70 Hobbies & Interests For The Resume By Department (Examples)

When filling out an application online and it says "Hobbies and Interests", what should you put there? And does that mean you should put hobbies and interests on your resume? We're going to help simplify what you need to do to make sure you put hobbies and interests on your job application or resume correctly. The catch? It shouldn't be every hobby or interest that you have.

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When Should You Put Hobbies & Interests On A Resume

Putting hobbies and interests on a resume isn’t absolutely necessary. It can definitely help to break the ice during the start of an interview. For instance, your interviewer might say, “Oh I see you like rowing, I row too!” But that’s as far as it’s going to get you.

The likelihood of your hiring manager or interviewer taking your hobbies and interests into account as they evaluate your fit for the role is slim. But what hobbies and interests can do is help you to make your resume more robust.

Pro fact: CareerBuilder.com performed a study and found that 48% of hiring managers will automatically dismiss a resume or cover letter that isn’t customized or tailored to the job posting.

Listing hobbies and interests is highly recommended for those who are recent graduates. This is because your resume might not contain a heavy set of previous experience or skills that you can list. Thus, impactful hobbies and interests can help to ensure the interviewer knows you’re invested in the job.

What Should You Avoid Putting As a Hobby or Interest

The biggest mistake is listing all of your hobbies and interests. Yes, you read that correctly. Let’s say you have a hobby of knitting or fishing. Are those truly applicable to the job you’re trying to apply for? Probably not.

Be sure that you’re only listing hobbies and interests that show the interviewer that you are invested in learning more about the job function you’re applying for. Meaning, you spend time outside of the workplace developing and honing in your skills.

Avoid hobbies and interests like:

Anything that could either be interpreted as a negative, for example, “politics” or doesn’t add much value to your resume as a whole, like “fishing.”

10 Hobbies & Interests For Marketing Department Resumes

If you’re applying to a job in the marketing department, you should consider listing hobbies or interests that show you’re interested in human behavior, personal growth or marketing.

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10 Hobbies & Interests For Creative Department Resumes

If you’re applying to a job in the creative department, you should consider listing hobbies or interests that show you’re interested in creative functions. Or another to put it is flexing your creative abilities during off-hours.

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Pro tip: NACE’s Job Outlook Survey performed in 2019 mentioned that the three key skills employers want to see as part of their resume (for experienced professionals or recent graduates) is communication skills (written and verbal), problem-solving skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

10 Hobbies & Interests For Sales Department Resumes

If you’re applying to a job in the sales department, you’ll want to show hobbies and interests that lean into the fact that you are a player/coach or that you simply don’t give up. These are activities related to personal or team development.

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10 Hobbies & Interests For Leadership Resumes

If you’re applying to a job as a leader, you’ll want to lean into the fact that your hobbies and interests include building fruitful ventures. And yes, hobbies can definitely indicate some of those things.

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10 Hobbies & Interests For Accounting/Finance Resumes

If you’re applying to a job in the accounting or finance department, it’s going to be great to lean into hobbies and interests that show you’re passionate about numbers or fine details. Or passionate about analysis as a whole.

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10 Hobbies & Interests For Teachers

If you’re applying to a job in higher education (teacher, teacher assistant, professor or other) then you want to lean into hobbies and interests which show you are continually trying to educate yourself or improve your communication techniques.

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10 Hobbies & Interests For Nurses

If you’re applying to a job as a nurse, it will go a long way when you lean into hobbies and interests that show you are continuously trying to learn about the human body and optimal performance of such. That would mean things such as dieting, nutrition, wellness, and fitness.

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author: patrick algrim
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Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.

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