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Question by  shahmeer (24)

What life experience should you include on a resume?

It seems like a lot of that stuff would be too personal.


Answer by  HilaryC (1382)

If it is unusual and only a few people do it, mention it. For example, if you biked cross country, mention that. Also make sure to mention volunteer work.


Answer by  eccentricoz (107)

You should include life experience that is relevant to the job/position you are applying for. Any positions you held in clubs (at school), especially leadership positions and any accomplishments.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

Life experience should only be included on a resume when it demonstrates skills relevant to the job. For example, volunteer work teaching the elderly about computers demonstrates teaching skills. Running a charity drive demonstrates organizational and leadership skills.


Answer by  Hundchen (107)

The type of life experience to include in a resume should be relevant to the job you're interested in. So, "extensive rock and mountain climbing experience" would fit a resume for wilderness camp counselor, but not bank teller. Experiences listed should show your suitability for the job you're applying for.


Answer by  alexdamian (192)

Include life experience that is relevant to the job. You can include some life experience related to use of logic or to coping in a hard situation. You don't have to be extremely personal, you can just alter events a bit.


Answer by  Halpern (63)

In general, it is best to include professional experience and education on a resume, while limiting personal information - in other words, include objective information that can be verified by employers. One exception to this rule is that it is usually acceptable to include some interests on a resume. Avoiding excessive personal information keeps the resume more professional.


Answer by  shihitomi666 (48)

Life experience on a resume would be one that affected your career choice or the reason for why you are seeking that particular job you're applying for.


Answer by  Mariana39 (440)

Write about experiences that reinforce your qualities and strong points, for instance, leadership abilities, management skills, social and people skills, capacity to handle situations under pressure. You can also mention any experience that proves your willingness to learn and develop further, either professionally or personally.


Answer by  writergalfriday (325)

Only include life experiences that pertains to the job. For example, if you are applying for a job as a physical therapist and as a teenager you volunteered over 120 hours at your local hospital in the Physical Therapy Department, then this type of information should be included on your resume.

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