The hobbies section in resume is like styling your hair before a date. When you style it well, it compliments your face and, if you’re really good, your whole appearance. How to nail the interests section?
Your CV equals to a Tinder profile picture. The recruiter assesses it in six seconds. How to make them invite you for a job interview?
Here’s the deal: add a killer hobbies and interests section. Most candidates don’t add it or can’t make a good use of it… Yet the ability to show a connection between your leisure activities and the role may mean the difference between you getting the job or another candidate. So, how to prove to the recruiter that you’re the one?
7 Easy Tips For a CV Hobbies and Interests Section
1) Let Your Personality Stand Out
Think of it this way: you are at a bar and you see a gorgeous looking model next to a sea of suitors ready to impress her (duh!). You won’t get chat time without attracting attention.
Before you put an awesome interest section, you want to make sure the recruiter gets to it. Thing is: your resume might be perfect.. only content-wise. But if
-it presents itself poorly (e.g. formatting gone wrong),
-doesn’t highlight your strengths immediately
the recruiter might send it directly to the bin. You wouldn’t want that, would you? Therefore, you need to understand how recruiters assess CVs.
According to the Eye-Tracking Study: How Recruiters View Resumes
Recruiters rated resumes with an obvious information hierarchy as “easier to read.” On a Likert scale of 1 to 7, self-written resumes (above left) averaged 3.9 versus 6.2 for the professionally rewritten resume (above right), a 60% increase.
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2) Be Original
You want to stand out all the way. Don’t think you have an original hobby? It’s all a matter of phrasing.
See the difference:
You’ll instantly boost the perceived value of the section.
Connect with the recruiter to attract even more attention. What do you have in common? There are many ways to check on that, for example their LinkedIn / Twitter / Facebook profile or a blog. Never lie about your pastime activities, but think what could be a mutual point of interest.
4) Be relevant
- i) to the company
Each company has a set of core values and is looking for a cultural fit in a recruitment process. Relevant interests will showcase their values are yours, too.
- ii) to the position
A research job will require a different skillset than a customer service role. Therefore, ask yourself three questions:
- What kind of company are you applying for? (e.g. startup)
- What kind of job are you going for? (e.g. customer service)
- What type of job is it? (e.g. entry-level role)
5) Translate Your Hobbies Into a Job Skill
Here’s a list of hobbies for a mechanical engineer role.
Impressive, huh? You know you get MORE interest with a little description.
Now you can go save the world 🙂
6) Get a Job With These Resume Interests Examples
According to the 2016 Bloomberg Job Skills Report, there are 13 most desired skills by US employers. Check out the list below to see what they are and what hobbies could they be translated into.
7) Get Ready For The Interview
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