I work in a field where the standards change constantly. Equipment, file formats, even styles of direction (Ken Burns changed everything) all are in a state of flux. So while I do have on my resume the skillsets and even some programs and equipment I've worked with, the primary skill I list is:
If I don't know how to do something, I can learn.
Admittedly, with the internet, this is easy. I recall the time I was wiring my house for a router, and didn't know how to tell the types of CAT5 cable apart. I went to google, typed in "How do I tell CAT5 cables apart?" and instantaneously got a clear diagram showing how to read the colored wires. Instantly.
I'm not a genius. I just know how to look for things. The unwillingness to do so is what a friend of mine terms "intellectual laziness", and it applies to people who would rather remain ignorant than learn how. I don't mind when a customer asks me to show them how to hook up a video projector. When the same customer asks me how 4 times in one day, simply because she knows then I'll do it for her...this becomes annoying.
"Hire curious people. Even if they don't have the exact skill set you want, curious, passionate people can learn anything."
I am trying--with some success--to instill this in my daughters. "Dad, the TV won't play my DVD!" I could just go over and fix it. But instead I showed them, once, how the whole system works--the flow of information, the "out" and "in" of the RCA cables--and then, the next time, my response is just "Well, figure it out!"
Of course, this method has its dangers as well. There was one night, after a long day, when the DVD wouldn't work for me --and as I was tired, I was getting flustered and frustrated, swearing at the equipment which wasn't working as I'd expected.
My youngest daughter looked up from the couch. "Oh, Dad, it wasn't working before, so I re-wired the system. Push that button now--it's much easier."
And you know what? She was right.