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A Moment of Reflection

The other day, I went out for a walk after staying home for a good week straight. Upper Great Highway by the Ocean Beach Trail was (and still is) closed to traffic. The skies were a bit gloomy, the air was cold and the waves were hushed. I just stood there in the middle of the road for a moment.

As I’m asthmatic, I’m at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 than most. My last major asthma attack was on the night of January 31st. I got tested for the flu and pneumonia, which consisted of an x-ray and a horrid nasal swap. None of which was comfortable, all of which came back negative. I had to go to Urgent Care about a week or so later as my allergy symptoms didn’t elevate since. This took place before I realized that COVID-19 was spreading, fast.

San Francisco and most of the Bay Area have sheltered in place since March 15th but most of my family and co-workers sheltered in place prior to that as a precaution. Life has been different, interesting, amusing, and frustrating. I’ve had to adjust, adapt, postpone and reevaluate my priorities. I’m no parent but I’ve had to help step in and home school my first-grade nephew. It reminded me of why I never continued on the career paths of being a teacher or pediatrician but grateful a million folds for those that are.

As I stood there facing the gloomy skies above the sea, I kept thinking despite it all, this was a reminder of our blessings. We live in a friendly, family-oriented, and supportive community. I’ve been in better touch with family and friends than ever before, just checking in on each other and making sure everyone is OK. I’ve seen neighbors and community members on my walks and even under masks and six feet apart, we see the smiles.

Where our national leadership has failed, our community leaders have risen up to take charge. Our healthcare workers and first responders the world over have been working tirelessly to care for us, even when they themselves need to be cared for. Our grocery stores are stocked, our restaurants are delivering, and even my tiny desk for work was shipped sooner than expected.

The people behind all that goodness remind me of our blessings, much of which we take for granted. They give me hope that we will get through this uncertainty with a bit more faith, gratitude and empathy. The absolute humility that has come out of this pandemic have truly restored my faith in humanity.

And as I stood there in the middle of the road, I saw a small ray of light through the gloomy skies. Seeing it as a good omen, I took out my phone to capture this moment.

I am a firm believer that when God puts us to it, God will pull us through it. So have faith that this too shall pass. Please, if possible, consider volunteering or donating to causes out there supporting our communities, front line and essential angels. Check on your family, friends and neighbors regularly when possible. If you need someone to talk too, know that I’m but a message away. And please, I urge you all to continue to stay home and stay healthy. We will get through this, together!

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!