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How NOT to Stand OUT!

LinkedIn just published a list this week of the top 10 most overused descriptions their subscribers use about themselves. The list was aggregated from more than 85 million user profiles. While many of these may sound like great things to have on your resume, because EVERYBODY is saying the same thing, you actually become LESS distinctive and more run-of-the-mill.

In order to be noticed, you need to be set apart from the Moldy-Middle. So, instead of using "generic" descriptors, use specific accomplishments. Example: Results Oriented: State, made over $50 million in sales / $10 million in profits for XYZ Corp in 10 months!!! Now that is results oriented. As another caution, no one really cares much what you did for someone else, what they want to know is what you will do for THEM, so state it. "I can increase profits where ever I go..." Get the drift? Now, do NOT lie, but just tell it like it is...


Oh, as a word of caution, if you are looking for a job, stet entrepreneurial... Only REALLY being an entrepreneur counts there.


BTW, here is the list if you are interested.

1. Extensive experience

2. Innovative
3. Motivated
4. Results-oriented
5. Dynamic
6. Proven track record
7. Team player
8. Fast-paced
9. Problem solver
10. Entrepreneurial (really?)

Comments

Joey McGirr said…
I love your "Really?" after Entrepreneurial. That was awesome!
Profit Prophet said…
thnx Joey for the kind words...

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