12 Most Meaningless LinkedIn Profile Descriptors
LinkedIn continues its impressive growth with recent stats boasting 135 Million users. I see the appeal of this network. At its core, LinkedIn is a living public resumé that allows businesses and entrepreneurs to seek out and connect with other professionals who may support their goals as consultants, employees, partners or advisors.
However, as with so many other social networks, it’s just a tool and so the benefit you receive from it is dependent on how you use it. Publicly displaying your resumé is one thing, but when it’s buried among 135 million others, how are you found? And if you are found, how do you differentiate yourself?
Lately I’ve been searching the site for possible candidates and I was met with, well… the “same old-same old.” I was reminded that with so many channels to engage in we’ve become lazy in our creativity, which has never been more important. As social channels grow and become even more popular, the need to differentiate ourselves — to stand out — becomes so much more important.
The one tip we should all be heeding is to avoid the most overused descriptors in our professional profiles. They scream “marketing-speak!” and frankly, have become shallow, meaningless words to potential employers like myself. What do these 12 Most meaningless LinkedIn profile descriptors really mean?
1. Problem solver
2. Extensive experiences
3. Organizational skills
5. People skills
6. Creative thinker
7. Dynamic personality
8. Impressive track record
9. Managerial hat
11. Communication skills
12. Motivational personality
If you really want to showcase how innovative, creative and dynamic you are, why not try finding innovative, creative and dynamic ways to illustrate that?
I’m curious to hear what other employers have found to be meaningless buzz words on LinkedIn or resumes in general? In what ways can you more effectively display your professional characteristics in the written form? Share with the class…
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