Resume Writing – What to Include in Your Interests and Hobbies Section

MakeupProbably one of the most difficult aspects of writing a resume is knowing exactly what to include in that interests and hobbies section.

It may not seem a very important section, but trust me, when it comes to having a number of similar applicants, many employers look to this section to help differentiate between people.

One of the key things to remember when it comes to your interests and hobbies section is to ensure that you ONLY include information which is relevant for the job.

After all, there is no sense declaring a keen interest in pottery making if you are applying for a managerial position. If you are applying for a position in an “arts and crafts” store then this may actually be a wise thing to include!

It is up to you to to decide what should be included and what shouldn’t! Remember, like most parts of your resume, what you put here should be tailored for the specific job that you are applying for! So do play about with it a little.

It is important that you don’t make this section too long, despite its importance, many employers will glance over it only briefly. There are plenty of other sections there which they will focus on.

ReflectionMy suggestion is that you focus on four or five interests or hobbies.

Bullet point them and give a couple of sentences description at the most, although most people just bullet point.

Remember, if the recruiter wants to discuss more with you, they will ask!

Hopefully this information on what you should be including in your interests and hobbies section is useful!

Don’t forget the number one tip I gave earlier; always tailor your hobbies and interests section to a specific job, you will have a lot more success!

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