Our resumes can be an asset to separate us from the competition - but if we really want to stand out, why not include unique personal accomplishments? Beat a tough video game? Add it. Turned in a lost item to its owner even though you wanted to keep it? Throw it on there. Are you funny? Make your interviewer laugh, it can't hurt, right?
Shore20 asked professionals of Reddit: What's one thing you're deeply proud of — but would never put on your résumé?
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
Petty Warcraft revenge.
In World of Warcraft I was attempting to kill this elite rare spawn. It was reasonably difficult to do solo and would take several minutes to get done. While I was about 3/4 the way through killing it, three other players showed up, killed me, and stole the rare spawn kill. A little bit later, the rare spawn was up again and I saw those same three people killing it. I ran in and killed all three of them and stole my rare spawn kill back from them, ending the whole ordeal with just a few percent of my health left. It didn't drop anything great, but it was so satisfying.
Is there a slot for honesty?
Once in elementary school, lunch was ending and I found a perfect condition Blue Eyes White Dragon on the ground. Hellll yeah. I picked that sh*t up and walked towards my class as rain was beginning to fall.
Thats when I turn the corner to see a kid panicking and crying, running around feverishly. I asked him what was wrong and he said he lost his Blue Eyes White Dragon... It took a lot of willpower to give it up (my parents couldnt afford to buy me booster packs or anything), but I did give it back to him then and there. I look back on it fondly now, it helps when I feel like a waste of air.
It's what Yugi would have done
You're not a waste of air, my dude.
I can barely clip my cats' nails but okay.
I got a call from a friend who also raised goats, she had a 5 month old who had a bum leg and the older kids were picking on her. I picked her up, but it was the start of a long weekend and every vet was closed for the next several days.
Turns out, she had broken her hind leg, about 3" above her ankle. Clean break, no broken skin.
I set it, then splinted it with a soda bottle cut so it would roll on itself. Wrapped it in vet wrap, planning to stabalize it through the weekend.
Couldnt get an appointment until a week later, where an xray showed that the leg was healing perfectly.
I feel like you could use that for a "how do you respond during stress" or "a time you've gone above and beyond" type interview question.
Lettuce discuss your qualifications.
Ate a whole head of iceberg lettuce in under 11 minutes. Most of my friends didn't even finish but I'm the Lettuce King.
There actually is a lettuce club at my University where during each annual meeting there's a competition to see who can eat a head of lettuce the fastest. Whoever wins is crowned the lettuce king.
Edit: Apparently there are many other universities that do this.shortsonapanda
"Lettuce hold a meeting next year."
Now, lettuce pray.
That's a lot of blood.
I've donated over 10 gallons of blood to the Red Cross. I actually had it on my resume for a while but some people get really weird about it.
Depends whether or not it was your blood
You donate one pint, you're a hero. You donate 10 gallons and everybody starts asking whose blood this is.
Geometry was the devil.
Not sure if this belongs here, but I'm real proud of an accomplishment I had in 10th grade (a little over a decade ago, now). I was taking a regular Geometry class and we were given our mid-term. I got through it quickly, but there was a bonus question on the back. I'm not sure how much it was worth, but the question was basically this:
Here's an extremely abstract object. Find its area. Oh yeah, not telling you the length of any of its sides. Have fun.
I spent about an hour on this one question. Now mind you, it was multiple choice, so I could've guessed and had a 25% chance. But nah, I wanted to crack it! So I brought out my ruler, drew dotted lines, etc, and got to the answer.
When the teacher gave back out tests, he asked those who got the bonus question right to raise their hands. He then asked those who actually worked out the problem to keep their hands raised, and the rest were to lower theirs. I was the only one who still had their hand raised.
Teacher: "I gave this question to all of my classes, including my Honors students. Out of them all, dmxell is the only one who correctly worked out the problem. Dmxell, can you please come to the board and show everyone how to do it."
After I copied my work to the board, my teacher followed up with: "He's right."
Boom. This made my school year. But obviously I'd never put it on a resume, lol.
I was on the math team in high school. The first meet, I took the geometry test. There was this triangle, with criss-cross lines that were all congruent. I had to find the measure of angle a.
I took my pencil, and turned it around on the paper following the lines. I counted 7 angles, and the pencil ended turned around (180 degrees). My answer was 25.714 degrees.
At the end of the tests, we could take our scratch paper with (everyone took the tests asy the same time, so cheating wasn't an issue). My classmates saw my paper and laughed in my face. I was the only one (150 people) who got it right.
Edit: the problem: https://imgur.com/gallery/L8sx8EF
AB=BC=CD=DE=EF=FG=AG (technically congruent, but can't symbol that properly) Find the measure of angle A.
Definitely worth putting on a resume.
I'm fantastic at making balloon animals. I've got no good reason to be good at it.
It would look great on your resume if you were to work as a child entertainer.
Unfortunately I'm an aspiring software engineer so I don't think it'll make the cut for a while. Maybe some day for sh*ts I'll toss "is able to make a balloon bicycle" on my CV.
Actually, this is quite a feat.
I have over 11 1/2 years clean and sober. It's a good thing but I'm not telling potential employers about it.
Congrats! I'm 11 years sober myself. It is quite the accomplishment!
I ate 6 bowls of pasta at the pasta deathmatch challenge AKA the Olive Garden never ending pasta bowl.
Congratulations! Your award is indigestion!
I didn't poo for almost three days.
There's a story.
I was once called "inconsiderate" by a serial killer.
You can't leave us hanging like that -story time.
Back in 2008, I was a news photographer for a local CBS station. We were doing a story on a lady known regionally as "The Black Widow" - every husband she'd ever had mysteriously wound up dead, and she'd collected some 3 or 4 massive life insurance payouts over the course of her life. She had finally been caught and was appearing before an official in the local prison - it was some kind of small hearing in a tiny room, but I don't know the exact details. I had my camera on her with the top light turned on, and she kept putting her hand up in front of her face to block my shot. I'd turn it off, she'd put it down. Turn it back on, hand went up. I soon realized we're not going to have a single usable shot of this lady in our story that evening because the hearing was going to be over in no time, so I turned the camera on to record her, but shut the top light off. This made the shot a bit darker than I wanted, but it fooled her - she put her hand down and I got plenty of video of her. But not before she looked right in my camera lens, gave me a glare, and said, "You are very inconsiderate." Part of me wanted to ask her where "video taping a criminal" fell on the scale relative to "murdering a bunch of husbands," but I held my tongue.