This is a question I’m regularly asked by clients that use my CV writing services. For me, there isn’t a 100% right or wrong answer. Sometimes I include interests on a CV, sometimes I don’t. Here’s my thinking on the subject ….
Graduate v Senior Professional – Graduates will probably place more emphasis on this section, as they’ll generally tend to have limited work experience. The opposite may be true for senior professionals. NB: Senior professionals should review points below before completely removing!!
Relevance – Extracurricular activities, or interests, that relate to the role you’re targeting can be a selling point. Would your sporting achievements be of interest to a sports related company? Would your volunteering be of interest to a non-profit? The answer to both, yes!!
Sell yourself – You can just list a few interests, or you can sell yourself. Don’t just list “GAA”, state “Captained my club team to four championships”. Rather than listing “charity work”, state “Raise €15k for SVP”.
Keep your CV to two pages – If this section is going to pull your CV into a third page I’d probably exclude it from your CV.
What should I include within my interests section?
The obvious point, as highlighted above, would be anything potentially relevant to the role. Again, to reemphasis a point above, make this impactful by highlighting achievements. You can outline any interest you want – board membership, charity work, general fitness, community work, unique interest, travel to unique locations, etc…
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