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.
|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|
|(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|
|(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?
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!