It’s a question we get asked a lot by friends, family members, and of course our clients. Unfortunately, it’s not always the easiest of questions to answer because it’s not always black and white. A lot of it will depend on your personal viewpoint.
So let’s look at the two arguments.
The Argument For Hobbies
At the end of the day, people buy people. They want to know the person sitting across from them in an interview actually has a personality, and is likely to get on with the other people already working in the organisation, or department.
It’s not always easy to get a good feel of that from someone in an interview, which is a strange, forced and somewhat stressful environment. Knowing, from your CV, that you’re a keen hiker, or love extreme sports, maybe you enjoy writing, or you say you’ve got three dogs; it gives them something else to go on.
The Argument Against Hobbies
Yes, it’s great to remind recruiters and potential employers that you’re a real live human being behind that CV, but does the fact you go sky diving every month, or love long country walks with your Golden Retriever have any bearing on your ability to do the job they want to pay you to do?
Does the fact you’re including hobbies that have no relevance to anything attempt to hide the fact that your CV is actually quite bare and devoid of useful information, skills and experience? Are you simply trying to pad it out so it fills the customary two-pages?
Not only that, but what if you have quite a divisive hobby? Or one that is associated with a slew of stereotypes, which can easily lead to someone pre-judging you before they’ve even walked in to the interview room?
Loving WW2 re-enactments might be a great way to spend your weekend, but it’s going to conjure up a particular cliché, and that might not necessarily go in your favour. It’s best not to risk it.
What we think
Ultimately, it’s your choice and we can see both sides of the argument.
We always advise our clients to only include hobbies that are likely to demonstrate a particular skill, talent or realm of experience that would be useful for the job at hand. For example, if you are volunteer on the PTA, this might demonstrate organisational skills. If you’re the Treasurer for the local dram society, this shows responsibility and you have a good head for numbers.
If a hobby adds nothing to your CV or chances of getting a job, we would generally say leave it out. Your potential employer just doesn’t need to know about it.
Don’t forget, we offer CV reviews as well as writing services. If you’d like to find out more about how a Time Saving Heroes CV could help you land that next interview, speak to us today. Call 0161 883 2024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.