LinkedIn reveals online resume cliches
By Michelle Hammond
Social network LinkedIn has revealed the 10 most popular phrases in resumes among the company’s 85 million profiles, providing some valuable insight for employers.
According to LinkedIn, the three most overused terms are “extensive experience”, “innovative” and “motivated”, followed by “results oriented”, “dynamic” and “proven track record”.
Rounding out the list are “team player”, “fast paced”, “problem solver” and “entrepreneurial”.
LinkedIn chief data scientist DJ Patil says the company released the findings in order to “reveal insights that help professionals make better choices about how to position themselves online, whether they are reaching out to new clients or networking with peers.”
According to Kye Macdonald, co-founder and director of Skye Recruitment, employers should disregard these terms as “buzz words”.
“A lot of those words are very generic and don’t have a lot of meaning behind them. They can also be quite contradictory. For example, if you promote yourself as entrepreneurial, why are you applying for a job?”
Macdonald says employers looking to recruit need to be able to determine a candidate’s experience and background based on their resume.
This information should be outlined at the beginning in a cohesive format such as dot points, followed by more “intangible” information including work-related traits.
“Also, have a clear definition as to what it is you’re looking for. You’d be surprised how often companies, particularly small businesses, are too broad in their job description,” he says.
Macdonald says the recruitment process can be a scary time for start-ups.
“You’re terrified you’ll get it wrong or overlook someone who could have been the golden star for the business,” he says.
“You might find yourself making excuses for people because you want them to be the right person. Especially in the early days, a lot of start-up businesses have an inferiority complex and doubt why someone would want to work for them.”
Macdonald’s top tips when sorting through resumes include:
Share This page :
Manufacturing Resource Efficiency – A Forum for SMEs
Discover how using your resources efficiently can lead to long term success for Australian manufacturers. VECCI and Enterprise Connect would like to invite ...
B31: Ballarat Business Month
B31: Ballarat Business Month – a month of dedicated small business events, workshops and seminars held in and around Ballarat – 1-31 August. For up-to-date ...
Small Business Speedy Solutions
Topline business tips in minutes. Mobile hubs showing short sharp videos on key small business issues and topics – metro Melbourne and regional Victoria t...
Social Studio Magical Tent – Craft Cubed ‘Super Maker
Showcasing textiles and fashion created by designers from the Social Studio in Collingwood, a creative enterprise that provides training and employment...
Small Business Heroes Exhibition: The Retailers
Free, colourful and inspiring photographic display featuring candid images and stories of successful small business owners who are taking an innovative or...
- Specialty retail property loses value: RBA
- RBA says finance availability improving for office developments
- RBA cuts growth forecast
- Title Tattle: Garry Lyon lists Hawthorn mansion
- Borrowers switching mortgage providers, but not necessarily for the better