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Should I include hobbies on my CV?

Posted by: Bethany Lee


A CV can be a significant factor in deciding whether or not you will be invited to an interview. It is therefore essential to get your resume right. 

While every CV should include sections like education and professional experience, one area which is often neglected is the hobbies section.
People often wonder if employers really need to know about your hobbies. 

A section about hobbies can support a CV because it reveals more of your personality and can highlight desirable traits and skills to an employer. That being said, you should carefully consider how you write about these hobbies and which to include. 

Hobbies are activities or pastimes that are carried out regularly in your spare time – usually for fun but could also be a great way to supplement your income simultaneously.
Common hobbies and interests could include anything from sports, music, and dance, to art, blogging, or reading.

CV hobbies - Guitar playing

It is important to remember NOT to mention everything you like to do on your resume. Depending on specific circumstances, there are times when including your hobbies doesn’t make any impact on your CV. 

Moreover, you especially want to mention those of your interests that are interesting or impressive. Do you enjoy running? Don’t forget to mention that you finished a marathon. Do you love travelling? Tell them how many countries you have visited already and what cultural experiences you had or languages you learnt. 

As a general rule you should include hobbies which are professionally relevant, and which show the employer why you’re a good fit for the job.
Society memberships, voluntary aid, community work or even local council involvement are great things to include if you’re looking to prove your commitment to good causes. An active interest in travel beyond the normal package holidays suggests a keenness for culture, but also how suitable you could be if the job requires international awareness.

Don’t forget that your hobbies section is most powerful when it can provide a connection to the qualities you possess, and the skills employers need you to use in the job.

After reading this information what hobbies or interests are you going to choose for your CV? Let us know below.

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