It’s a good idea to occasionally pull out the old resume and make some updates. It doesn’t matter if you’re applying for a new job or not, you just never know when you might need a fresh resume to hand to someone. I’m not saying you should carry around a dozen copies in your briefcase on the off chance that you come into contact with someone who just wants to offer you a job. Because, really, who carries a briefcase? Is that a thing people do in real life? I think I’ve only seen people with briefcases in the movies.
Anyway, the resume. I decided to update mine today. It was part of my plan to stave off boredom now that I’m back at school during this week before the kids return. I really have so little to do. I took a look at the resume that I hadn’t updated since last year when I started working part time for my church. Under skills, I had listed parallel parking.That one stumped me. Did I really put parallel parking as one of my skills? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m wicked good at parallel parking. But are potential employers looking for that in a potential employee? Did I put it down as a joke or was I being serious?
When I applied for the Children’s Ministry Assistant position at my church, I must have put that down assuming that the rest of the staff would get a kick out of it. It wasn’t like I was a stranger applying for a job among a bunch of strangers. They knew me and understood my sense of humor. But would a future reader of my resume get a laugh out of it? Would that be the key skill that got me my next job? Or would they see it and think I wasn’t taking things seriously and throw the resume away?
The rest of my advertised skills were pretty basic. I can type. I know how to use Microsoft Word and Excel. I can browse the internet. Nothing too fancy.
When I worked at the bank, I once came across a man’s business card that listed him as a monorail passenger. I remember laughing about that for a solid week. I just don’t see monorail passenger as being a skill any more than riding in the back of a taxi.
Do you have any bizarre skills listed on your resume? Let me know in the comments below.