What’s your favourite hobby? Do you prefer volunteering with Guides, a spot of gardening, or jamming like a guitar god? Whatever your preferred pastime, can it help you get a job?
“Do Something You Love and You’ll Never Work a Day in Your Life”
Including your hobbies on your CV remains somewhat controversial. But there’s a strong case to be made for mentioning them if they directly link to the job you’re applying for. For instance, if you’re going for a communications role, it makes sense to mention your blog to show off your flair for writing.
While your hobby might not relate to your dream role, it might offer you transferable skills which will help your CV to shine. If rounding up your squad for five-a-side matches has taught you time-management and organisational skills, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t mention it when applying for a team leader role.
This goes for soft skills too. For instance, volunteering with a rowdy group of boy Scouts shows you have the patience needed in customer-facing roles. Just make sure you detail your hobbies in a way which emphasises the skills you’ve picked up.
Helping You to Stand Out
Perhaps more importantly, your hobby can give your CV a bit of personality. Mentioning it can establish a common interest with the hiring manager. This will help your meeting to stand out in their mind when it’s time to shortlist candidates.
A Matter of Taste
But bear in mind that hobbies are subjective. While there’s always a chance that the recruiter will love hearing about your heavy metal band, it’s probably more likely that it will mean nothing to them. So, if you can’t relate your hobby or the skills it’s taught you to the specific role you’re applying for, it’s better to leave it out.
Has your hobby ever landed you a job? Or do you always leave them off your CV? Let us know in the comments below.
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