Just how relevant are your hobbies and interests to your resume? Do employers really want to know what you do in your spare time, or what sports teams you played for in high school or university?
As a professional resume writer in Vancouver I get this question a lot, and the answer isn’t so cut-and-dried.
Some of you might feel that you don’t have any interests that are worth stating. If you think that putting in plain “vanilla” interests would only consume valuable sections in your resume – such as listening to music, reading, going for walks, etc. – then leave that area empty.
Important hobbies & interests
On the flip side, the “hobbies and interests” section of the resume is the only part that tells the reader who you really are, as an individual. If, for example, you run a music site where you showcase new independent acts in your town or city, and have managed to attract 150,000 followers on your site, and generate about a thousand dollars of online banner ad revenue per month, your employers will want to know about this.
Have a look at my article in Freshgigs.ca, “Is It Necessary To Include “Sports, Hobbies, and Interests” In My Resume?,” and read about the different scenarios where it might be relevant to describe your interests, sports, and hobbies.
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