Should you include that you are an ordained minister on your resume?

The short answer is “It depends.”  As always, think recency and relevancy.  If it is neither then definitely leave it off.  If you recently became an ordained minister and it fills a resume gap then you might want to use it.  If the job that you are applying for is unrelated and there are no gaps leave it off.

Why?  Companies want to hire someone who WANTS to work for them not just someone who is WILLING to work for them.  If your work history is all over the place or has been in a different direction recently then you need to be able to explain it, IF you get a call from the recruiter.  But you want to eliminate any hesitations someone may have in calling you.

It happened and now it’s done. You live with it or it eats you up.
Carol

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