Category Archives: Career Support

What’s Your Motivation??

I posted the following on Instagram & SnapChat earlier today…
“Do you regret changing jobs?” they ask. “Are you happy now?” they ask. Regreting means you learned nothing & I strive to have no regrets especially when it comes to my career. Happier means I was miserable before which is far from the truth. I loved my last job as I’ve always had an appreciation for cars & my work gave me the challenges of my career. But what’s next when these challenges are conquered? You take on the next challenge!

“You’re living the dream” they say. “You’re new job is easy” they say. Yes, I’m living the dream of having my intellect (& pallete) challenged on a greater scale. Yes, my job is easy only because I’m motivated every morning to rise, “fuck mediocrity” & get to work! #Yalla!

What’s your motivation??

LinkedIN’s 2012 Top Over-Used Buzz Words

Before I begin, I’d like to thank Krista Canfield for reaching out to me to write this post. As you all well know, LinkedIN has an annual list of “buzz” words over-used by 135+ million users globally. I wrote a short piece last year when it aired on 7Live in San Francisco, CA. To be asked by Krista personally to write about the list again this year is an honor… so Thank You, Krista!

LinkedIN’s 2012 Top Over-Used Buzz Words
By: Ms. Hala

 

It’s that time of year again when LinkedIN shares the year’s top over-used “buzz” words. Remember last year it was words like “creative”, “effective” and “track record” that topped the list. Do you think some of these words are still up there on top this year? Are you thinking of laminating your profile or resume (excuse me, I mean to say CV as it is said outside of the states) with these words? Did you follow Krista’s tips from last year to fix up your profile? Let’s find out!

According to LinkedIN, in the United States, these are the top over-used buzz words:

LinkedIN USA 2012

It really surprised me that the top three words for the US haven’t budged. I mean, “creative” is the number one word again… really? People, did we not talk about this last year? Don’t say you are “creative”, BE CREATIVE! Showcase your talents by using some of the helpful apps on LinkedIN to sprouse up our profile. The saying does state, “actions speak louder than the word ‘creative’!”

Let’s take a look at what the trends been like around the world this year…

LinkedIN Worldwide 2012

Seems the word “creative” was used across the globe almost as much as it was within the United States. In the Middle East region where I’m currently residing, the top words were “motivated” and “multi-national”. I’m not surprised with the later being on top in the area as the Middle East region is becoming more and more diverse with people from around the world tapping into the vast growing economy there. That’s why I’m here!

Curious what my profile looks like nowCheck it out!

My sincere readers, time to fix up your LinkedIN profile! Don’t create it and forget it either, constantly update you profile and keep it active, even after you’ve landed that awesome job! If you haven’t already, fix up your resume and upload it to your LinkedIN profile. This way, you are showcasing your experiences, talents and track record to the LinkedIN community. I would also recommend utilizing some of the new sections of the profile that’s been added over the year such as Projects and Organizations.

Remember the tips stated last year, being honest about your skill set and track record, simple but personable picture and linking between both your resume and profile.

Here’s to 2013… let’s get to work!

 

Sources:

 Krista Canfield, Senior Manager, Corporate communications (Consumer PR)

Top Ten Overused Professional Buzzwords 2012

LinkedIn Profile Tips

Krista Canfield

Krista Canfield, the Senior Manager at LinkedIn was on San Francisco’s 7Live yesterday with Brian Copeland and Lizzie Bermudez with a few good tips on making your profile stand out. As LinkedIn is my favorite professional networking site out there, felt it necessary to share that information with my readers.

Canfield started by discussing this year’s top over-used “buzz” words. The top five that you and I have been guilty of over-using on our profiles and resumes are:

  1. Creative
  2. Organizational
  3. Effective
  4. Extensive Experience
  5. Track Record

Other overused words were problem-solving, communication skills and interpersonal skills as detailed further on Digital Journal. My advice would be to really look at what your skill is rather then sugar coating it with smart sounding words. Let’s go a bit into detail of what we actually did, using simple English words. For example, what in fact have we created to be creative?

Canfield also stated that users shouldn’t simply say they have a lot of experience but actually list their experience. The more information you have posted on your profile from your resume, the more you are to stand out. Keeping it simple could be keeping you out of reach from many employers looking at your profile. I would also suggest that once you have perfected both your resume and profile, make sure to link your profile when you send out your resume. Why not have it below your name at the bottom of your cover letter?

Curious what my profile looks like? Here it is!

If you are going to have a profile, you need to make yourself approachable. LinkedIn asks asks for one small picture to add personality to your profile. When Bermudez asked what’s the worst profile picture Canfield had seen, she replied, “not having a picture at all is worse then a bad picture.” Of course, she noted, that one should have a simple, professional head shot for their profile picture. My rule of thumb is, if you’d post it on Facebook, maybe you shouldn’t use it on LinkedIn.

As I noted earlier, I too am guilty of some of these mishaps and am fixing up my LinkedIn profile as you read this! If you’d like me to look over your profile, all you have to do is ask.

Once an excerpt video of yesterday’s interview is made available, with permission I’ll be sure to post it right here!

100 Most Creative Example Resumes Of All Time via SaveDelete.com

First, my sincere apologies for my lack of career related posts. As many of my followers know, I’ve been out of the country since May with limited internet connection. I’m slowly coming back to my blogging after gaining some great understanding on job seeking and HR on an international level.

Of course the first thing that many people discuss is presenting themselves on paper, via resumes or CV (short of “curriculum vitae”) as it is referred to outside the United States. In doing a bit of research, came across this great article by SaveDelete.com that showcased some of the worlds most creative resumes/CVs.

100 Most Creative Example Resumes Of All Time

Many of these beautifully done resumes fall into the guidelines that I’ve been teaching for many years now. I think in the time that we are in now where we have more job seekers then we have employers, such creativity makes one stand out from the crowd.

I would recommend that anyone thinking of creating such a resume/CV to better understand how it would stand out in the industry you’re applying too. What may work when applying to a graphic design company for example may not work when applying to a sales company. Read each one carefully as many of them differ in industry, creativity and language of course!

Until next time, let’s get to work!