My name is Filly and I am a career expert at Uptowork, a career and resume building resource.
Many of the responses here have scoffed at the idea of including hobbies and interests in your CV, and although they may be right in certain instances, they could also be wrong in others.
The conventional approach to resume writing tells you to avoid hobbies at all costs; they’re nothing more than distractions that your employers couldn’t care less about. Well, we live in unconventional times, and job market is evolving rapidly in ways that very few people have anticipated.
While major established corporations might take a no-nonsense approach to resumes, smaller and younger companies will often try to have a diverse company culture that sets them apart from the pack.
The first thing you’ll want to do is find out if the company you are applying to belongs to the former, or to the latter group.
If you’ve discovered that the company you’re applying to belongs to the latter, then it could certainly help your odds to include some relevant interests that will give your resume a bit of personality.
Interests and hobbies should typically be kept towards the bottom of your resume when included. Consider them as more of a footnote that gives some insight into the motivations you have outside of work.
Think of how your interests could play to the job you’re applying for. If you’re applying for a management role, your position as captain of the local softball team could show your employers about your ability to effectively coordinate a group of people.
Just remember, if you do include hobbies and interests, keep them relevant!
If you feel like this answer was not specific enough, I would recommend reading as much about the subject as you can. We have an article about the subject on our blog, but I encourage you to research the question anywhere that people are discussing it!