS: Member of a local intramural basketball baseball league.”

Must be a new sport.

“AFFILIATIONS: Founder and past president of a beer-appreciation organization.”

It’s Norm from Cheers.

“ASSOCIATIONS: Human race, lifetime member.”

Same here!

“PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: I am not a member of any associations per se, but I do associate well with others.”

Well, that’s a start.

“SUMMARY: Proud member of the Class of ____.”

Don’t forget to fill in the blank!

“AFFILIATIONS: Ex-member of a writer’s club.”

Why did you write them off?

“ORGANIZATIONS: I have a high IQ. I am a member of Menza.”

The ability to spell “Mensa” correctly must not be required for admission.

Have you seen any good resume or cover letter goofs? Send examples to [email protected].

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