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How to put hobbies and interests on a resume

Most job applicants don't know which hobbies and interests to add to their job application. And if you are not sure how to integrate hobbies or interests into your resume. This guide will help you determine which ones are useful to stand out from the pool of applicants.


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A hobby is a fun-filled pursuit. Hobbies are not work-related and often without compensation. Hobbies involve gathering items like coins, stamps, stickers, participating in innovative and imaginative activities, sports activities, or discovering information and insights. For instance, you may be interested in football. You can see games on TV and praise for the team but following the game is not a hobby. Since cooking might not be a relevant hobby to include on a resume unless you're seeking employment in the food business, it can demonstrate a proficiency to obey guidelines, recreate, and operate time-dependent projects, culinary art, dexterity, practical knowledge, and the ability to work effectively are all relevant job skills to describe cooking as a hobby on a resume.


Interests are inactive concepts or subjects that intrigue you to gain knowledge about it. It is generally all about studying and exploring insights, principles, and understanding, such as history or mainstream culture. 

Things to consider when adding hobbies or interests to resume

Determine what details you seek to connect with hiring managers when incorporating hobbies or interests into your resume. Hobbies that you provide managers an overview of how a candidate manages their time and what extra-skills they have. 

Interests may suggest subjects that you want to investigate or to pursue that may render you a suitable candidate for the organization. There are many contexts in which hobbies and interests contribute some significance to your resume. For example, if you apply for a position where you have specific field-related knowledge and experience. You may integrate hobbies and interest on your resume in the following contexts; 

  • Integrate interests when you have minimal work and academic background.
  • Add hobbies if you do not have many skills relevant to the job position. 
  • The hiring manager acknowledges the individuality and character of the candidate. 
  • The company requires candidates for extra-hobbies or interests. 
  • Job advertisement describes the tasks and roles that are compatible with hobbies and interests.
  • When you write a segment on hobbies and interests, study the business where you intend to submit your resume. You can notice that the hiring manager supports workers' activities and interests outside the job.

It is essential to be tactical and diligent when developing a segment on hobbies and interests. The hiring manager can interpret it in many ways, so add hobbies and interests that display required and popular skills and attributes. Here is a type of hobbies to add to your resume;

  • Traveling
  • Painting or graphic design
  • Sports
  • Exercising
  • Outdoor activities
  • Community service
  • Photography
  • Cooking or baking
  • Playing a musical instrument

Here is a type of interests to add to your resume;

  • Social causes
  • Research
  • History
  • Theater
  • Podcasting
  • Foreign languages
  • Game

Appropriate hobbies and interests for a resume

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The ideal hobbies and interests describe the prospective employer that you're a suitable fit for the position. Add only those that are relevant and related to the job role. Here are some illustrations of adequate hobbies and interests to put on a resume;

  1. Artistic and imaginative-hobbies consist of painting, designing, and blogging. Such activities reveal that you have a great imagination and that you view things from an insightful viewpoint.
  2. Sports comprise hockey, tennis, rugby, and soccer. They prove that you can function and perform well with people, possess interpersonal skills, and the skills to collaborate.
  3. Fitness sports entail marathons, decathlon, and surfing. They exhibit your motivation and tenacity.
  4. Competitive recreational sports like yoga and archery will illustrate that you are comfortable, managed, and attentive.
  5. Mind-related hobbies cover chess, puzzles, and scrabble, indicate that you value strategizing and have critical and conceptual abilities.
  6.  Community engagement involves volunteering in homeless shelters or rescue groups. They demonstrate that you care regarding supporting your society.
  7. Social hobbies entail books, dance, music, or garden clubs. They prove that you are competent in interacting with others and engaging in social projects.
  8. Collecting hobbies like wood carving, record, and coins reflect your curiosity and attention to specifics.

How to select the right hobbies and interests for your resume

  • Study and analyze the company and collect details regarding workplace culture. Refer to the job requirements to decide what functionality the organization would want the new worker to obtain. Then, go to the corporate website and review the worker's information to know if they mention their hobbies. You may also verify this data on networking platforms. 
  • Customize your interests. If you discover that the job role calls for extrovert applicants who are team-oriented, modify your set of hobbies. For instance, rather than mentioning one of your hobbies as a coin collection, but is a single endeavor. Instead, state that you're playing for a regional football team, which indicates all the attributes that the organization wants to see.
  •  List several hobbies and interests to prove that you can interact with various people and are versatile enough to deal with multiple circumstances.

Listing hobbies and interests on a resume

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Hobbies and interests can contribute to your curriculum vitae and outline valuable abilities, but ensure that you emphasize your academic and work background initially. Here are a few relevant points to remember on stating your hobbies and interests on a resume;

  • Put it at the end of the curriculum vitae after your skills, in an additional segment.
  • Optimally, a resume must be one-page long. Although it is enticing to mention your hobbies and interests to conserve room, a short and concise explanation with everyone is more meaningful.
  • Skillfully define your interests, like you can identify your hobbies in a form that helps a practical relevance to the job position.

Essential requirements for adding hobbies and interests

There are the main principles to take into consideration when integrating hobbies and interests in a resume; 

  • Be truthful regarding stating the facts and details to your hobbies and interests portion.
  • You have to be relevant and descriptive. It's not exceptional to mention traveling as a hobby because it is a common thing. Instead, state that you have traveled for a job conference on international assistance. It can facilitate your resume to distinguish from other applicants.
  • Ensure that your resume is impressive and noteworthy for all valid purposes. Telling that you are playing an outdoor tennis game on the weekends is distinct and confirms that you can communicate with individuals in a group. Though, detailing that you participate in ice climbing reveals a dangerous nature that could push away the hiring managers.

Advantages of adding hobbies and interests to a resume

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  • Employers see tons of available job position applications. Analyze and study to gather the information that both you and the prospective employer have the same hobby or interest, adding that on the application, you can link with them and will provide you a topic to explore during the interview.
  • It can enable you to ensure your resume excels from the sea of applicants. Recruiters managers tend to view a lot of applications focusing on reading as an interest. But a resume that involves cooking and winning a cookie making competition in your hobby segment is extraordinary and makes your resume noticeable.  
  • If you are making a change in your profession or want recruiters to perceive you from a new perspective, hobbies can benefit. For instance, if you have an engineering qualification but are keen to move to a marketing arena, you may include knowledge required in art, architecture, travel, and group participation to prove that you have the requisite artistic talents.
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Make sure your interests and hobbies are compatible and reflect the organizational environment, and that they are a spark of conversation for all the correct purposes. You may employ your hobbies and interests to indicate personality characteristics, but it's a little bit far-fetched. The critical element of a decent resume is its applicability to the task at hand.

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