Job Performance: Creative Skills on Your Resume
How many people make it to adulthood and regret giving up the creative pursuits of their youth? Hobbies of all kinds, from piano playing to painting with watercolors, often go by the wayside upon entering the working world; it gets harder to find time to practice, of course, and those lessons that tuition money once paid for no longer look so affordable.
Upon entering the working world and beginning your career search, though, don’t shy away from making your creative endeavors a part of the package. Even if you never dance ballet or pick up the oboe ever again, there’s a place for non-traditional skills on your resume and in your job search.
Skills in the arts can be an eye-catching item—listed under “Other Interests,” perhaps—because you never know if a former musician or current aficionado might reading your resume. But skills you’ve gained as a performer or creator can be valuable in the working world, too. A tour with a choir or dance company could be presented as significant abroad experience, for example. If performing or other creative work makes up a considerable part of your career experience—say you spent a year or two after school playing as a musician on cruise ships—it can be a main item on your resume.
Studied ballet or other choreographed dance? You’re teachable! Led a section of a band or orchestra? That certainly builds leadership skills. Take and develop art photographs? You have an eye for detail and are comfortable with step-by-step processes.
The skills needed to succeed in the modern workplace don’t only come from hours spent at internships or in the classroom. They can come from anywhere, and it’s worth making the ones that don’t fit the typical mold part of a creative and considered job search.