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Which hobbies and interests you should put on your resume?

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A few years ago, I had an interview with a real estate company, and after I briefly introduced myself and went through my resume, the interviewer asked me – ok, but what about your hobbies? Why are your hobbies and interests not listed on your resume? I was stunned at first. To list hobbies on my resume – why? Well, I guess it makes me look more human.

Every resume needs work experience and an education section. Adding interests and hobbies might not be a bad idea. However, be careful what you put on your resume. Not every interest will give a positive reaction from the employer.

Why you should add interests and hobbies?

Adding hobbies can help the employer to see if you are a good fit for their culture. Also, they can get to know you on a personal level. You will definitely have something to talk about during your interview.

If you lack work experience and education, you can always add interest to fill out your resume. this section can help the employer determined if you are curious and willing to learn besides what is given to you.

painting as a hobby
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Before you add interests and hobbies to your resume, think about what type of message you want to send. Add interests and hobbies if they relate to the company and position that you are applying to, and you can showcase certain skills. Adding hobbies and interests that are inappropriate, dangerous, violent, or discriminatory should be avoided.

Examples

Here are the best hobbies and interests to put on your resume:

  • Travel
  • Art
  • Sports
  • Music
  • Volunteering
  • Writing
  • Languages
  • Gaming
  • Theater
  • Outdoor activities
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Music composition, etc.

Anything from these categories will showcase that you are versatile (playing sports), social (sports, volunteering), tolerant (travel), good with time management (volunteering), creative (art and music), communicative (languages).

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