I have a keen interest in knowing people further than what their CV says about them and during my recruitment exercises, I take a proper look at the hobbies they have listed and discuss it during the interview. I have also discovered that many of the candidates do not actually take that section of their CV seriously, which is a huge mistake for me.
Hobbies (Extra curricular activities, Interests) are sets of skills that help describe who you are outside the work place. They can give you an edge, make your CV feel more human and also align you better with the opportunity you are applying for.
Now, so many candidates feel they need to just write this section just for the sake of it without actually ensuring that they are what they say they like. It makes no sense saying you love reading, when you are unable to tell your interviewer what books you read or are reading.
Talent managers and recruiters know how to use your hobbies and interests to benefit you at your interview and it may be the reason you get the job.
The most common hobbies and its meaning on your CV
Reading – shows you enjoy learning and are willing to develop your knowledge. So, emails, company policies, documents for work won’t be a bore to you.
Writing – shows you have a creative mind and are able to verbally interprete what you think through writing. It also means you can document, record and keep the team focussed by jotting down what needs to be done.
Shopping – many ladies (and men) find shopping to be its own sport. This means you can spend time searching for what is needed, ensuring a good bargain and in good time. An attention to detail is also needed for a good shopper.
Travelling – I see someone who enjoys seeking new ways of living. A diverse person who is happy to work and learn in new cultures and environment. It can also mean independence and boldness.
Watching Movies, Music and Dancing – creativity and love for the art in its various forms.
Cooking– creativity and a sense of experimentation, care, hospitable, attention to detail.
Sports– competitive, team player, fun person, dedicated, focussed.
The most important thing to note is that you must not write a hobby you simply aren’t good at or that you don’t even enjoy. Do not write a hobby that is ‘popular’ for the sake of it, that is wrong.
Lastly, include hobbies you have that also reflect your skills and will help in your job or the role you are applying for. This can also help your recruiter know how you can keep your skills and development growing outside the workplace.
If you have no hobbies, how about interests? Or any love or care for volunteer and charity work? If none at all, don’t fuss it.
Do you have an interest or hobby you will like us to discuss? Send us an email or use the comment box section.
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