Skills you can't put on your resume


We've all got them. Things that you're good at, talents we have that no one cares about for the most part. Usually they won't get you anywhere in life. Forget about putting them on your resume, and don't rush out and register your ABN in a hurry; this skill simply isn't marketable, because no one would ever pay you to do it.

Some skills of mine I'm particularly proud of, but are essentially a giant waste of head space:
~ I can learn the words to a song on the radio relatively quickly. I find myself really listening to songs, hearing the words so I can sing them back later.
This translates into driving along in the car, singing along to songs my husband says he's never even heard before. (In the same vein, I can remember the words to songs years later, and sing along quite well. I have no idea where these talents come from, as I wouldn't class myself as musically inclined at ALL.)
~ I can unpack my trolley onto the conveyer belt at the supermarket into shopping bag sections. I line up everything as I take it out of the trolley, and if I watch as the checkout person packs it, they can go along the belt and pack it exactly like I unloaded.
* pet hate #423- When they ignore my belt layout and shove everything in every which-way. Grr! >:-Z
I'm sure there are millions out there - Perhaps the ability to slice a cucumber perfectly straight, and yet no other vegetables (making you a useless Chef). Perhaps you can perfectly time your coast to the red traffic light so that you don't have to fully stop? I knew a guy who, when he changed lanes with those little bumpy dots, he could time it perfectly to avoid them.

What are yours?

4 kindred spirits ~ This bugs them too!:

Network Geek said...
July 09, 2008 8:15 AM

I don't think I can list my talents that don't make it to my resume here, either. At least, not until the statute of limitations runs out on my last use of them and I don't have to worry about a visit from the nice constable.

K said...
July 09, 2008 3:01 PM

I fear that we are, in fact, the same person.

I don't so much as 'pick up' lyrics quickly but I love singing along so much, and hate getting lyrics wrong that I (sadly) print them off the internet and let sing along til I've gotten in right.

And I'm similar with my groceries too - I put the all on the belt in little group and get annoyed when the clerk doesn't pack it right. I think its cause I used to work in a supermarket?

I also have an addiction to things matching. Cutlery and whatnot. Not sure if that classifies as 'talent' though. I suspect not..

Dataceptionist said...
July 09, 2008 3:21 PM

@ Network Geek
Ok well I think we ALL have talents that are better left in jail/the bedroom/anywhere but here. ;)

@ K
Hahahaha how about we settle for soulmates. In a completely platonic in-the-blogosphere-not-to-upset-our- husbands kind of way.

I'm with you on not wanting to get them wrong, but I can't say I pore over printouts hehehe

Hey! Me Too! I am certain thats the reason. And I must say I think Green bags, while good for the environment, are the death of "Packing It Right" as I knew it. Now its an exercise to shove as much in one bag as possible. Which is why I carry a million of them.

Ooh matching! Me too! LOL

Eca said...
July 13, 2008 9:22 PM

haha. You could have just said 'yeah!' to K, instead of individually agreeing to her reply that she agreed with you......LOL!

I like to match my pegs when hanging things on the line. Though I have it on reliable authority that this is more OCD than a talent per se.

I can spell stuff! Oh, and I can totally hum the Italian national anthem!

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