My father once told me that he wished I wasn’t good at so many things because I had a difficult time focusing on just one. Maybe I should have told Dad that if he and Mom didn’t have so many different interests that they enjoyed sharing with their children I might be a little more focused. I also have ADD, which isn’t an excuse, it’s a fact.

hy·phen·ate: a person who is active in more than one occupation or sphere.

I recently read an article in which the author labeled herself as a hyphenate because she’s a writer, producer, etc. I immediately thought, “Wow! That’s exactly what I am!” I just didn’t have a term that encompassed all the skills and interests that qualify me for different types of jobs. Now I do.

(But, Steph, will prospective employers appreciate your diverse skill set?)

Will employers appreciate all that I have to offer, and actually do something about it? I don’t know, but I want one who does. Otherwise, I’ll get bored. When I get bored, I get idle. When I get idle, I get distracted and begin to focus on things that aren’t job-related, but keep me occupied. I also get really complacent with everything else in my life.

(Let’s do some brain-dumping, Steph. List things you like to do and then list skills that might actually get you hired.)

Okay, I’ll bite.

Things I Like to Do

  • Play tennis
  • Cook
  • Watch TV
  • Read
  • Work on puzzles – crossword, Sudoku, jigsaw
  • Write – prose, poetry, etc.
  • Engage in deep conversations with willing participants
  • Sing and play the piano (less than average ability on the latter)

Employable Skills

  • Documentation Specialist (includes technical and training documentation and CBT (computer-based-training)
  • Software Business Analyst (12+ years of experience and a few professional certifications)
  • Data Analyst (professional certification)
  • Social Media Communications expert, including articles, publicity, etc.

Well, that’s that for now. I needed to write this blog to jump start my focus in the right direction, but let me be perfectly clear – I like being a hyphenate. I don’t want to be a one-trick-pony. Being a hyphenate makes me more interesting, a better employee and less bored with myself. :-O