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Polish your LinkedIn profile

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Your LinkedIn profile establishes your professional reputation and is an outstanding way to showcase your credentials and expertise. Make sure you are creating the best impres­­sion of yourself by removing these words from your LinkedIn profile:

•  Various. Phrases such as “Worked on various projects” mean nothing. Specifically describe a few projects that showcase your industry or job expertise.

•  Accomplished professional. It can sound pompous. Instead, prove your success by providing specific metrics, data and other insight. For example, “In one year, I increased sales by 20 percent.”

•  Experienced. One person can use the word to describe a six-month stint at a particular job, while another uses it to describe 16 years in a particular field. It’s better to specify the number of years you have worked in a specific career.

•  Results-driven. Every organization wants to hire someone who can produce results. Rather than make that claim, detail how you have produced in the past. For example, “Promoted to manager within eight months of being hired at my previous company.”

— Adapted from “7 Phrases to Delete From Your LinkedIn Profile,” Laura Smith-Proulx, Careerealism, www.careerealism.com.

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