Some Hobbies & Interests For Your Resume!

Sometimes, our personal and professional lives are forced to intersect. One of these instances is if you decide to include a “Hobbies and Interests” section on your resume. Of course, you want these to present you in a positive light. There are many things that you might enjoy doing that you would not openly share with your coworkers and supervisors. Treat your “Hobbies and Interests” section similarly. Here is a non-exhaustive list of appropriate hobbies and interests that could impress certain interviewers and start up an interesting conversation that could contribute to you landing the job!

  • Chess
  • Creative Writing
  • Blogging
  • Image Editing
  • Photoshop
  • Researching
  • Volunteering
  • Playing Sports (especially on an organized team)
  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Art
  • Reading 
  • Podcasting
  • Learning Languages
  • Theater
  • Sustainability
  • Hiking
  • Dance
  • Gaming
  • Wikipedia Contribution
  • Filmmaking
  • Computer Programming
  • Songwriting
  • Surfing
  • Graphic Design
  • Yoga

Remember, you have one page to craft an impressive resume, so you may not want to use your valuable space on your resume with hobbies or interests. This is because hobbies are often used when you don’t have enough experience to fill up your page. Additionally, depending on your interviewer, each interest or hobby could be taken as a negative.

If you do end up adding a section containing hobbies and interests to your resume, make sure that you do it in an appropriate format at the bottom of your resume. If you need to expand on any of your points, feel free to, but again, be conscientious of the space you are using. Additionally, this list is definitely not every single possible hobby and interest that you could put. As with anything and everything on your resume, you want to be able to explain and expand on every interest. The biggest value of your hobbies is showing the employer what you are interested in and passionate about. Hopefully at least one of your bullet points sparks an amazing conversation!

By Alina Minkova
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