People are always wondering whether to list hobbies and interests on their CV. In an article in yesterday’s DomPost, Jim Bright, a very highly regarded international career expert, suggests that hobbies are better left off the CV. I tend to disagree. Many employers, myself included, like to get an overall picture of the applicant. Interests and hobbies can make the CV more ‘personal’ and is an excellent icebreaker for when you first meet the applicant at the interview.
Some people may feel that this just gives the recruiter something else to ‘judge them by’ . But I would argue that if your interests and hobbies put off a potential employer do you really want to work with them? The job is much more than getting the work done. How often do we hear the phrase ‘cultural fit’? People spend more time at work than in leisure – I certainly would prefer to work with a group of people who I feel I can share experiences which I enjoy.
Also, your interests and hobbies could actually be relevant to your work. As an example someone who is passionate about skiing may love to find a marketing job at a ski resort. Your passion for the sport would give you an advantage over someone who didn’t list it as a personal interest. For sure, don’t bore the reader with a long list of interests, do choose a few that might intrigue the reader. I say, go for it! What do you think?