Should I include my Hobbies and Interests in my CV?

Jo Draper By Jo Draper, 22nd May 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1lch9-ci/
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Knowing whether to include hobbies and interests in a CV or resume can be tricky but there is a way to decide whether your CV should include this extra section of content.

CV Structure

There are many varying opinions about what a resume or CV should look like, some favour photographs being included, whilst others consider this to be totally unnecessary and possibly even detrimental. There are very sound arguments around whether a CV should be written in the first or third person, and there is an age old argument about the perfect length of a resume, should it be one page, two pages or three? But amongst all of these common debates the most common of all is arguably whether a hobbies and interests should be included.

Hobbies and Interests - The Argument Against

The hobbies and interests section has historically been tagged on to the end of a CV to give the reader a bit more information about the job applicant’s other interests outside of academia or work. Sometimes this section can provide a fascinating nugget of information that will make the applicant stand out from the crowd or at least intrigue the employer enough to call them in for an interview. But more often than not this section lacks anything inspiring, interesting or indeed important. And if this is the case then it may be wise to consider removing the section all together, after all, space is valuable on a CV, and this space could be used to highlight another achievement or relevant skill, rather than state that you like reading or going to the gym.

Hobbies and Interests - The Argument For

On the other hand of course some job seekers may be struggling to fill the space on their CV, particularly if they have little or no work experience and/or little or no academic history. As such the hobbies and interests section can be a real gift, allowing an individual to highlight skills and interests that could be transferable into the workplace or that demonstrate that they are a well-rounded person despite their lack of experience. If this is the case, then the way in which the particular hobbies and interests are dealt with is very important, simply listing activities is not the way forward! Instead the hobbies and interests section should be written as either a paragraph or as extended bullet points, for example:

I am passionate about environmental issues and I volunteer at a local charity promoting the importance of recycling. I also co-ordinate the charity’s fundraising events, with proceeds being fed back into the local community. In addition I like to keep fit and healthy, and I participate in team sports on a regular basis, these include football and netball and I am also the club secretary at the town’s hockey club.

The above paragraph shows an employer that the individual in question has a social conscience, is hard working, driven, committed to a cause, a team player, able to demonstrate organisational skills and has administrative experience. This paragraph therefore would certainly add value to a CV or resume that was otherwise lacking. And this point is the key to deciding whether your CV or resume should include a hobbies and interests section, if it adds value, and there is room for it then it should definitely be included. If not, then use the space for some alternative content or to allow for more white space around your CV.

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Cv Layout, Cv Structure, Cv Writing, Cv Writing Service, Hobbies, Interests, Resume, Resume Writing

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author avatar Jo Draper
I have worked in many fields including; accounting, childcare, education and healthcare, but my love is writing. The snippets I will share will focus on education, publishing and recruitment.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd May 2012 (#)

This is a very interesting question. When you are young and have little practical experience to offer it seems a good way to pad the resume, perhaps offer something of common interest between you and the perspective employer. When you are more experienced it has perhaps less impact.

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author avatar vpaulose
4th Jul 2012 (#)

Interesting. Thank you Jo.

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author avatar philpalm
6th Jun 2013 (#)

I agree with Peter. However certain dangerous hobbies should be excluded unless they might mesh with the job you are trying to obtain. For instance sea diving is sort of dangerous but it is a requirement for a company that does occasionally call for someone with underseas experience.

Applying for a job is stressful. I suppose a hobby could provide an outlet for the stress and that is the main purpose of a hobby.

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author avatar Williamsji
17th Oct 2013 (#)

Very useful and informative, Congrats to the author, Williamsji Maveli

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