The decision to include hobbies in your resume can be that added advantage you need to humanize your application and get an interview. However, the hobbies section of your resume is not the most appropriate place to elaborate. The fact of including hobbies “without rhyme or reason” in this section can rule out a perfectly viable curriculum.
In this chapter we will see:
- How (and when) to mention your hobbies on your resume
- How to align your hobby section with a particular job or company
- Examples of hobbies you should (and shouldn’t) include in your resume
How (and when) to mention your hobbies on your CV
How and when to include interests on your resume comes down to thinking like a hiring manager. Companies are looking for candidates who have soft skills such as attention to detail, willingness to take on new challenges or good team communication, as well as specific practical experience or training. If your hobbies indirectly check these boxes, they can be part of your resume. Hobbies can also show an outline of your personality and energy, giving you a unique edge over the rest of the resume pile.
Your resume is your ticket to a personal interview. It should reflect who you are and why you are the person coming to interview about that open vacancy. Review these tips when writing down your hobbies on your resume, and do it by presenting yourself as someone you would like to have on your team.
How (and when) to include your hobbies in your CV:
- Customize your resume with the hobbies and skills related to the position
- List them in a compact list similar to the skills section, unless you are new to the job market and have enough room for broader development.
- Vary your hobbies to show balance, but don’t share too much
- Avoid including interests that are too personal or politically polarizing
- List hobbies and interests on your resume down
- Includes 2 or 3 hobbies at most
Select hobbies worthy of appearing on a CV
When writing your resume you should reflect your best traits, while remaining sincere and mentioning relevant aspects. Your hobbies have to show skills that can be useful for the job or that reflect your personality type without giving too many details. Start by paying attention to the soft skills that are deduced from the publication of the work. Examples might include:
- Ability to concentrate under pressure
- Ability to meet strict deadlines
- Delegation of tasks to the practice team
- Organization of budgets and spreadsheets
From here stop to think about what hobbies you could include in your resume. Let’s say your interests include:
- Alpine skiing
- Player on a local football team
- Collect buttons
- Volunteering in a social club
How to align your interests with the competencies needed for the job?
For example, alpine skiing allows you to concentrate under pressure, while team sports and volunteer work highlight the ability to work in a team. If you do not see clearly the relevance that your hobby could have during the job interview, such as your enthusiasm for collecting buttons, do not add it.
Note: Remember that there is always the possibility of a dialogue about your interests and hobbies during the interview. If your interviewer also likes downhill skiing, you’ll need to be able to have a conversation about it. Choose only the hobbies that you are really passionate about. Hobbies are optional, so if you don’t have any genuine or relevant interest, you’re better off skipping this section on your resume.
Where to include your hobbies section in the CV?
The hobbies you include in your resume can give you an advantage over other candidates. But your work experience and training take precedence over your leisure activities. Place your hobbies section toward the end of the resume or in a sidebar that includes additional information, depending on the resume template you use.
List your hobbies in a specific section with a list of points if your resume doesn’t have enough relevant experience. Previous work experience, even if it is outside your current career path, internships and training carry more weight than hobbies.
Create lists of clean and brief points, including interesting information that directly reflects what relationship he has with you as a person and as a worker.
If your interests include aspects such as volunteer work or supplemental employment, don’t rule out incorporating those experiences into a separate section on volunteering or within your work experience section. It is very likely that there you will receive more attention than in the hobbies section.
Examples of hobbies in a CV
Learn to recognize how to relate your hobbies to your job skills in ways you haven’t previously considered. Let’s look at some of the most common hobbies and how to include them in a way that connects with work.
Volunteering/associations: When listing the experience on your resume, the key is to be specific, but volunteering, in general, can place you above the rest of the candidates. A recent study has revealed that 82% of recruiters prefer candidates with volunteer experience. Volunteer work reflects your commitment to a team or community and to achieving long-term goals for the common good.
Photography: Photographers use both the left and right sides of their brains, composing creative and balanced images, as well as understanding the intricate workings of a camera. Include photography as a hobby only if it is a personal hobby. If photography and photographic training are part of your work experience or job requirements, you will need to further specify your talents and skills in the work experience section.
Team sports. Dedication to team sports demonstrates strong communication skills, good job performance under pressure, team ability, and good work-life balance. Business Insider reported that those who are part of sports teams tend to thrive in corporate ventures. If you participate in several sports teams throughout the year, try to find a way to summarize the activity in a few words and try not to give excessive information.
Write on a blog. Blogging or writing within your industry is a great way to demonstrate your writing, editing, and marketing skills through the hobby section of your resume. Maintaining a well-informed and corrected blog reveals critical thinking, connection with current trends, and self-managed professional actions.
Conclusions about the hobbies section of the CV
Today’s workforce considers personality and work-life balance to be two great assets in a company. If your hobbies section tells the story of a person ready to take on their dream job, include it without hesitation in your resume. The list of interests and hobbies on your resume should:
- Tell a complete story in a short sentence, without going into too much detail.
- Record soft job-related skills.
- Be included at the bottom, to complete the information about experience and training.
- Outline a potential (and positive!) conversation during the interview that has to do with the job.
Even if skydiving is your escape valve from work, it can be the key to a fantastic resume. Analyze the hobbies on your resume by comparing the list with the job description. If you find a clear link between the two, including your interests on your resume, could be the winning ballot for a job interview.