LinkedIn: 4 Profile Phrases That Will Devastate Your Career
It’s been said you only have one chance to make a first impression. In many cases our LinkedIn profile acts as that first impression. Our LinkedIn profile is viewed by recruiters, companies who want to do business with us and our peers.
It makes sense that our profile should be professional and a clear reflection of who we are. Sadly, many blur the line between Facebook and LinkedIn. While Facebook is used for business, it’s primarily for our friends and family. LinkedIn on the other hand is a business networking site.
It’s clear that many people are clueless as to the difference. As an example I recently reviewed a LinkedIn profile where I picked up key career information including; ‘I like mangoes” and ‘I collect things with strawberries.’ If our career objective is to be permanently unemployed this is the type of important facts that can contribute to the successful accomplishment of our goal.
Another blatant misstep involves broadcasting our junior high nickname in our profile header. It may be nice for the guys at hunting camp to know we go by ‘Digger’ or ‘Peanut,’ though it shreds any prospects of us being taken seriously as a business person. I highly doubt Melissa Gilbert goes by ‘Half Pint’ or Emmanuel Lewis as ‘Webster’ in their LinkedIn profiles.
We’re going to take it for granted that our sagacious readers know better than to pitch their careers off a mountain top and shatter their employment dreams to pieces. Instead let’s focus on 4 phrases that should be outlawed from everyone’s LinkedIn profile.
(1) Results Oriented: It should be a given that you’re goal oriented and produce results. If you have to state that your goal is to achieve results, likely you don’t and your profile will be used by recruiters as a punch line to a joke.
(2) Driven: The word driven makes one think of an employee pulling up in a limo with a chauffeur to open their door each morning. It gives visions of Driving Miss Daisy, rather than a person who is highly focused on success.
(3) Team Player: If you’re a member of 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals or another such franchise you probably qualify to use this term, otherwise it screams I don’t play well with others and should not be hired.
(4) Competent: This word gives more of a negative connotation than anything else. A person can be ‘competent to stand trial,’ though you probably wouldn’t hire them. One meaning for competent is ‘adequate, though not exceptional.’