We are sometime defined with what we do. “Hobbies” or your few extracurricular interests can really highlight admirable job skills to headhunters for government and businesses alike.
For example Rock Climbing shows: Decisiveness, problem solving, and interpersonal skills.Adrenaline-pumping activities like rock climbing and whitewater rafting say a lot about our personalities and look especially good for candidates pursuing jobs that involve heavy decision making and leadership skills. If you’re trying to show that you can make quick decisions under heavy pressure, “support those claims with evidence,” says Jane Roqueplot, a career coach and resume consultant in western Pennsylvania.
Launching a Club shows: Initiative, management skills, and passion. You can skip listing most club memberships, say career experts. But if you actually founded a local juggling (or running, hiking, ukulele playing, etc.) club, be sure to include it — because it shows impressive initiative and management skills.
“I once spoke to a recruiter for an elite company [who] said she looks for any pursuit in achieving a level of excellence,” says Lindsey Pollak, millennial workplace expert and author of Becoming the Boss. Of course, starting a club just because you think it will look good on your resume isn’t enough. “People will see right through that,” said Pollak. “You have to have a passion for it, and pursue it at a high level — that’s the trick.”
Hosting Online Discussions shows: Leadership, reliability, and a strong understanding of social media. Leading regular Twitter chats (or other online discussion groups) combines several talents that recruiters are on the lookout for: organizational, networking, and technical skills, as well as the ability to develop and maintain a social media following.Pollak cites one woman who works in corporate social responsibility. “She took the initiative once a week, at a certain time, to host an online chat” on CSR-related topics, Pollak says. “She’s bringing people together who are interested in the topic and becoming known as an online moderator … It shows genuine passion and leadership and excellence; those are skills that hiring managers love.”
Volunteering Your Talents related to your profession and pplying your career skills for the greater good can say a lot. Examples would be like managing financials or financial records for a charitable organization, overseeing an event, production or program, or establishing or directing a fundraiser. This type of volunteer work can help demonstrate your skills, experience, or expertise, as well as your commitment to community. What volunteering shows that Practical skills, generosity, and confidence is part of your second nature.