Blakbird, on 28 March 2012 - 12:12 AM, said:
A resume should never be more than 1 page, and putting LEGO in that precious scant space implies you couldn't think of anything better to say.
Actually, the notion that a resume should never be more than 1 page is an outdated concept. The main idea is that a resume should be clear, concise, and to the point. It should not have anything not relevant to the position and should be easy to read and understand.
Maybe someone fresh out of school should try to stick to that as they won't have a lot of good experience to put down. But as you advance in your career you will need to show all your relevant experience. For someone with lots of work experience, relevant certifications, training, computer skills, courses, etc it is pretty much impossible to do it on 1 page without using a font so small it would be comical.
My resume is a solid 2 pages, and I've always had success at getting the jobs that I seek out. It is not uncommon for people going for Phd research type of positions with 3 or more pages on their resume.
I am a mechanical engineer that has been working for over 10 years. As far as putting Lego as a hobby, I frankly don't put any hobbies down on my resume as I don't have the room. Some large corporations have applications to fill out, and sometimes hobbies are listed. I usually put regular stuff like sports (tennis, golf, etc) or even list computers as a hobby. Yes, Lego Technic can be viewed as a technical hobby, but you don't know who is going to be seeing that and what they will think. It's always best to err on the side of caution and just don't list it.
If hobbies comes up during an interview it is probably safe to mention since you can explain in great detail what it is that you do with Lego. Once they call you in to interview, they have determined that your qualifications meet the job requirements, and they are trying to determine if you fit in with the company. So, something that can make you seem more personable and friendly is usually a plus. Also, during an interview you can present yourself in a professional and mature manner, and discussing Lego won't seem childish as it might seem when reading it on someone's resume.