Should you add your interests to your CV?

Should you add your interests to your CV?

We recommend including your personal interests on your CV because it shows a prospective employer a bit of your personality and gives a basis for conversation at the job interview.

Employers invest in people; they look for every clue on the applicants CVs to find out about their true interests, skills and competencies.

Including your personal hobbies on your CV will give the employer a fuller and more complete picture of you. It tells the employer you have nterests outside working. Sporting interests indicate you are fit, healthy and a team player. Community involvement suggests good interpersonal skills.

You should include an Interests section in your CV if you are a school leaver, student or recent graduate, or if you have little or no work experience. Also, if you have empty spaces on your CV.

This is because your CV is your personal marketing tool and  including an interests section helps you to “sell yourself” to the prospective employer.

You should not include an Interests section if you are a senior professional, you have a lot of work experience or you already have a lot of information on your CV and it is over two pages long. Due to the lack of valuable space on these CVs, relevant work experience and qualifications take a higher priority than personal interests.

Final words:

  • Choose interests that are relevant to the job.
  • 1-2 relevant interests should be enough.
  • Choose a variety to show you are a good all-rounder.
  • Keep it short and to the point (one paragraph – maximum 2-3 lines)
  • Be specific (e.g. instead of “I enjoy reading”, write “I enjoy reading non-fiction and am currently reading....”)
  • Don’t list  your interests  – describe them in sentences.
  • Be honest and don’t exaggerate.

 If you would like any help with your CV do contact us.

Tags: CV  Interests  

Posted: Sunday 29 September 2019