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1. Hobbies help you switch from the “work” to the “rest”
Sometimes this is the only way to forget about an alarming meeting, a difficult client or a negative reaction from the boss to the project. A competent employer knows: a person who has fascinating occupations outside the office walls is less likely to get tired of the main activity, do not burn out at work. Agree, if you have a rest in your free time, then, most likely, you will come to work more inspired and with new strength.
2. Hobby helps to cope with stress and office stress
Conflicts with superiors, competition with colleagues, salary delays and other troubles can spoil the mood for a long time. But if you are engaged in something else interesting in parallel, there will be an opportunity to switch and regain calmness and balance, such necessary in life.
3. A hobby is a creativity
And the more you develop a creative approach in the sphere where there are no risks or responsibilities for you, the more creative you will become. And employers especially value creativity, new ideas, non-standard approaches to solving problems. Yes, and colleagues are interested, because you – a versatile personality.
4. Hobbies will help develop skills and gain additional knowledge, which, as is known, should not be worn behind one’s shoulders
Hobbies have all the chances of overgrown in professional history and a source of income. Organize photo sessions, sew bags to order, conduct lessons on learning Japanese language, edit short videos, make professional make-up – the revenues from these activities will not be superfluous, even if they are at times less than earnings at the main job. After all, a favorite occupation that can bring income is another ball to your personal self-esteem.
Should I tell about hobbies during employment?
Mention about a hobby if it strengthens you as a professional. If you are sure that the hobby will increase the chances of success, it’s worth telling about it. For example, if you are employed by an advertising manager, it is useful to talk about studying PR-technologies, photography and SMM.
If you are applying for the position of a human resources manager, it is worth mentioning the experience of volunteer work as a coach or that in the student’s years she worked as a tutor in a children’s camp. But about the love of dancing, song, knitting, or about the ability to grow lemons in pots is better to be silent.
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More options. If you have repeated several times in the interview that the leading accountant should be very attentive, you can safely tell that in your free time you are working on the proof-reading of the texts. To read out the master’s theses they trust only competent and attentive. The employer will be pleased that his potential employee has excellent erudition.
The question of a hobby is a kind of lie detector for candidates. HRs especially like to apply it for evaluating soft skills (communication skills, teamwork skills, self-presentation skills). Consider this when writing your resume. And if you do not intend to mention hobbies yourself, be prepared that the recruiter at the interview can ask: “What is your hobby?”.