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110 Words That Should Never Appear On Your Website—or Your Resume!

Seen on the Internet–good advice—don’t  blow smoke at someone you want to impress.

“Adjectives are great but only if specific, descriptive, and directly applicable to what you do.  Use plain language, avoid generalities, and skip the hyperbole.” http://www.linkedin.com/news?viewArticle=&articleID=683758455&gid=3727071&type=member&item=65012449&articleURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bnet.com%2Fblog%2Fsmall-biz-advice%2F10-words-that-should-never-appear-on-your-website%2F966&urlhash=iNJ_&goback=.gde_3727071_member_65012449

In the society we live in, we are constantly being bombarded with hyperbole.  (And flat out lies, if the truth be told.)  “Happy cows come from California.” First off, the happy cows in  California live in vast, unholy feedlots. But second, how  on earth would it follow that the cheese is better  based on the fake happiness? Lies–so common we think nothing of them. Almost any ad is based on some lie that you will be sexier or richer or happier if only… if only you BUY THIS ITEM. Except you won’t. You will still be… you.

Dishonesty seems to be on the rise as competition heats up for jobs, college seats, etc.  “Statistics show that cheating among high school students has risen dramatically during the past 50 years… 73% of all test takers, including prospective graduate students and teachers agree that most students do cheat at some point. 86% of high school students agreed.” http://www.glass-castle.com/clients/www-nocheating-org/adcouncil/research/cheatingfactsheet.html

So, it may seem natural to do the same things—lying and puffing up your qualifications—when  it comes time to seek that job. After all “you” isn’t good enough, right? You need a nicer car or aftershave to be OK.  And if the above statistics are representative the large majority of you will. But this blog is not for the large majority—it is fort he few who wish to bring something they possess into the workplace, to serve the well-being of their own souls (and the rest of us)  in some way.

So here’s the skinny: tell the truth. Be descriptive. Be detailed. Be passionate. If you are like me, you may have taken some of your best skills and abilities for granted—because they came easy to you. Own those. Inventory what you have done in your life, paid and unpaid, and make sure you have the big picture of what you have to offer the world.

Then tell it like it is. No holds barred, no apologies… no BS.

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