Hobbies that will impress potential employers (16 Photos)
Including hobbies on your CV is something of a contentious subject. Who gives a shit that you enjoy unicycling when applying for that job at Subway? I mean, your potential future boss doesn’t have time to read about your love of Japanese anime and your strange obsession with lizards. Grow up. Move on.
Well, as it turns out, there ARE a list of hobbies that employers look for when thumbing through job applications.
Let’s take a look shall we:
From skydiving to mountain bike racing, an interest in the more dangerous side of recreation displays a willingness to take risks and that you are comfortable pushing boundaries. Apparently.
Useful if you are looking for a job in marketing or communications, blogging can be a great way to show that not only are you up to date with current trends but that you also have opinions about them.
Just make sure you can write well and have a strong grasp of spelling and grammar.
That’s me fucked then.
Show’s tenacity, drive and dedication. Or that you love pain.
Captain in a Team Sport
As well as showing that you can work in a team, it also shows that you can lead a team (obviously).
According to Vicky Oliver (the author of “Live Like A Millionaire [Without Having To Be One]” and “301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions)”Studies show that those who played competitive sports usually do very well in corporate environments’.
Coming straight out of every middle management speech since Moses, an ability to climb literal mountains implies metaphorical ones. Furthermore, it predisposes that the candidate travels and, seeing as their aren’t that many mountains in the world, a knowledge of different cultures can be invaluable for a fast growing company.
Shows that you are precise, highly detailed, and focused. Not to mention that in our current digital age any sort of knowledge involving live streaming and broadcasting can only be invaluable.
If you can care for a child you can care for a company. Or something.
Well not really but it does display responsibility and empathy, two things arguable lacking in many working environments. AMIRITE!?
Playing an Instrument
Dedication, focus and willingness to learn can be gleaned from the fact that you like to dance round your room pretending to be Van Halen.
This one is a classic. With the idea of ‘corporate responsibility’ being particularly pertinent in this day and age, it is no wonder that the six months you spent planting trees in Costa Rica would be looked upon favourable.
Yes, a preference for gambling (assuming you gamble on fantasy sports) can be attractive in banking and venture capital job applications.
If applying for jobs in clean energy or environmentalism then the fact you have a passion for pruning can hold you in good stead.
Demonstrates an ability to stay calm and relaxed (and supple!?) in challenging, high-pressure environments. And you stay fit.
I’d rather have another beer.
Another hobby that allows you to build up a catalogue of work if you have interest in a position in the creative industry. Not to mention communicating a predilection for patience, timing and skill.
The perfect resume should show why you stand out compared to every other candidate and if you can sneak in a wacky hobby then more power to you. As long as it isn’t too weird.
But NOT Reading
Everyone can read. You are doing it now. Well done you. But putting it on a resume isn’t particularly memorable and it may even make you look like a loner. Which you are but they don’t know that…
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