It’s January. The start of a new year and for many companies, the start of a new hiring budget.
Many job seekers say to themselves, “this is the year I’ll look for a new job.” Whether job seekers are looking for opportunities in a new industry, a company move or just looking for a more challenging position – studies show that January is the time to do that. There’s just something about a new year that inspires many to start thinking about the future and their careers.
But, before your start massively updating your skills and experiences on LinkedIn – take a few notes from their annual report of 2014 buzzwords and nix ‘em from your profile.
“If you’re motivated about your career, passionate about doing your best work, and are highly creative, then I’ve got news for you: so is everyone else,” writes Catherine Fisher, the Director of Corporate Communications & LinkedIn Career Expert.
Yikes. I think we’re all guilty of using at least one of those words on our LinkedIn profile and résumé.
Should we all bust out thesauruses en masse?
Fisher suggests, “don’t go to your trusty thesaurus and replace one buzzword with another lackluster adjective. Rather, include examples that illustrate how you’re motivated.”
So, in short, it’s less about using words such as “motivated,” “passionate” and “creative”—anyone and everyone should describe themselves as those adjectives. In Journalism school, I was taught the show don’t tell method and I think that applies here.
Instead of showing how motivated you are as a person, provide an anecdote of a time where you were relentless in pursuit of something—whether it’s selling a product, writing a story or solving a problem.
Telling a hiring manager that you’re motivated doesn’t really mean anything. Rather, showing a hiring manager exactly how you’re motivated does paint a vivid picture.
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