What are the best hobbies and interests to put on your CV?
The best (and only) hobbies and interests to put on your CV are those that are relevant to your target job. Your CV should include activities and curiosities that:
Examples of hobbies and interests for any CV
The following hobbies and interests showcase skills that impress employers in any industry:
- Gardening: Responsibility, patience
- Playing music: Spatial intelligence, memory
- Crossword puzzles/word games: Problem solving, verbal skills
- Soduku/number games: Analytics, data management
- Blogging: Written communication, initiative
- Cooking/baking: Ability to follow instructions
- Hiking/biking: Physical fitness
- Art: Creativity, innovation
Examples of hobbies and interests for your industry
Find and click your industry below to reveal a list of hobbies and interests that you can put on your CV to impress prospective employers:
- Robotics and AI
- Attending tech exhibitions
- Keeping up with tech news
- Flexbox Defense
- Website design
- 3D printing
Listing the above hobbies and interests on your CV shows the employer that your interest in tech extends beyond your day job.
- Creating memes
- Social media
- Standup comedy
- Participating in arts and craft fairs
These hobbies and interests indicate that you’re the creative, industrious, and personable employee that sales and marketing employers need to promote their products.
- Arts and crafts
- Learning about various cultures
- Child psychology
Listing these hobbies and interests shows employers that you have the public speaking skills and thirst for knowledge that make you a great teacher.
- Caring for children
- Reading medical journals
- Raising pets
- Foreign languages
Health care jobs require physical fitness, up-to-date medical knowledge, and the ability to clearly and empathetically communicate with patients. The above hobbies and interests show such necessary skills.
- Playing a musical instrument
- Creative Industries Federation membership
- Visiting art museums/galleries
- Art history
The above skills indicate that you have a natural interest in art and design that will make you a successful creative.
- YouTube video creation
- Community theatre
- Performing magic tricks
If you’re applying for a job in the entertainment or broadcasting industries, list the above hobbies and interests to show your versatility.
Examples of hobbies and interests for specific skills
Employers list the skills they’re seeking in their job postings. To get an interview, you must show that you have those skills on your CV — including in your hobbies and interests section.
Here are good examples of hobbies and interests to list if your target employer is seeking:
- Organising parties/events with friends
- Keeping up with current affairs
- Participating in industry conferences/exhibitions
- Playing in sports leagues
- Volunteering at a nursing home
- CSS Diner
- Computer building/repairing
- Recording and mastering music
- Working on vehicles
- Brewing beer
- Game development
- Oil painting
- Composing music
- Makeup art
- Interior design
- Flower arrangement
- Coaching an ECB Junior Cricket team
- Organising volunteer activities
- Leading World of Warcraft campaigns
- British Youth Council
- Student council membership
Do you need to put hobbies and interests on your CV?
You should put your relevant hobbies and interests on your CV. Here’s why:
- Your skills and hobbies give employers an idea of what kind of person you are and how well you’ll fit into their company culture
- If you lack the professional experience necessary for your target job, listing your non-work activities that show you do have the required skills could help you get the job anyway
The only time you shouldn’t list your hobbies and interests on your CV is when your other relevant details already fill the standard two-page CV. If your CV is too long to include hobbies and interests, you can still let the employer know what you do in your spare time when you write your cover letter.
How to write your CV hobbies and interests section
Here’s how to write an effective CV hobbies and interests section:
- List your information in a bulleted list titled “Hobbies and Interests”
- Describe each hobby and interest with a sentence or two, including any relevant data and achievements
- Use bold text and colons or dashes to make your list easy to read
When you format your CV, your hobbies and interests section should look like this:
Hobbies and interests to leave off your CV
Some hobbies and interests are best kept off your CV to avoid offending an employer’s personal biases. Unless you’re applying to a job that specifically requires them, don’t list the following controversial interests and activities:
- Target shooting/gun collecting