Aug 12, 2018 - 02:26 AM
First, does the hobby pertain to the job for which you are applying in any way? For example, if you are applying for an engineering position at a tech company and you volunteer for an after-school robotics club, that's a relevant hobby. Likewise, hobbies that show you can work with diverse populations such as the elderly or immigrants are great for the resume.
Second, does the hobby develop a skill? Sports, music, dance, painting, writing, and a host of similar hobbies show that you have self-discipline and commitment to learning different skills. Artistic hobbies are particularly good if you are applying to a job where creativity is useful, such as marketing or web design.
Third, does the hobby have any potentially divisive or controversial issues? Hobbies in this category could include hunting, poker, craft beer making, and volunteering for political parties. Avoid these like the plague. You don't know what your future boss finds offensive. These kinds of hobbies are best shared around the water cooler and not on a resume.