One of the most common New Year’s resolutions
The idea of beginning a new year with a list of new goals is always inspiring. There’s a certain air of hope for the new yet unknown things that might come our way mixed with the sense of ambition of those really important things we want to accomplish to feel good with ourselves.
Losing weight, buying a new car, moving to another city, getting married, are some of the bullet-points. But there is one that deserves a special mention, that a lot of you can relate to, and is the real focus of this article. It goes something like “Land the job of my dreams”. If this is your case and you are ready to go out on the hunt, make sure to continue reading how you can really take advantage of your LinkedIn profile and achieve getting noticed by the right people.
Last week the professional networking site LinkedIn revealed that their annual study shows the most commonly words used in profiles to describe professional skills are: “responsible”, “strategic,” “effective” and “creative”. Resulting “responsible” the N.1 word used in profiles globally and in Canada. So, unless you want to have just another regular business description, do less wording and more uploading.
Since LinkedIn announced the option of uploading files of professional work, seems that candidates still rather just use descriptive but generic words. “Everyone is still using these words and they’re not evil in and of themselves,” said Danielle Restivo, head of global programs at LinkedIn in London, Ont.
She suggests employees add presentations or images of projects and videos they have worked on to develop their profiles. They also shouldn’t be shy about saying when they have met or exceeded sales quotas or brought in new clients, she added. “It would be more effective,”’ said Restivo, who paused to laugh at her use of the word, “if you do have a concrete example”.
As recruiters we agree that a more specific or detailed business profile is the better. As a candidate, you should want to be identified by your own merits as a result of your skills or knowledge instead of being tagged as a regular employee. Also, you should remember that referrals speak for themselves. We encourage you to add examples of your work as well as asking your former or current colleagues to write something good about you, especially if you’re having a hard time finding the right adjectives to add on your own.Source: HR Reporter Article By LuAnn LaSalle ‘Responsible,’ ‘strategic’ most overused words on LinkedIn profiles