Extracurricular/Hobbies/Interests

This section can include volunteer activities if you did not include them in their own section. It can also include involvement in professional organizations or clubs, hobbies, and interests. It can highlight skills that are not illustrated in Experience or Education. However, be sure to always include some brief details or context.

For example, do not just list cooking.

  • Do you cook particular kinds of foods and who do you share them with?
  • Do you compete in competitions, or love taking cooking classes… or, maybe you teach cooking?
  • Do you use a particular method, follow recipes or improvise?
  • What skills do you use while cooking that may be transferable to the job for which you are applying?

Avoid things that may be controversial such as religion, politics, hunting, or social activism, as well as extreme sports/activities involving personal risk (unless you are applying to be a stunt double in the movie industry). It is ok to say you volunteer at a community church serving soup to the homeless, or as a Marketing Intern for a Politician – but you do not have to mention which church or political party.

Will Recruiters and prospective Employers always read this section, no. In fact, there is great debate as to whether or not this section should even be included on a resume. My opinion is, that if at least one Recruiter/Employer finds this type of information helpful and they sometimes go looking for it on a resume, it should be there.

If someone does not care about this type of information, they can choose not to read it – but at least they have the choice. Please read the blog post Hobbies on Your Resume - Yes or No? for more reasons why I believe you should include extracurricular activities and interests on your resume.

Extracurricular Activities with Career Incite

Volunteer Activities
Professional Organizations
Clubs
Hobbies
Interests
Other Skills