In general, the main purpose of a resume is to show your competence and prove that you have what it takes for a given job. Your hobbies and interests have little to contribute to this goal. For this reason, it’s never a mistake NOT to include a hobbies section in your resume.
Still, many companies today aren’t looking for faceless corporate minions anymore. Instead, they’ll want to know whether you’re going to fit their company culture. Listing your hobbies on a resume is a good way of letting them know you’d be the right addition to their team.
The point of having hobbies included in your resume is NOT to list everything you like to do. For example, saying that you like music isn’t going to help you make a stronger case for your candidacy. Everybody likes music, which is why you should always avoid being vague. What kind of music exactly do you enjoy? Do you only listen to music or do you also write your own music? You get the idea.
Moreover, you especially want to mention interests that are interesting or impressive. Do you enjoy running? Don’t forget to mention that you finished a marathon. Do you love travelling? Tell them how many countries have you visited already.
Finally, always highlight those of your interests that are in any way related to a desired position. Let’s say you’re applying for a managerial position at a travelling agency. Being an avid hitchhiker can help you a lot. Or perhaps you’re applying for a job at a vinyl shop. playing an instrument will help you look like a knowledgeable and passionate candidate.
Instead of listing too many of your hobbies and interests on a resume, pick 4-5 based on the criteria above. Think about a skill or an achievement that best illustrates your passion for an activity and put it right next to it.
Depending on a company, you can also follow up by simply listing some of the quirkier hobbies you have. The point is to show a peek of your personality so don’t be afraid to let it shine. Still, don’t do this with companies that have a very formal culture.