Any careers advice you read will talk about the importance of having extra-curricular activities on your CV. Conventional careers advice has been to list key activities which directly relate to the job you are applying for, but many employers are now scanning CVs for more offbeat interests as evidence of creativity, personality and enthusiasm. An intriguing list of hobbies can also go some way to make up for the lack of work experience on your CV.
For many a hobby will include sports, crafts or baking but why not stand out from the crowd and take up one of these bizarre hobbies:
1. Owling, the new Planking
If you thought Planking (people lying face down in strange locations on various things) was a weird enough hobby then Owling is going to blow your mind! In recent months apparently Planking has become increasingly mainstream and less popular so hundreds of young people in America, Australia and now, Britain, have taken up the new Owling craze.
It consists of crouching down on various objects in unusual situations and staring into the distance, just like an owl. Owling enthusiasts then take photos of themselves and post them on various social networking sites. Each to their own!
2. Extreme ironing
I don’t know about you but I will try anything to avoid ironing! However, there are some people out there who have taken up ironing in unusual locations as a hobby.
Extreme ironing is both an extreme sport and a performance art in which people iron items of clothing in unusual locations. According to the official website, extreme ironing is, “the latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt.”
Some locations where such performances have taken place include a mountainsides, a forest, in a canoe, while skiing or snowboarding, on top of statues, in the middle of a street, underwater (no idea how this would work), in the middle of the a motorway, whilst parachuting (again no idea how) and under the ice cover of a lake.
3. Guerrilla Gardening
Guerrilla Gardening is planting shrubbery on property that does not belong to you. Most people interested in Guerrilla Gardening simply want to transform neglected urban areas. So, most guerrilla gardeners find areas that are run down, overgrown and in need of sprucing up. This hobby is technically illegal, but is actually performing a kind of public service.
4. Appearing on TV
It is always pretty exciting when you get mentioned in the newspaper or appear on TV (as long as it’s for the right reasons) but South Londoner Paul Yarrow loves it so much he has turned it into a hobby. Whenever a news camera crew gets set up in a public venue, he hangs around in the background to get on camera. He has appeared in the background of live news reports on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky News in various locations. Allegedly, Paul wants to become a cast member on Big Brother.
Taphophilia describes an individual who has a keen interest in or passion for cemeteries. This hobby includes researching, writing and reading epitaphs, making gravestone rubbings, cemetery photography and other art and reading up on cemetery history and famous deaths. Little bit creepy!