Resume Skills – Is it Appropriate to Include Interests And Hobbies in Your Resume?

A resume is a snapshot of a jobseeker and a listing of hobbies might not be in the best interest of the jobseeker. Here are some of the positive and negative aspects of including hobbies and interests on a resume.

Positive reasons to include hobbies:

1.  For people with little work experience listing hobbies fills up some space on the page. But for workers who have experience, hobbies aren’t necessary and just take up space that could be used more effectively.

2.  The hobby might make a positive impression of the person in charge of hiring. That person may have the same hobby. Thus, the job candidate seem more interesting or more memorable because of the hobby.

3.  The only valid reason to include a hobby is if it requires skills and characteristics that would be applicable to the job.  For example, a person who enjoyed making jewelry for a hobby could rightfully show that the skills of design and fine motor coordination would be applicable to job as a graphic designer or as a lab technician who makes dentures.

Negative reasons not to include hobbies:

1.  Using space for hobbies takes away space for other attributes.  A maxim of resume skills writing says there should be a clear and specific reason for every word on the resume. If it doesn’t directly show the candidate’s value to the employer, it shouldn’t be on the resume.

2.  Most hobbies are not relevant and just take up space.

3.  A hobby can have a negative impact on the person in charge of hiring. That person might believe the hobby shows the job candidate would not be a good fit for the job.  For example, a candidate who enjoyed motorcycle racing or rock climbing might not seem suitable for a job that required hours of sitting in front of a computer.

 The whole point of learning resume skills is to create a resume that catches an employer’s interest and gets the candidate an interview.