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Hobbies That Look Great on Your Resume

Employers don’t just want to know about your previous work experience and qualifications. They want to know about who you are as a person and what it would be like to work with you. Some employers may be looking or someone who doesn’t just live to work, and instead lives a fulfilled life. Putting a few of your hobbies on your resume or in your cover letter can sometimes be just the extra thing you need to land the job.

Having hobbies and interests outside of work is a great thing. It shows that you are passionate and well-rounded. It shows that you have a mature way to blow off steam and deal with stress. It shows that you know how to keep busy and avoid boredom. Hobbies can build up your self-esteem. They can also help you meet new people and be social. Hobbies are great.

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However, not all hobbies look good on your resume. Here are the ones that do:

  • Writing or Blogging
  • Photography
  • Playing an Instrument
  • Playing a Sport
  • Volunteering
  • Traveling
  • Cooking
  • Being Part of a Club
  • Gardening
  • Arts and Crafts

If you are applying to a job that requires you to be creative, you should highlight your hobbies that show your creativity. If you are applying to a job that prides itself on working as a team, make sure to list anything that would showcase your ability to work well with others. You want to make sure to only include what’s relevant, you do not need to include all of your hobbies. For example, if you are applying to an accounting job it is not the smartest idea to say that you enjoy LARPing (live action role playing) in your free time. It is completely irrelevant. It is similar to if you were to list classes that relate to the job you are applying for. You wouldn’t list that you took an Ancient Greek Philosophy course while applying for a sales position.

Keep things relevant and show off your skills. With this added boost to your resume you will impress employers and be one step closer to landing your dream job.

If you enjoyed this post, check out Resume 101 and 12 Tips for Landing a Job 

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Callie Pederson

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Degree in Communication and Creative Writing. Outdoor enthusiast, animal lover, blogger.

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