Job Skills You Don't Want to be Endorsed for on LinkedIn

April 26, 2016

n the last couple of years, LinkedIn included a new feature that enhanced the profile of its users, allowing connections to endorse one another for the skills we use during our jobs every day. It allows users to compliment the work of others without writing a full-on recommendation. And who doesn’t like to see the graphical interface matching our skills with our endorsers. It’s a great boost to the ego.   

But, what if, instead of endorsing connections for such skills as “press releases”, “copywriting”, “public speaking”, “organizational development”, “social media marketing”, we, instead, endorsed each for the skills we have mastered over the years that we would never want our employers to know. People goof off on the job every day. Some people are just better at it than others. Here are 15 skills you’ll never find on LinkedIn:

  • Walking around the office with a paper in hand to look hard-at-work

  • Rushing to the copier machine to grab non-work related materials

  • Multi-tasking skills when hiding gchat, Facebook or a Sudoku puzzle before the boss sees it

  • Staring at work on the computer screen while actually sleeping

  • Offering ideas during meetings when not even paying attention

  • Positioning body by the water cooler to talk to co-workers throughout the day

  • Looking ahead blindly so as to not notice co-workers as they enter the elevator, train or bus

  • Using the bathroom as a library, conference room and/or social gathering space

  • Research skills for locating the best cat pics, funny memes or celebrity gossip on the web

  • Using company resources to aid current job search

  • Mission Impossible repelling when snacks are announced in the break room

  • Magician-like abilities to show up at the cute new co-worker’s desk

  • Having more office supplies at home than in the office

  • Strong ability to recite movie lines or make pop culture references whenever possible

  • Interpreting of dress code in a way rivaling all other employees

by Jon Minners

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