4 Reasons why hobbies are important on your resume
Have you ever wondered why you put your hobbies on your resume? Some students often decide to omit them altogether, claiming it’s a waste of space to include them. Today we talk about why you should always include your hobbies on your resume:
- Some hobbies exhibit desirable graduate characteristics. These transferable skills include leadership, organisational, teamwork and problem-solving skills, as well as show that you’re a well-rounded individual. Whether these apply also depends on the job you are applying for. For example, if you’re seeking a marketing position and you love graphic design, then your hobby would be viewed in higher esteem because of its relevance.
- It is a topic of conversation during an interview. Compared to typical interview questions, interviewers would much rather prefer to ask casual and fun questions, if they had a choice! Talking about your hobbies is like a breath of fresh air, and it also shows them whether you have general communication skills. Most interviewers don’t like rehearsed, model answers, and asking more casual questions allows them to see whether you can actually communicate naturally.
- They show you are passionate about something other than work. Companies want graduates who can show that they are in control of their own lives and have activities they can engage in to relieve their own work stress with.
- They help determine whether you are a good cultural fit for the company. Your hobbies say things not only about your skills, but about your character and your values, such as how you lead others or how you deal with conflict (think personality types). People with similar personalities often cluster together and find it easier to interact with one another.
An extra note about hobbies
Individual activities can be filtered into either extracurricular activities or interests. Loosely, extracurricular activities are those activities that are more academic-based but are not completed in school, such as debating or sports. Interests are more about passions that you pursue in your leisure time for pleasure, such as cooking, drawing or photography.
Why have we made this distinction?
Many experts advise people to only put extracurricular activities on their resumes because they are the ones that add to the quality of the application. We at TGA Graduate think you should not be so selective – nowadays, companies use interests to judge a candidate’s character. If you are withholding something about yourself just so you get the job, you very well might succeed, but it might also not be the job for you.
One graduate recruiter highlighted this important concept well: “A career is all about working for a company who is compatible with your interests and passions. A company that judges you negatively on your passions is a company that you shouldn’t be at!”
Thus, make sure you be yourself! Don’t be afraid to put any and all extracurricular activities or interests on your resume, because it exhibits who you are as a person, and will lead to jobs at firms that suit you!
What kinds of hobbies are on your resume? Have you ever omitted, or thought of omitting, some of them? Why? Leave your comments down below!