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Friday, May 31, 2013 - 3:42am

WORKING: Race & Resumes

Updated: 4 years ago.
When you include professional association or civic activities on your resume, they might reveal more about you than you realize, for example, your race or religion. Some resume experts say to include those items because companies might be looking for the diversity. Others say to leave them off. Our career guy Brandon Smith has a more nuanced approach. (Photo Courtesy of Nguyen Hung Vu via Flickr.)

As you’re crafting your resume, you’ll likely include awards, professional associations, and civic activities, among other items. What do those things reveal about you? Perhaps your race or ethnicity, your religion, or even your sexual orientation.

There is conflicting advice about whether to include such things on your resume, so we ask our career guy Brandon Smith what to include and what to leave out.

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at While you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.