Wednesday, 23 September 2015

CV Building // Interests and Hobbies

Here is the third instalment of my CV building series, if you haven't read the previous posts, please do so! Here is part one and part two. This section of your CV is the place where you get to finally show the employer who you are and what you're all about! This is the section I usually get questioned on mostly in interviews (from my own experience).

When I was in school, writing my first ever CV, I can remember getting to this section and thinking... I have no hobbies. I don't play any sports so therefore I have ZERO hobbies. You are wrong!! My section on my actual CV highlights that I have published mini-saga in a Young Writers book from 2009, it says that I enjoy going swimming when I have the time to go. It also outlines how I run and create content for my own personal lifestyle blog. Now if that doesn't sound impressive to an employer I don't know what does! Unless your applying to a bricklaying job then they may be a bit like... Why are you here?!

If you have a blog PLEASE put it on your CV. It's something you love and feel passionate about, so when an employer asks about it, you probably will think of hundreds of things to say about it! Which is great as you won't have many awkward moments in an interview! Write that you know basic/advanced HTML, have skills in writing, organising, time management, photography, social media... The list is seriously endless! Blogging looks amazing on that CV, trust me!

Other things to include in this section would be: any sports you play, going to the cinema, socialising with friends, dog walking, charity work, photography, religious activities, shopping, music, gaming, gardening, painting, modelling, skydiving, bungee jumping - whatever you want!!! Show them how interesting and different to the other applicants you are! Don't be shy!

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