To intrigue a recruiter, it is worth applying to each section of your CV. Interests are often underestimated and sometimes even overlooked. Is it right?
Well-described interests are an asset and can help build your advantage over other candidates. Provided, of course, that you describe them skillfully. In this article, we have put together 6 practical tips on how to do this.
1. First, see how it works!
The recruiter will appreciate the fact that you have your passions that you engage in. People with interesting interests are often more creative and productive at work than the person who only watches TV when they return home.
If you can commit to your passion, there is also a greater chance that you will get involved in your work.
2. Which interests are best described?
Ideally, with your interests you can confirm the list of skills required in the job offer. Need an example?
If your job requires team skills, it is worth mentioning team sports. Need more examples?
puzzle – problem solving skills;
chess – intelligence, strategic skills;
squash – competitive, motivated.
In the article How to write a CV that will invite you to an interview? you’ll find even more examples and additional tips.
3. Sports, movies, travel = cliché
Entering the usual pattern of “books, cinema, music” is not only a waste of space, but also weakens your chances of presenting yourself in an interesting way in the eyes of the recruiter.
You do not have a unique and unusual hobby that could interest a recruiter? Write about details.
If you like watching movies, please specify which genres or directors you prefer. You need to be sure you really know the subject. Remember that you may encounter a recruiter who will also be a fan of David Lynch. It is not difficult to imagine what will happen if you wrote a false in your CV and the recruiter wants to discuss your favorite films.
4. Should I write about every hobby?
If your hobbies are in any way related to religion, sex, politics, or anything you may be concerned about (hunting, shooting), skip it. Such interests may cause negative feelings in your interlocutor and weaken your position compared to other candidates.
5. How many hobbies should be mentioned?
It is a common mistake to mention too many hobbies. Remember that you are writing a CV that is primarily to help you find a job!
It is best to mention a maximum of 2 or 3 interests. Try to identify those interests that are somehow related to the position you are applying for.
If you fail, seriously consider adding them so that they do not reduce your chances for your dream job. When applying for a job in archiving, do not write that your passion is mountain climbing. The employer may find that you cannot cope with such a monotonous job.