Is it appropriate to put my interests and hobbies on my resume? By Matthew Coppola


The short answer is it depends. 

It really depends on what stage of your career you are at.

If you are a high school student/university graduate, then most likely you wont have a great deal of work experience and credentials behind you. By listing your interests and hobbies – with a little more detail than just a couple words – you may actually help the employer gain a good insight and understanding into you as a person and what you are interested in. These additional details can say a great deal about your qualities as a person.

If you are a more seasoned professional with years of experience and substantial qualifications behind you, then it’s best to leave it out. Some may argue that there is nothing un-professional with putting hobbies and interests in a resume, others will say that it’s not appropriate and that a resume/CV should only provide the employer with insight into you as a professional and what your expertise and abilities are, not what you enjoy doing on the weekend.

Whatever you do decide to put down in your resume, the question you may want to ask yourself before listing all your interests and hobbies is “Is this necessary and can I be giving the employer the wrong perception about what it will be like working with me?”.

Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.

Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au

Sydney CV writing services and resume writing assistance: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/sydney-resume-writing-services

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Author: Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog matthewcoppola.com

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