Ever wonder how the skills learned from travel could help qualify you for a new career? Here’s a idea of the myriad of skills that we travelers have.
Objective: Looking for a first-class leadership position where I can utilize my well-rounded skills learned as a frequent flier.
Experience: Have flown on countless flights, both coach and first class. Have slept in an incalculable number of beds, mostly alone. Have driven a myriad of cars, primarily on the right-hand side of the road. 1985-present.
- Able to maneuver a suitcase, laptop bag and coat into a tiny airport bathroom stall in seconds!
- Can figure out all the buttons and knobs in a rental car faster than a speeding bullet.
- Able to sleep just about anywhere — on a plane, on a rental car bus, on a airport chapel pew.
- Expert at finding the last open space in a plane’s overhead bins for luggage. There is always room for one more bag!
- Go-getter in finding the least expensive airfares and hotel rates.
- Determined to accrue air miles or hotel points for every purchase made.
- Tenacious in filling 3 oz. bottles with favorite shampoo and conditioner.
- Gets out of the aisle quickly upon boarding to allow fellow passengers to get to their seats.
- Follows the rules for arm-rest sharing in coach class.
- Helps window-seat passengers pass the trash to flight attendants.
- Never slams back seat back into knees of passenger in next row; shares the precious few inches equally.
- Has enough food, reading material and music to survive several hours on the tarmac.
- Always has ID, credit card and boarding pass ready for quick entry into airline lounges.
- Ready to unload laptop, liquids, shoes and jacket into plastic bins to keep the security line moving.
- Always has $1’s and $5’s for tipping maids, porters, bell desk.
- Knows how to ask for a better seat or a better room.
- Always friendly to gate agents, security, hotel and car rental personnel.
- Skilled at asking parents to have their kids stop kicking the airline seat in front of them.
- Expert at selecting a week’s worth of clothes, coordinating jewelry and shoes in 15 minutes or less and get it all in one carry-one bag.
- Maintains an up-to-date accounting of air miles, hotel points, car rental awards, credit card points.
Works Well Independently:
- Comfortable eating alone in a restaurant
- Can drive through cities and towns for hours on end with only a GPS for companionship.
- Knows the signs of a slow moving security line and is sometimes smart enough to avert it.
- Understands what the ‘ding-ding’ near the end of the flight indicates.
- Can whip out the perfect credit card for the situation to get the best award points.
- Knows to look for where the little arrow is pointing on a rental car’s fuel gauge before pulling up to a gas pump.
- Expert on the best iPhone and Blackberry apps for travel
- Can Skype across the world
- Expert at online banking, online check-in and online everything.
Hobbies: Staying home. Enjoying time with family and friends. Reading a great book that doesn’t have a ‘boarding pass’ bookmark.