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Do you inlcude cycling as a hobby on your CV?(11 posts)

Do you inlcude cycling as a hobby on your CV?PseuZQ
Dec 5, 2002 10:33 AM
Assuming you're not a sponsored pro... Do you, on your resume or bio for work, say you're a cyclist?

I've never been big on including hobbies or personal info on resumes or bios but am now thinking that including cycling may strike a chord with a kindred spirit...couldn't hurt for business development, I think.

Thoughts? Have you ever gone out of your way to talk to a consultant, vendor, potential employee, etc. 'cause you knew they rode too?
In every job interview I let them know that I will be riding in.onespeed
Dec 5, 2002 10:55 AM
I rode in to hand in the resume ...Humma Hah
Dec 5, 2002 12:03 PM
... I drove for the interview (wore a suit), but showed up for work the first day on the bike, wearing shorts.
Haven't done it in awhile, but the fitness aspect can't hurtSilverback
Dec 5, 2002 11:55 AM
I've worked at the same place for 20+ years, so I haven't had to do it myself. When we're hiring, though, we consider (unofficially, because it's probably not legal) an employee's apparent fitness. Given two equal candidates, we'd be more likely to hire somebody who seemed to present a low risk of illness. To me, at least, that means "normal" weight, some evidence of exercise and a non-smoker. For that reason I'd be inclined to mention it briefly. Don't see how it could hurt.
funny you should ask...Frith
Dec 5, 2002 12:01 PM
very funny. Perhaps funny isn't even the word.
My cousin was schoolboy champion of England and raced for England in the world cycling championships in Germany in the early 90's. He put cycling as one of his interests on his CV. His interviewer turned out to be a cycling enthusiast. They got chatting and it turned out that the interviewer had been in Germany at the time and seen the race he was in. According to my cousin getting that job was almost in whole due to cycling. So in answer to your question, I didn't list my interests before this happened but i certainly do now.
Verrry interesting....PseuZQ
Dec 5, 2002 12:15 PM
We're about to meet with a co. where one of the lead execs was apparently a hot-shot racer in his day. (Think Worlds...) I think this is *very* cool. But I'm not sure the guy's gonna be impressed that I ride centuries...

Where I do think it may be relevant is from a discipline standpoint, like having the discipline to train, set goals, accept the occasional glacial progress as part of the process, deal with setbacks, focus on success, etc. (This is actually a whole 'nother topic I've been meaning to post.)

Thanks for the input.
Yes, and for my present job, it helped.Humma Hah
Dec 5, 2002 12:01 PM
Two of the people in my interview team are avid cyclists, and a third is an enthusiastic 20-mile-a-weeker who would LIKE to be avid.

The company was founded by members of the Dadelus 88 human-powered aircraft team, so high-performance cycling is appreciated here.

If nothing else, being a cyclist means you're probably health-conscious, and that should bode well for your attendance and needs for health care. They won't think you're some sickly wimp.
It could also mean you could be spending work time on this boardUprwstsdr
Dec 5, 2002 12:18 PM
Dude, please....I'm *networking.* ;-). (nm)PseuZQ
Dec 5, 2002 12:20 PM
re: Do you include cycling as a hobby on your CV?PMC
Dec 5, 2002 2:56 PM
I had three or four qualified applicants for a analyst job I hired for last year. One it turns out happened to be a former Cat 3 racer and still rode on a regular basis.

Guess who got the job...
Yes - list all hobbiesMudman
Dec 6, 2002 5:36 AM
I am a corporate recruiter. I would strongly encourage you to list your hobbies. Your skills will speak for yourself. When the hiring mgr or recruiter is looking at resumes, your hobbies just may move your resume up the pile.

Just another way for you to stand out in a crowd and make a quick friend.

James