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Why your hobbies are more important to your CV than you think
It’s easy to assume that the hobbies section is the least important when it comes to writing a CV. But have we been wrong in believing that all this time?
There are lots of dividing opinions on the importance of hobbies and interests on a CV. But in our experience we find that the most impressive CV’s make better use of this section and realise its full potential.
Here’s how you can fully utilise the hobbies and interests section of your CV…
Show the employer how passionate you are outside of work
When the hiring manager reads a CV he or she is looking for a passionate and hard working individual. One of the best places to demonstrate this is the hobbies section as it allows you to represent your creative and passionate side.
Someone who demonstrates passion and commitment outside of work is much more likely to do the same inside. Both of these personal attributes are very important to an employer for obvious reasons. If your hobbies also align with your career, then you are easily able to add value to your CV. This would be a win-win situation!
It grabs the hiring managers attention
The hiring manager is used to skipping over the hobbies section as it doesn’t usually contain anything of importance. However, your CV can be very different to the norm and you have the chance to grab the reader’s attention. Mundane and traditional CV hobbies don’t add any value to an application.
Reading books and socialising are not really of interest to an employer. You can choose to put these down if you wish, but it won’t be a problem missing them off either.
Remember, the manager has never met you and is trying to build up a picture of how you would fit into their team. Personalities are very important to any manager, and typically a CV doesn’t give too much away. You might also get lucky and find that the manager shares some of your hobbies and interests.
Above all else you want to make a great first impression and leave the reader wanting to know more. You shouldn’t have to just rely on your skills, qualifications and experience to do that.
Hobbies can demonstrate soft skills
What is a soft skill? Unlike a hard or specific skill, a soft skill relates to something more generic. For example, communication and organisation would describe a soft skill. These are just as important to an employer as the specific skills required for the role, as they relate more to how you might perform.
Sporty hobbies can add a lot of value to a CV. When it comes to soft skills – leadership, communication and team working can be demonstrated through sports and recreation.
Being the captain of your local sports team clearly demonstrates trust and leadership, amongst many other soft skills. You’ve been chosen as captain for a reason. The rest of the team obviously place their faith in you to lead them to success. Your commitment and dedication has paid off, and you’re now in a great position to help others.
Can you see how easily this type of hobby adds value to your CV?