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Notice all of the above bullet points use numbers, percentages, and statistics to prove the skill. This is called quantifying your accomplishments, and it is the most compelling way to validate your experience. When it comes to LinkedIn, facts are always better than fiction!
The solution is to test your profile and then take out any words that aren’t fact. Here’s how you test it: simply read each sentence on your profile and then ask yourself, “Says who?”
If you can’t validate it within the sentence you are using it in, then it needs to go. Note all 10 of the words on LinkedIn’s list below to understand how they get misused.
The 10 most overused words on LinkedIn are subjective. Meaning that if you use them, you are stating an opinion of yourself. Take a look:
The problem with using these words is that, while you think it’s okay to talk about yourself in this way, the reader of your profile (maybe a recruiter or hiring manager) gets the mistaken impression that you think you are “all that and a bag of chips.”
Once you edit your profile, go back through and insert accomplishments that prove what you were trying to say about yourself. These would be examples of better fits:
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