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Apr 23

When you are preparing your resume as a new graduate, it might be tempting to include hobbies and personal interests. After all, they make you seem more “real,” more well-rounded, and could be icebreakers in job interviews, right?

Not necessarily; many employers see hobbies as unnecessary filler on a resume. As a general rule, you’ll want to leave them off. Let your educational achievements, affiliations, leadership experience, community involvement, and other relevant information speak to your suitability and well-roundedness. Employers typically aren’t terribly interested in what you do in your spare time.

That being said, if you have a hobby that is particularly relevant to your job objective and/or reflects positively on your job skills, then by all means, do include it. For example, if you are seeking a job as a graphic designer, and one of your hobbies is digital photography, then include it. As another example, suppose you are looking for work in law enforcement, and you are a sky-diver. This particular hobby might demonstrate courage to some employers, so it could be seen as relevant.

The bottom line is that you should think very carefully before deciding to include personal hobbies on your resume, because in most cases, they simply don’t belong.

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