This map shows the most common "interests" people list on their resumes by state. No wonder it's so hard to get hired.

This map shows the most common "interests" people list on their resumes by state. No wonder it's so hard to get hired.
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The career site Zippia willingly took on every boss's nightmare and looked through a bunch of resumes for fun: 3,543,017 resumes to be exact. A computer must have been involved. The purpose of this thorough analysis was to determine the most popular keywords people listed on their resumes in the "Additional Interests" section. Zippia divided their research up by state, so you can see how well you fit into your environment/what interests you need to immediately start hating in order to stand out.

The results are simultaneously boring and WTF.

Florida likes "Spanish" which is not surprising, but there's some other strange stuff going on in this section of America.

North Carolina, what is up? As Zippia explained, one reason "Kardashian" kept appearing in so many resumes is completely logical. Some name-dropped the Kardashians because they worked for one part of their empire.

That reasoning helps explain what was going on up North, too.

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Much respect, Rhode Island, for that Harry Potter love. Zippia found this mention on one person's resume as they hosted a “Harry Potter Science Night" that involved the "[demonstration of] non-Newtonian fluids and density through fun, interactive activities.” Good times.

Other states surely would've appreciated that event given some of their overlapping interests.

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Kansas and Missouri are quite a pair with their rather different interests ("Buddhism," "Redneck").

Two other states that deserve some recognition are New Mexico and Hawaii. New Mexico is into "UFOs," and Hawaii likes "Heroin." Let's hope those cover letters from Hawaii are reading more along the lines of "I've worked in a rehab facility specializing in heroin recovery" and not "I love heroin."

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