Do you really need to put hobbies and interests on your CV?
To mention or not to mention your hobbies and personal interests in your curriculum vitae, that is the question!
The hobbies and interests section in a CV is optional. So is it worth making a little place for? The-not that short- answer is… It depends.
If you have little to no work experience and have enough space to spare in your resume, then go for it.
We will develop more on the whys, dos, and don’ts when it comes to adding your personal interests to your CV.
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1. Where should you put the hobbies and interests section on your CV?
The hobbies and personal interests section is the cherry on top of a well-structured and written resume. It is advised to add it last.
After all, we are not gonna mention it on top of the CV or too close to the professional experiences!
Placing it next to the languages and additional skills sections should do well.
2. Why do you need hobbies and interests on your CV?
The list is long so let’s dive right in.
First, recruiters are not only recruiting a set of skills and knowledge. They are adding a human element to an already existing team. This is why mentioning your hobbies and interests will highlight the human aspect of your resume.
Also, a lot of hiring managers depend on this section of your resume to guess if your profile is a cultural fit for their company. Plus, there is also a chance that you have common interests with the person reading your resume, who could also be your potential interviewer. This could make a great conversation starter and alleviate the job interview tension.
And to sum it up, some hobbies do say a lot about you as a person. Do you like chess? This means you are pretty strategic in your thinking. Are you an amateur musician? You must be well organized and play/ work well in a team…etc.
3. Examples of Hobbies and Interests that match the job offer:
- Writing: being fond of writing exhibits creativity and ease in communication. It is a very useful hobby to add to your resume.
- Design or any visual arts-related hobby: more creativity and originality.
- Chess: Strategic thinking.
International Business Jobs:
- Learning languages: this shows that you are more disposed to develop your career internationally than your peers applying to the same job.
- Traveling: does that mean you do not mind going on a lot of business trips? Maybe.
Web Development and IT Jobs:
- Board games: this displays strong cognitive abilities.
- Video Games: solving problems in video games is similar to programming in a lot of cases.
- Making music or listening to music: “Music is structural, mathematical and architectural. It’s based on relationships between one note and the next. You may not be aware of it, but your brain has to do a lot of computing to make sense of it”.
4. The DONTS:
- If you are applying to a senior job position and you already have a crowded resume with just enough space to develop your professional experiences, do not bother with including hobbies and personal interests.
- Netflix and scrolling social media ARE NOT REAL HOBBIES. If you have no relevant or interesting hobbies, it is better to leave the section blank than fill it with randomness.
- Do not lie about your interests. This is a job application after all and not a romantic date you are trying to impress. Even tho I’d advise against this in either case. There is no need for potential embarrassment if the conversation about the hobbies you lied about gets started during the job interview. You could ruin it for yourself at the last minute.