Hobbies you can add to Your CV

Hobbies you can add to your CV are a great way to do what you love and gain valuable skills. From photography to planning, your interests could kick your CV up a notch.

Hobbies can be more than just doing what you love. If you’re really invested in them, you could end up gaining self-taught skills and experience. So why not put it to good use? Now is the time to gear up on hobbies you can add to your CV. This could be the headstart your career needs.

What are Hobbies?

Think hobbies are just boredom busters? Well not at all. Hobbies are all the activities you regularly do during your free time. These are usually things you can do by yourself or as a group. Since you’re able to do what you love, it will leave you feeling happy and fulfilled. 

Can you add Hobbies to Your CV?

Yes you can! This is a great way for recruiters to get to know you before you step into the interview. But there are some limits to it. If you are highly qualified and have plenty of work experience, then focus on your skills instead. If not, then add hobbies to your CV if:  

  • It is relevant to the job you are applying to
  • You have limited work experience or only matric
  • It will allow you to highlight your social skills

Hobbies you can Add to Your CV

As we mentioned above, the hobbies you include should be relevant to the job you want. It’s no use listing baking as your hobby when you’re applying to a financial manager post. Below are some hobbies you could include and why they are relevant. 

Volunteering

There are many career benefits of volunteering. These initiatives will help develop your social and teamwork skills. These are basic skills employers often want in their employees.

Photography

Want to have a job as a photographer or in the events industry? Then adding photography as your hobby is a great choice. You could even add a link to your portfolio to show off your skills.

Planning Events

As easy as it may sound, not everyone can plan events. You need to have decision-making and problem-solving skills to ensure everything runs smoothly. Adding this could prove that you have these skills. 

Blogging and Writing Content

If you enjoy writing content and blogging, then add it to your CV. This is a great add for those who want to pursue a writing job. You could be one step closer to securing a marketing career.

Travelling

For some jobs, you may need to be on the road – a lot! Prove your flexibility and add travelling to your CV. This is a perfect fit for job seekers who want to break into the tourism industry.

Sports and Fitness

Hobbies aren’t just great for office careers. If you enjoy sports and fitness, you could land a job as a trainer. You also have the option to provide after-school activities to students like soccer. 

Learning a new Language

Okay, we get it. Learning a language is not easy. But if it’s your hobby, then allow all your hard work to pay off. Add a foreign language to your CV and you could manage clients far and near.

Volunteers standing at a table filled with boxes handing out small bottled water. Take a look at some of the hobbies you can add to your CV.

Benefits of Adding Hobbies to Your CV

There are plenty of perks of including hobbies to your CV. It is a great way to showcase your personality along with your skills. Listed below are some of the many benefits it has in store for you. It:

  • Is a great add for those who do not have a lot of skills
  • Shows the productive use of your time
  • Proves your eagerness to learn new skills
  • Highlights your ability to take initiative to pursue your interests

How to Add Hobbies on Your CV

Ready to slap on some hobbies and apply for your dream job? Well, let’s slow down a bit. You’ll need to add them strategically. Adding them without clear planning could do more harm than good. Use our guidelines on how to include them below:

Take it Down low 

Start your CV with your qualifications and work experience. Once you have those highlighted, add your hobbies below. If you do not have experience, start with your schooling then your interests.

Highlight What You’ve Learnt

Instead of just saying “volunteering” or “travelling”, include a short summary. This is your chance to tell recruiters about the skills you have gained and how it can help you in your career.

Keep it Short

Including a short summary is great, but the emphasis is on the word short. Recruiters go through countless CVs. So focus on the positives and keep it to a few short sentences. 

Tell the Truth

So you’ve made it to the interview. That’s great! But what if the interviewer asks you about the skills listed in your CV? Don’t lie about your skills and hobbies. Telling the truth will benefit you in the end.

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Last Updated: June 3, 2022

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Charnell Ward
Charnell Ward
Charnell is a top-class content creator at Skills Academy. She creates engaging content with the aim to provide useful information on distance learning and further study opportunities. Her passion for writing goes beyond her career, as she enjoys writing short stories and volunteering as a writer in her free time. View my LinkedIn profile