Do I need to put personal interests on my resume?
Updated: Apr 30
Most job ads don’t require applicants to list personal interests on a resume, so don’t feel like you must.
However, if you choose to mention your interests, ensure that they are relevant in some way to the skills and abilities you’ll need to perform the job you are applying for. Summarising interests on your resume provides some insight to the employer into who you are as a person and what you enjoy outside of work life.
There is also an interesting article about whether it is necessary to put personal interests on a resume, that you may find useful to read.
Adding some personality to your CV can show how you are a cultural fit. You can do that by working personal interests into your resume by mentioning the following:
Volunteer Work/Community Involvement
Personal achievements; such as blogs, sports, artwork, etc.
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