As any hiring manager can tell you, a good portion of job seekers include a catalog of their favorite pastimes on their resume. Hobbies and interests, the thinking goes, help candidates show their personality. But keep in mind that employers are more interested in your professional qualifications than your love of travel. When it comes to your resume, hobbies and interests often just take up space and steal attention from your skills and experience.

If you’re determined to list your hobbies, focus on ones that complement your professional abilities. Noting that you run marathons, for instance, may help demonstrate your dedication and commitment. At the very least, avoid following any of these real-life examples:

“HOBBIES: I really enjoy wallpapering.”

That’s not the stick-to-itiveness we had in mind.

“HOBBIES: Ugly quilt making.”

We can’t wait for this year’s holiday gift exchange.

“HOBBIES: I’ve been the leading lady in the community play three years in a row. Love it!!!”

An applicant who has her “act” together.


You’ll collect zero interest from us.

“INTERESTS: Running, editing video, cooking, writing and wondering.”

We’re wondering about your last interest.

“INTERESTS: I know a lot about cigars.”

Yes, but how much do you know about this job?

“INTERESTS: Varied scenery.”

Can you see yourself working here?