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Wondering whether or how to put hobbies and interests on your CV?
COVID-19 hit the UK job market hard with mass unemployment rife and millions being forced to work from home.
During these turbulent times many took it upon themselves to develop their skills, hobbies and interests.
As people lost their jobs they may have questioned how to make their CV stand out in the saturated job seekers field.
Well, highlighting skills developed from hobbies and interests might be the key to landing your new job. Read on to find out more.
Before we look at hobbies and interests on a CV, we have to explain the difference between them.
According to Merriam-Webster a hobby can be defined as: “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation.”
Meanwhile an interest is: “a feeling that accompanies or causes special attention to something or someone.”
Therefore, it can be argued that an interest is more a feeling or emotion towards something.
A hobby is when the interest becomes an actual physical activity. You devote regular time to it but skills you learn do not aid you in the development of your job.
A firefighter, for example, might have an interest in baking because it appeals to them – but it only becomes a hobby if they do it regularly.
With this all in mind, you might be asking yourself, ‘shouldn’t a CV strictly be professional? Why would I include a list of my hobbies and interests on my CV?’, you might even wonder ‘who cares?’.
As Careers Consultant Edith Karinthi-Durnez explains, listing your hobbies and interests can help you stand out from the crowd.
“Featuring your activities outside of your studies and work… can actually be quite compelling and make you stand out during the recruitment process – if you do it right.
“Whilst most of your CV tells the story of your education and work experience, skills and achievements, your interests reveal a little more of your personality and values.
“They can show how passionate, open-minded, playful, voluntary, patient, persistent, entrepreneurial, driven, risk-taker, or community-focussed you are.”
Including hobbies and interests on your CV can be beneficial in making you stand out from the crowd, however you must do it right!
You should showcase hobbies and interests which have developed any transferable skills which you might use in that specific job role.
Please note – make sure that whatever hobby or interest you mention, you do not lie!
This could lead to you getting caught out in a very embarrassing way when, for example, the interviewer asks you for more detail about the equipment you use when you go rock climbing.
So you’ve decided to mention some of your hobbies and interests on your CV but are unsure where to list them.
Generally speaking, your hobbies and interests will be towards the end of your CV.
First outline crucial information: contact details, education history and any previous employment that highlights relevant experiences and skills.
Then showcase your personality more through your interests and hobbies, outlining the transferable skills you have gained which will help you in the potential job.
Now, let’s imagine someone is applying for a team leadership/management position.
This role demands someone to be confident, comfortable dealing with workers’ personalities and able to handle any arising conflicts.
Here is an example of some hobbies and interests being listed on a CV for this job role:
As captain for my local Sunday League football team for the past three seasons, I am responsible for all those involved in the team. If a teammate is out of line it’s my duty to step in and calm things down. I take full responsibility for my teammates’ actions and so have to be a leader on the pitch, setting the right example from the start.
I volunteer at my local library on a Saturday where I oversee the functioning of the whole library’s operation whilst managing four fellow volunteers. Having started as a volunteer a year ago assisting customers behind the counter, I was soon given more responsibility over the entire operation due to my commitment to the library where I did not miss a single day’s volunteering for 50 consecutive weeks.
The best hobbies and interests to put on your CV are therefore completely subjective. One hobby might suit one role perfectly, but not another.
The best CVs have to be tailored to each specific job role you apply for and likewise so do hobbies and interests you mention.
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