So you are looking for hobbies to add to your resume. That’s a great call!

The dilemma of adding the hobbies & interests section on a resume is something everyone has dealt with at some point. While some believe that it is a waste of space on an already brief resume, others think that adding this section can be a game-changer.

We believe the latter too, hobbies on a resume can help you stand out and find your dream job.

But how do you find the right hobby for your resume?

In this blog, we will take a look at 50+ hobbies that can add value and improve your resume.

Also read: How to list hobbies on resume?

50+ hobbies to add to your resume

Here is a table with 50+ hobbies and the skills that are associated with them.

Hobby/Interests Skills
Languages proficiency Multi-Lingual, Curious, Communication Skills, Persistence, Cultural Intelligence
Theater Team Player, Confident, Artistic, Creative,Public Speaking
Team Sports (Basketball, Volleyball, Football, Cricket, Hockey, Etc) Sportsmanship, Team-Player, Creative, Adaptable, Flexible, Team Management, Passionate
Archery Focus, Patience, Mindfulness, Detail-Oriented
Networking Communication Skills, Social Skills, Team Player, Confidence, Adaptable
Camping Patience, Endurance, Adaptable, Troubleshooter, Flexible, Persistence
Gardening Nurturing, emotional Intelligence, Responsible, Understanding, Empathy, Patience
Calligraphy Creativity, Patience, Artistic Sense, Writing, Attention To Detail
Meditating Focused, Discipline, Emotional Quotient
Poet/Slam Poet Creative, Articulate, Expressive, Artistic, Public Speaking, Oratory Skills
Debating Verbal Communication Skills, Confidence, Adaptable, Public Speaking
Sudoku Analytical, Focused, Logical Reasoning
Volunteer Work
(NGO, Shelter Homes, Pet Rescues, etc.) Generosity, Patience, Perseverance, Humility, Empathy
Stand-Up Comedy Creative, Observant, Public Speaking, People Skill
Photography Patience, Creative, Aesthetic Sense, Attention To Detail, Artistic Sense
Instrument Discipline, Patience, Creative, Artistic, Versatile
Chess Sportsmanship, Analytical, Logical Reasoning, Deduction, Strategic
Yoga Perseverance, Patience, Discipline, Health-Conscious, Self-Control
Mountain Climbing Perseverance, Self-Starter, Adventurous, Confidence, Versatility
Baking Enthusiasm, Creativity, Patience, Artistic, Careful
Fencing Alert, Adaptability, Far-Sighted, Good Instincts, Versatility
Socializing (Events, meetings, book clubs) People Skills, Team Player, Good Communication Skills, Public Speaking, Adaptability
Dancing Creativity, Learning Ability, Adaptability, Perseverance, Resilient, Cultural Intelligence
Running
(Marathons, Races, Tournaments) Focused, Strength, Resilient, Dedicated, Disciplined
Birdwatching Nature-loving, Focused, Silent, Observations Skills, Good Listener, Curiosity
Virtual Gaming Competitive, Adaptability, Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving
Embroidery/Crocheting/Knitting Detail-Oriented, Creative, Artistic, Design Sense, Attention To Detail
Candle Making Creativity, Aesthetic Sense, Innovation, Attention To Detail
Collector (Coins, Comics, Action Figures, Etc) Patience, Perseverance, Cultural Intelligence, Passionate
Bartending Time Management, Cleanliness Freak, People Skills, Situational Analysis
Coffee Roasting Sensory evaluation, Specialization, Patience, Authenticity
Animal Rescue Empathy, Emotional Quotient, Friendly, Responsible
Journaling Self-Awareness, Observant, Writing Skills
Traveling/Backpacking Adventurous, Cultural Intelligence, Flexibility, Life Experiences, Curiosity
Coding Logical Thinking, Problem Solving, Creativity, Initiative
Podcasts Opinionated, Good Communication Skills, Public Speaking, Active Listening & Public Speaking
Weight Training Fitness Freak, Perseverance, Hard-Working, Patience, Strategic Planning
Artificial Intelligence Reason-Oriented, Problem Solving, Logical Thinking, Analytical, Curiosity & Critical Thinking
Renewable Energy Preservation, Stability, Visionary, Innovative
Swimming Physical strength, Perseverance, Motivated, Focused, Stamina
Teaching (Online coaching, teaching for NGOs, etc) Verbal Skills, Tolerance, People Management, Knowledge, Active Listening, Perceptive
Painting/Doodles/ Mandala Creative, Artistic, Aesthetic, Color Theory, Concentration, Design Sense
Hunting Focused, Aggressive, Adaptable, Flexible, Strength
Social Media Influencer People Management, Influential, Verbal Communication, Creative
Inventor Problem-Solving, Knowledgeable, Risk-Taker, Proactive, Experimental, Critical Thinking Skills, Analytical
Sign Language Perceptive, Deep Understanding, Active Listening Skills
Genealogy Intuitive, Research-Oriented, Perceptive
Astronomy Inquisitive, Out Of The Box, Curious, Clarity, Patience
Puppetry Storytelling, People Skills, Creative
Review (Movies, books, comics, etc) Intuitive, Opinionated, Unique Perception, Good Verbal Communication
DJ- ing Timing, music taste, technical ability, adaptability, customer-centric
Pottery Open, Innovative, Perceptive, Patient, Imaginative And Curious

Is it a good idea to add hobbies to your resume?

Hobbies are the interests that define you and give character to your personality. It is one of the only sections on a resume that gives the recruiter an insight into your personality and gives color to your candidature.

Adding this section will not lead to a make-or-break situation but will enhance your chances of getting hired, as recruiters get thousands of job applications every day, and analyzing each of them is no piece of cake.

The hobbies & interests section can work as a distinguishing factor in this case and allow the recruiter to assess your candidature on factors apart from your qualification & skills.

Also, hobbies on a resume can define the personality traits of a person as their hobbies are indicative of skills, both soft and hard, making it crucial to add hobbies that can add value to your application.

For example, if you are applying for the role of a content writer, hobbies like blogging, reading, writing, etc., can work in your favor as they suggest that your hobbies are related to the job role you want.

But are these hobbies good enough to help you stand out?

How you list hobbies on your resume can make all the difference. You can read our article on “How to list hobbies on a resume?”, to get a better idea of the same. Once you have understood the “how”, the next question that comes to mind is the “What”, as in what hobbies will add value to your resume?

Conclusion

In this article, we listed 50+ hobbies to add to the resume with the personality traits they reflect. While a hobby can be anything, there are some things you must avoid adding to your resume. Do not add a hobby/interest that you do not know much about. Steer clear from anything political or religious, unless there is volunteer work involved, in which case you can talk about it.

So go ahead and use this list to add hobbies to your resume and let the recruiters know more about you!

All the best!

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