What’s important on a resumé? (Editor’s notes)

It's questionable whether volunteer work helps a candidate
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/10/2012

As a teenager, I was awarded the Queen’s Venturer Award — the highest award in scouting.

When Lincoln Alexander, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, presented the award to me, he also passed over a bit of sage advice — something I heard from numerous people at the time — and that was to make sure to put the award on my resumé.

I’m paraphrasing, but essentially he said: “You never know who’s going to be doing the hiring. If they’re involved in scouting, it will put you over the top because they know how much hard work and dedication it takes to achieve this award.”