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10 Hobbies And Interests That Look Great On Your CV

Many of us have been advised to place hobbies and interests at the very bottom of the priority list when it comes to maintaining our CV. This seems pretty reasonable when you consider the fact that space is already limited and the focus should be on proving your employment capability. Right?

In actual fact, having hobbies and interests on your resume might be more valued by hiring managers than you think. It’s true that recruiters first want to know that you’re qualified for the role, but after this, they’ll be looking out for interesting ways in which you stand out.

Below, we’ll highlight how and which types of hobbies and interests will benefit your CV:

Interests vs hobbies

Firstly, you might want to understand the difference between interests and hobbies. Interests are what you refer to when you’re curious about something or someone. Hobbies, on the other hand, apply to the leisurely activities you partake in that bring you pleasure.

Good examples of hobbies and interests

Hobbies and interests work even better on your resume when they can be linked back to the role that you’re applying for. Here are some hobbies & interests ideas for you to include:

  • Endurance sports: competing in endurance sports suggests drive, tenacity, discipline and dedication. This is desirable for many roles, including sales, account management, business development and more.
  • Action, adventure or extreme sports: the physical and mental challenge that comes with action, adventure and extreme sports will be heartily appreciated by potential employers. For many roles, hiring managers see candidates being able to push boundaries and practice self-discipline as a big tick.
  • Team sports: not only does being part of a team show you’re well-practised at being a team player, but it also shows dedication and determination. If you are the captain or help organise the schedule, then even better. This will demonstrate your leadership, people and coordination skills.
  • Physical, mental, and spiritual practices (such as yoga, pilates or meditation): employees that can stay calm and in control during stressful or busy periods are always desirable. This kind of hobby will bode well if applying to high-energy, fast-paced jobs that require you being able to handle pressure well.
  • Video games: strategic games, such as FIFA or fantasy football, often requires autonomous decision-making and at a rapid pace. Getting involved in these kinds of games also shows that you’re a bit of risk taker, which can be positive!
  • Playing an instrument: whether you practice alone or play as part of a band or orchestra, music-related hobbies require laser focus, resilience and discipline – all of which bode well for technical jobs, such as engineering.
  • Gardening: showing that you care about nature and the environment is a welcomed quality in someone who is seeking jobs in sustainably or renewable energy. It demonstrates that you have a genuine interest in the industry’s mission.
  • Photography & videography: these hobbies and interests demonstrate that you have an eye for aesthetics, carry patience and understand positioning. All of these qualities come across well for roles that demand creativity or perspective.
  • Volunteering or mentoring: naming specific ways in which you contribute to community engagement shows that you aren’t self-serving, work well with other people and you’re altruistic.
  • Anything quirky: mastered how to breathe fire? Compete in dog competitions? While niche, these are always going to prompt a discussion point with the hiring manager. List them!
Hobbies & interests that you shouldn’t include on your CV

Ideally, stay away from listing hobbies that aren’t unique.

  • Reading: most people can read, including all the other candidates applying to the job you’re interested in. Unless you dive deep into French Literature or Russian novels, steer clear from listing this one. Alternatively, list specific authors instead.
  • Anything dishonest: getting caught out lying or exaggerating is embarrassing, and as a result, you probably won’t get the job.
How to display hobbies and interests on your CV

Ultimately your employer wants first to know that you’re qualified for the job and therefore will pay more attention to your career journey and expertise in the initial review. Your hobbies and interests come later, which is precisely how they should be displayed on your resume. We recommend listing them close to the bottom of your CV in a short and snappy bullet point format.

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