Butter, Fetish and Hugs: 10 of the Weirdest LinkedIn Job Skills

Will "butter," "fetish" or "hugs" really help you in your career?

No, tattooing isn't one of them.


Over 400 million people now use LinkedIn to market themselves to potential employers, and one of their most important marketing tools is the “Skills” section of the LinkedIn page. Everyone claims to be good at time management and Microsoft Word, but some of the site’s users have gone a step further and identified somewhat strange areas of expertise. We combed through the LinkedIn Skills Directory (which was made public this month) to find some of the more obscure abilities publicized by users:

Butter– 42,891 members

Want to unleash your inner Julia Child? Then get friendly with the food and beverage lovers in this thread.

Obsession– 25,307 members

Many people who list this skill seemingly want to highlight their obsessive commitment to their work—but they just come off looking like Christian Grey.

Nude– 10,285 members

The artists and romantics in this thread are just foregoing foreplay altogether.

Some LinkedIn users want to unleash their inner Christian Grey.

Some LinkedIn users want to unleash their inner Christian Grey. (Photo: Twitter)

Fetish– 3,223 members

OK, now this is just getting ridiculous.

Little Spanish– 7,920 members

Why sell yourself short? Keep working to make your Spanish muy bueno! If America’s dad Tim Kaine can do it, so can you.

Hugs– 1,471 members

Fun fact: 254 of the people who list this skill work in social media, according to LinkedIn figures. Guess they’re used to comforting reporters whose stories tank on Twitter.

The warlock is on LinkedIn now.

The warlock is on LinkedIn now. (Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Winning– 1,370 members

Looks like Charlie Sheen and 1,369 of his friends joined LinkedIn.

Voluntourism– 1,510 members

This travel trend where vacationers help build schools or work in medical clinics for a week before going back to their privileged lives has been widely criticized for its narcissistic undertones. So why put it on a job site where it could be interpreted the wrong way?

You'll never rap as well as these guys.

You’ll never rap as well as these guys. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Rapping– 24 members

It seems the popularity of Hamilton has caused a small group of LinkedIn users to flaunt their hip hop prowess.

Hives– 28 members

Whether these people keep bees or help treat skin rashes, there’s gotta be a more artful way to express that.

Butter, Fetish and Hugs: 10 of the Weirdest LinkedIn Job Skills