Reading. You might think it makes you appear smart, sophisticated, on it. But it’s not going to win you that job.
In an interview with The Age, founder and president of career consulting firm Résumé Strategists Alyssa Gelbard suggested some hobbies are worth including because of what they say about you as a person. Other hobbies – like reading – also say something about you as a person, just not something positive.
Sure, people who read a lot are likely to be smarter and more successful than people who don’t, but Gelbard says reading is something you are probably expected to anyway, not just when you’re trying to win employers over. By listing it, you look like you’re floundering for something to say. Stating the obvious in an attempt to appear well-rounded.
More than this, however, is the risk of being seen as anti-social or overly introverted. Reading is a solitude sport and, if you find it important enough to list on your resume, what does this say about your personality? Gelbard says you can come across like a bit of a loner. No quite a job-winning impression.
Reading aside, there are some hobbies that can add significant value to your resume, and help build a more accurate, holistic picture of your skills, interests, priorities and commitment level.
Just remember, don’t lie about being a yoga-going, adventure-seeking, killer chess-player if you’re not any of these things. Anything you include on your resume is fair game during an interview. You’ve got to be able to walk the talk.
Here are some positive resume-building suggestions:
Yoga can promote you candidacy, as it shows your ability and commitment to staying calm and focused.
“If you’re seeking a role in very busy, high-energy environment, like an advertising or PR agency, it can make you more attractive because you can better handle pressure,” Gelbard explains.
Extreme adventure activities
Extreme sports are an example of your ability to take calculated risks (successfully, hopefully), and that you’re not afraid of the unknown.
“These traits are desirable for any leadership role, especially in younger, growing organisations,” Gelbard says.