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#1 » by Jegz (m) (β2022) » May 22nd, 2011, 10:01 pm

What are the hobbies and interests you listed in your CV (resume)? Do you know they say a lot about you? And they can affect your chances of getting hired? I will start by sharing an experience but my primary aim is to help graduates and job seekers out there, because I know what they are going through.
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The experience: A job seeker submits application for a banking job and wishes to be called for an interview/test, but going through the CV, you will be surprised when you see her hobbies/interest:

Dancing, Partying and Cooking! :shkd:


I mean, OMG! Who cares if you are the party type or you will make a good house wife/cook as a prospective employee of a corporate organisation such as banks? This kind of graduate is not focused I can say. All these hobbies are telling us is that this applicant is the party and possibly ostentatious type and unserious too.

But on a serious note, even if you don't regularly do them, or have the time to do them at all, put hobbies/interests that arerelevant to your application and that will portray you as a serious minded fellow who is most suitable for the job.

I will share a few good hobbies (please add more), and their possible good implications on the way anyone reviewing your CV will percieve your person:

1. Football, basketball or any other outdoor team games: Your passion for such activities as these games portrays you as a good team player who will find it usual and easy to work with others as a team to achieve a common goal. Tell me, ain't that a good reputation?

2. Chess, scrabble and other mind/puzzle games: Such games will portray you as a problem-solving person, who thinks analytically and has the mental capacity to solve puzzling and tough problems. Every employer needs such an employee.

3. Meeting new people: This will advertise your passion to meet new people/customers and the ease with which you get along with new people, and also your eagerness to work/do business with them. I mean, this is good for business, and is recommended for all customer service related jobs.

4. Reading: This is good as it shows you like learning, I mean you are never tired of learning, and you have the mental capacity to learn new things. This is good mainly for trainees positions.

5. Computers/The Internet: For technical positions, a passion for computers and the internet may just set you apart as someone who is most likely to be abreast of latest developments etc. You love discoveries and innovations.

In conclusion, please do not lie in your CV. Do not put Chess as a hobbie if you can't play. Your interviewer may just hunt you down if he has similar interests by the time he asks you what Sicilian Dragon means. Hullo to the GMs reading my post. :clap:

Secondly, pay more attention to your CV, as its like your first impression. Employers are not interested in wether you can dance or sleep or cook, they are only interested in how much you are suitable for their organisation and how much value you can bring in and add.

I wish you good luck, and Godspeed.
- Jegz!

Please add more, or post a comment if you love my post! A thank you will go a long way! :hi:


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#2 » by kuskurous (β156) » May 23rd, 2011, 7:44 am

An eye-opener. Where does your inspiration come from? Thanks anyway. Please what of 'travelling'?

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#3 » by Pinkie (β111) » May 23rd, 2011, 5:17 pm

Tnx so much 4 your write up. I'v learnt alot!

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#4 » by Vbomb (β111) » June 6th, 2011, 9:31 pm

thanx very plenty

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#5 » by kondo (β257) » July 6th, 2011, 10:51 am

Very nice one.
Pls what of:
travelling, cleaning and helping others?

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#6 » by Rapmoney (β111) » July 8th, 2011, 6:21 pm

Hey, that's a nice one bro!

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#7 » by Jegz (m) (β2022) » July 10th, 2011, 11:31 pm

Thanks guys
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#8 » by molo (m) (β168) » August 18th, 2011, 2:23 am

nice work. we need more tips pls :clap:
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#9 » by eMade (f) Premium (β37236) » August 24th, 2011, 12:11 pm

Lets keep helping and upbuilding others. God will reward you all.
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#10 » by Sisi eko (β122) » October 16th, 2011, 8:36 pm

Good one

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#11 » by silamjones (β111) » January 17th, 2012, 3:05 pm

Thanks a million 4 d info

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#12 » by omolomo (β715) » March 22nd, 2012, 11:36 am

biutiful
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#13 » by 9jaguy (m) (β1426) » December 30th, 2012, 7:19 am

Jegz wrote: Do not put Chess as a hobbie if you can't play. Your interviewer may just hunt you down if he has similar interests by the time he asks you what Sicilian Dragon means. Hullo to the GMs reading my post.

Bravo! How about Alekhine's gun? I love chess too. :hi:

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#14 » by uwah kelechi lydia (β111) » February 25th, 2014, 11:31 am

Format for cv writing

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#15 » by Jegz (m) (β2022) » May 6th, 2018, 8:55 am

uwah kelechi lydia wrote:Format for cv writing

See how-write-effective-resume-t1272

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