HR Question - or - Opinion
eansdad Member Posts: 775 ■■■■□□□□□□
Would you hire someone who was a union shop steward or chief shop steward? Would you toss the resume after reading that or hold an interview with this person? Would the expierence be looked at as good or bad?
I would NOT even mention that you were part of any union on your resume, let alone a steward...c'mon man. Even if you were going for a public sector job, you definitely don't want to mention that. (I can only)Imagine how management feels at your shop....
The job I have now, I was asked how I felt about the union. "Knowing the deal," I gave what could be perceived as an honest answer..."unions are not an excuse to not do or know your job."
Unless you are working for your local/national office, leave the union out of your resume so that folks can concentrate on your skillset.
I don't disagree with any of that. However, I just think that listing union experience would be quite limiting, precisely because "union bashing is 'in again.' "
I'm telling you, if I had given a more "pro-union" answer to my opinion of unions, I'm pretty sure I would not have gotten the job I have now. You won't know if someone who deserved to be fired is going through a union grievance giving management the crap of their lives at the time you're applying for a job (and in my case, that's exactly what was going on...and I'll leave it at that.)
I would still advise not listing any union experience just so that you can at least get the interview at a shop that may very well be anti-union.
Much like if you were a district leader for your local political party (Republican or Democrat...pick one.) A good amount of organizational skills are needed to be a district leader, but I wouldn't put that on a resume either...