Performing and delivering results matter. They help you attract attention, recognition, rewards and promotions. But only up to a point. When you reach the Human Resources leadership ranks, this perspective shifts radically. Results continue to be just as important, but relationships you build within the organization carry even greater weight.
Set up regular face-to-face meeting to clarify, dig deeper and decode any vague and confusing feedback you receive about your performance, your style or your approach in handling difficult situations. While it’s okay to clarify it, don’t debate it, argue about it or shut it off. Consider feedback a gift and when receiving it, the MOST appropriate response is: “Thank you!”
The old rules were: Tell me what have you done? The new rules are: Tell me what can you do? The reality is hiring managers want to hear about everything you can do, to help them TODAY. Right here. Right now. Employers want HR people who are problem solvers. Clearly articulate how you can contribute (directly or indirectly) to enhancing retention, reducing costs, improving revenues, and help them become more competitive.
In real life, you can’t treat people like they’re numbers in a powerpoint presentation or as assets that can be sold off like a stock. They’re people, like you and me, with families and fears and aspirations for the future. And for most of their day, they choose to invest their time and energy in our organizations.
(Excerpted from the book “Best Kept HR Secrets” by Alan Collins)
by Melinda Lathrop
LinkedIn is one of the most important social media sites for marketers, so making a mistake on this network can be costly. Whether you’re looking for a job or trying to widen your circle of connections for potential clients, your profile on LinkedIn is a crucial component to your personal brand.
When crafting your profile, the biggest mistake that professionals make is having a generic summary. With over 414 million members on LinkedIn, how are employers and potential customers going to remember who you are if your profile echoes that of every other industry professional? Filling your summary with buzzwords will drive prospects away.
Here are 15 overused words that will make your profile fade into the background:
How can you clean up your profile and remove all these buzzwords?
1. Show; don’t tell. Your professional summary is the first thing prospects see after your profile picture. Maybe you know that you exert leadership qualities, but too many of these overused words in your summary are going to make it hard for you to seem superior to your competitor. Rather, use concrete examples of how you’ve exhibited these traits.
2. Start featuring your work. Don’t just say you’re creative; prove it. Each profile section enables you to upload media. Whether you offer a photo, a link or even a video, prove to your prospects that you truly are creative. The same advice goes for all the listed buzzwords. Prove your leadership skills by showing a photo of yourself at a speaking event or helping a co-worker. These skills can be showcased in many different ways, but you must show your readers rather than expecting them to believe it based on a few words.
3. Share relevant information, and communicate clearly. You might have the best communication skills in your office and influence others with your views and skills. Still, how will a prospect know that unless you offer specific examples? Continually publishing posts and offering your opinion in industry-related groups conveys your expertise. Participate in LinkedIn groups to highlight your acumen.
4. Connect with industry professionals. Showcasing your motivation is obvious if you are interacting with others in your industry. Sharing your opinion on news or commentaries shows your prospects that you care about your profile, your industry and how you are perceived.
5. Try using a simple synonym. In some instances, using an uncommon synonym can help you stand out from the crowd. For example, for motivated try using ambitious, determined, compelled, or for responsible use conscientious, accountable or reliable. Instead of falling back on empty terminology, cut the buzzwords from your LinkedIn profile and add great work examples instead.
Do you have any other buzzwords that you hate seeing on LinkedIn profiles?
A version of this article originally appeared on LinkedIn.
The Internet has opened up career openings to a much wider audience. Knowing how to market an open position to the right audience and handle an interview is crucial. Here are some interesting facts about these processes: