Many job seekers have trouble figuring out what hobbies and interests to list on a resume. Should you even include hobbies and interests on your resume?
The answer is that it depends on where you are in your career and what your hobbies or interests are. This section could be an excellent way to show the employer you’re a good fit outside of the professional skills and abilities section.
By the end of this article you will know whether or not you should include them on your resume and how to include them effectively.
Okay, so here you are trying to write a resume that will land an interview. Would someone looking at your resume be impressed by what your hobbies or interests are? Is it relevant in anyway to the position you’re applying for? If the answer is no, then you might be better leaving this section off.
Sorry to break it guys, no recruiter is going to hire you over someone else because you like travel or fishing. This isn’t a Facebook profile, your resume is a document that tells the employer why you’re a good match for the job.
What if you have trouble coming up with hobbies or interests that would be relevant or effective?
Don’t worry, later in this article we’ll show you how to easily find hobbies or interests that will be relevant and effective.
Include the hobbies or interests that help show the employer why you’re a good fit for the job and have some level of professional relevance. For example, let’s say you’re a hiring manager looking to hire a web developer.
Which candidate comes off as a better pick for the position?
You can clearly see what that candidate B has the more relevant and effective hobbies and interests. When deciding on what hobbies and interests you could include on your resume, look at it from an employer’s perspective. So, what are some good hobbies and interests to include on a resume?
We’ve put together a list of hobbies and interests you can use on your resume.
Exception – If you have interests and activities that are relevant, you could also include other hobbies such as travel, swimming etc. It’s okay to list out a few interests outside of your work life as it shows some personality and adds a human touch. Remember to make an effort and lead with something that’s relevant.
Okay, you may be reading this and thinking “I can’t think of any professionally relevant hobbies or interests that would fit in with my resume”. Relax! If you can’t find anything that would be of relevance, it’s just fine.
But if you dig a little deeper and hustle, you can easily find something that could be of use. Look for local organizations or associations in your field you can join.
You can even set up a website and blog on any topic in your industry. Showing some interests and activities outside of your work experience could really give you a leg up over the rest of the candidates.
Keep this section small and towards the very end of your resume. You can put in 2-3 of the ones you feel are most relevant. Avoid too many words or overcrowding this section. This should be just a small piece that helps the overall message you’re conveying to the employer, that you’re a good fit.
Here is where you may want to change it up. When you think of hobbies, you think of crafts, fishing, sports, music etc. You may want to change the label of this section to be more professional. You can label this section of you resume:
You can change the labeling a bit depending on what you’re putting in.
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So to wrap it up, this section could really provide a boost to your resume effectiveness. Keep it relevant and avoid “fluff” on your resume. If you have trouble coming up with supporting interests or activities, follow the advice above and you should be able to come up with a few. If you’re still unable to find anything that’s relevant, no worries, focus on making the other sections of your resume effective and relevant!
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Good luck with your job search!