Does this belong on a resume?
November 24, 2010 6:29 AM Subscribe
Should I list this honor on my resume? If so, how?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was involved with a national organization in my home country for over a decade. The organization selects and trains the national team for a well-respected extra-curricular activity (let's call it spelunking, although we're not talking about a sport, really), holds national spelunking competitions for students, conducts spelunking clinics for students, and conducts clinics for spelunking coaches and judges. I was solely or jointly responsible for organizing and/or conducting one or more events of each of those types. I was also on the national spelunking team (which did really well in the international competition) when I was a high school student.
My involvement with the organization, and the roles I was in, are on my resume already. Awards I received as a competitor, national and international, are not.
My country has a history of doing well in high-school and university level spelunking competitions, but people in other countries who aren't involved with international competitions would probably not be aware of or expect that.
A couple of years ago, after I had stopped being so active in the organization, the national award for best individual competitor was named after me. Since then, each year, the student who performs best individually in the national competition receives the "AnonymousMefite Best Spelunker of the Year" trophy.
I have a history of not recognizing which of my accomplishments are thought of as a big deal by other people. I was pretty embarrassed by the award being named after me, but it occurred to me today that this might be something that potential employers would find of value, given that I would am seeking work in the training of this activity or something related to it. I'm not in my home country anymore, but the activity itself is high status (as extracurricular activities go) worldwide.
So, the questions are:
a) should I list this on my resume?
b) if this at all belongs, how would one word something like this without sounding hopelessly conceited?
Anonymous because I find the whole process of listing my own accomplishments painfully embarrassing.