Should I include interests and hobbies on my resume?

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There are varying opinions on whether to include your personal interests on a resume — our opinion is YES. It can capture the reader’s eye if they share your interest. It can create conversation and can portray your more personal side.


Do not include hobbies such as shopping, or hobbies that could be controversial. Do not include other part-time jobs which may make you seem less committed to this role. And avoid any highly personal areas such as religion.


You can include music, sports, arts, and volunteering – all hobbies that demonstrate personal strengths and abilities.