Don’t forget, when you’re filling out the ‘interests’ section of your CV template, don’t include interests that your employer might be less than happy to hear about. ‘Socialising’ ‘drinking’ or ‘partying’ for example, all suggest you might be crawling into work on a Monday morning with a hangover – and ‘drinking’ ‘wine’ ‘real ales’ ‘pizzas’ or ‘takeaways’ don’t exactly paint a picture of a health conscious employee who is likely to have the minimum possible sick days! DO include activities which are valued by your employer – for example, sports or outdoor activities such as walking and hiking show that you stay healthy and fit, and going to the gym also suggests you take an interest in your health. Think carefully before putting dangerous activities on the CV – these could be met with mixed reactions and may again cast into doubt your ability to show up for work on a Monday morning – at least, with all four limbs working!
Does an employer really care about hobbies on a CV?
You could say that to answer this question it all comes down to who’s reading it. Do they really care what you do in your spare time, or are they only interested in your experience and skills?
Hobbies and interests can make a positive impact
If an employer decides to skip over this section then fair enough – it’s completely up to them. However, it doesn’t mean to say that you shouldn’t make an effort as you may come across someone who likes to see what you’re up to in your spare time.
Remember, a manager is not just interested in finding out how great you’d be in the role but also how you’d fit into their team and get along with everyone else. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone you work with, but getting along is an extremely important aspect when working as a team, and the more chemistry the better!
It’s obviously very hard to know how you would fit into any position and an interview is where that part of the process is better established, but it’s important to realise that the reader of your CV is consciously and subconsciously building up a picture of you in their mind.
Try to be creative
You should never be afraid to be creative when filling out your hobbies and interests section. If you play in a band for example, why not post a link to your website or Youtube so the employer can see you play.
You might play for your local sports team, so another great example of how you can provide more information about this. For example, you’ve recently been promoted or have just won a competition.