Should you include hobbies on your CV?

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 hello@timesavingheroes.co.uk.

 

Christmas 2017 Opening Hours

Here at Time Saving Heroes we value your customers as much as you do.  However, we also value our staff, which is why we are also going to be taking a break over the Christmas period.

 

We’d like all our clients to note that our admin section will be closing at 5pm on Friday, 22nd December 2017.  We will then be running a reduced service from 10am on Wednesday, 27th December 2017 until 10am on Wednesday, January 3rd 2018.

 

Our customer service and call handling team will be going on leave from 7pm on Saturday, 23rd December until 10am on Wednesday, 27th December 2017.  They will then go on leave again at 5pm on Sunday, 31st December 2017 and will return at 8am on Wednesday, 3rd January 2018.

 

We would all like to take the time to wish you a very Merry Christmas, and all the best for the new year.  Thank you for your support throughout 2017 – and we look forward to working with you again in 2018.

 

You’re so vain, you probably think social media marketing is about you

We all know people who are “inwardly focussed”.  OK, let’s not beat about the bush here, self-involved.  Whether they be friends or work colleagues, we all have that person who dominates conversation. If you have done something, they’ve done it better.  If you’ve been ill, they had it worse.  No matter what you’re talking about, they skilfully turn the conversation back round to them.

No matter who it is, or what the situation they’re in, these people are a royal pain in the what-not. However, when it comes to networking and marketing, it’s potential business suicide.

Think about the last time you went to a networking event and were faced with a total stranger who thrust their hand out, introduced themselves and shoved a business card at you. Five minutes later you’re still listening to them drivel on about their business, the product, their experience, their sheer wonderfulness.

Did you ever do business with them?

Have you ever referred to them?

Come on be honest, do you now avoid them at all costs?

Thought so.

Social media marketing is absolutely no different.  When I start working with a new client they often query what to post on social media, usually citing the fact their industry isn’t interesting enough to post about twice a day.

When I reply that the last thing they want to do is keep talking about themselves, their industry or their product they look at me like I have two heads.

But how will I sell if I don’t mention my latest gadget?

Over the years I’ve learnt to curb my urge to face palm and cry; however, this still remains my initial instinct.

I know I’ve said it before, but if you’re new, or have forgotten, let me say it again: social media marketing is NOT about selling.  It’s about building relationships with your audience, and you can’t do that if all you try to do is sell to them.

No matter how many of my ramblings you’ve read in the past, you may well find yourself thinking this makes no sense.  Your business is on social media because you want to sell things. Your audience knows you want to sell things to them, and clearly they don’t mind otherwise they wouldn’t be following you.

Right?

Wrong.

The key thing you need to remember is that your audience is not on social media because they want to buy things. They use social media day in, day out for entertainment, to learn things, to keep on top of news and current trends, to interact and to be, well, social.

Your constant posts to buy, buy, buy are nothing more than spam.

They can’t learn, they can’t interact, they can’t engage.

If they can’t do these things at any point, they will tune out.  It doesn’t matter if they unfollow you, or simply mute you – the end result is the same.

You are never going to get them back.

When it comes to social media marketing your job is to inform your audience.  Tell them about products that are on the market – even if you don’t sell them. Let them know you are the best person to come to when they are looking for advice.  Don’t judge every interaction by what you immediately get out of it.

A customer may come to you, ask your advice and go elsewhere. But they will always remember how you took the time to help them in the first place.  Next time they need something they may come to you and actually purchase. If you wow them then, I assure you, you have a customer for life.  And that is definitely worth whatever time it cost you in the first place.

People cannot build a relationship with someone who just talks at them constantly – you need to find ways to make them want to interact and engage with you. Let them learn about you, what your values are, what you stand for and what your experience is. Get them to care about your story.

Look after them, and they will most definitely look after you.