We’d all love to earn money from the things we love to do.
While this may not yet be realistic and the need to work means we’ll take on anything reasonable, it is still possible.A friend’s former career as an IT project manager was impacted by the recession – but his interests including acting, fencing and archery have fired a new career in film and TV, plus his own fencing coaching business.
In my case my interests include acting, corporate roleplay, film-making and writing. These interests have developed a practical set of skills to further develop my acting/ training CV.
Your CV is more than just a list of job titles, employers and tasks.
Each role gained you more skills, blending them with your existing skillset, allowing you to use abilities you’ve already established and giving you opportunities to learn and develop new ones to build your unique brand.
Do you run a children’s football team? Leadership and management skills are highly valued.
Do you enjoy painting, decorating and gardening at home? Reliable self-employed craftspeople are always going to be in demand.
Did you spend time out raising a family? Your skills are highly marketable.
Your interests may be what marks you out as … interesting. One recruiter told me that when looking at CVs her eye goes straight to the ‘interests’ section, bypassing the personal profile and career history, because she wants to know what makes you tick.
Some of the most interesting interests I’ve seen have included “chicken keeping” and “Viking re-enactment”.
So make sure you include an ‘interests’ section in your CV [sounds more professional than ‘hobbies’].
But do ensure they make you look good – beware saying your interests are Facebook and Twitter unless you’re after a role in SEO or blogging, You want your interests to reflect well on you, not sound warning bells that you’ll spend all your time mucking about online.
Learn more about employability with Speaking Well in Public and Management Creative.