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    Wiring about being a scouter on a Curriculum Vitae

    Do you suppose that it is worth writing about being a scouter on one’s Curriculum Vitae? Would this be so, even if one’s job is nothing to do with children?

    I can see the advantages of showing that one is organised and trustworthy but I can also see the disadvantages such as the possibility that one may have to rush to scouts after work.

    Have you written about being a scouter on your CV?

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    I would, definatley.

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    Yes, I've been offered jobs because I highlighted Scouting on my CV and the skills I've got from doing it.

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    You should always put anything you do outside of work expecially volunteer work with young people.
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    Leadership, time management, team building, commitment, delegation, planning, team building, dedication, account keeping/money management......
    To qoute Wikepedia:
    'Management in all business and human organization activity is the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals and objectives. Management comprises planning, organizing, staffing, leading or directing, and controlling an organization (a group of one or more people or entities) or effort for the purpose of accomplishing a goal. Resourcing encompasses the deployment and manipulation of human resources, financial resources, technological resources, and natural resources.'
    Sounds like a Leader to me!
    At the risk of you going up in flames (with tongue FIRMLY in cheek )
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    I'ts always been on my CV and it's always been discussed at interview - apart from the one at the forensic lab which I didn't get anyway. My friend got the job instead and said that on the walk round the lab they pulled open a fridge and showed him the half a head on the shelf.

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    My wife got a job as a Learning Mentor in a primary school, because she put her Woodcraft Folk leadership experience in her application. She wouldn't have got an interview without it. She's an ASL now. So yes
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    Thank you very much for that. I work in IT, but I can see some relevance

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    Writing as someone who receives job applications and Cvs to sift through, shortlist and then candidates to interview I would always say include it. I even encourage our YLs to do so when applying for 6th form, colleges etc let alone applying for work.

    Quite often we may have 100 applications, and yet only want to interview 6. As well as the basics of the job description and person spec we are looking for examples / evidence of the skills etc in a practical sense - whether that's in previous employment or volunteering roles such as scouting.

    Employers do want committed reliable staff but more and more also want to be able to say their workforce contributes to the local community - and volunteering their employees may do is a great way to show that.

    If possible word it so that it's relevant to the role you are applying for. As well as the skills etc listed in previous posts scouting can show you can multi task, have good communication skills, maintain confidentiality, work well under pressure (!), can deal with difficult situations, administration and....

    Yes it is likely if you refer to scouting too much it might put an employer off, that's why it's important to keep it in context.

    It may also mean that one of the interview questions may be about how you fit scouting in with a job - but as that's something we are all well practised in doing you should have no trouble answering!
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    My son was helped in getting his apprenticeship through his and my Scouting partly due to the manager of the company knowing me through Scouting

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    TBH I think you need to think about your target audience and remember that the chances are they don't know anything about Scouting.

    If you just say "I'm a Scout Leader" then I see two possible responses:

    1 - positive from someone who knows about the sort of things you do, and
    2 - negative form someone who thinks it will just distract you from your job

    The more important thing is to look at the expectations for the particular job and highlight how you meet each of them. If scouting helps in a particular example then include it. If not, don't include it.

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    Definitely include it. I don't think there is a need to be concerned about a potential employer being concerned with time off. If he is not in scouting chances are he will not understand how time consuming it is (how many have been sucked in with "it's only an hour a week"!) and if he is into Scouting chances are he will look favourably on a fellow Scout!
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    There are some factsheets on this subject such as FS500004.

    As Scouting is very much a part of my life I always include it on my CV. I have had interviews as a result and no employer can ever say "I wasn't told".

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdjno View Post
    Do you suppose that it is worth writing about being a scouter on one’s Curriculum Vitae? Would this be so, even if one’s job is nothing to do with children?

    I can see the advantages of showing that one is organised and trustworthy but I can also see the disadvantages such as the possibility that one may have to rush to scouts after work.

    Have you written about being a scouter on your CV?
    Yep. It's been taken favourably, but to be fair if any company *didn't* take it favourably I expect I wouldn't want to work for them.

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    I've always mentioned it, can't see why you wouldn't to be honest!
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