When we describe ourselves using the written word, there is an impression that is created in doing so.
Quick! Name five words you would use to describe yourself!
- High energy
- Problem solver
- Work with teams
- Pretty well organized
BAM! That is me!
When I describe myself with these words I draw a picture with words of someone who can get something done, solving problems to make an organization stronger.
I am not the average Joe.
This is my brand. I use these words in one way or another in my social media profiles. I want to leave this impression in everything I do, write and say.
Each of these words has a story behind it. If you ask me about being high energy I can tell funny (and sad) stories that illustrate accomplishments. When I tell these stories I am not bragging, I am sharing something that really happened that highlight an accomplishment.
I bet my words are different from your words. Each of us are individuals so our words will differ as well.
Words have power. People will draw conclusions based on the way you describe yourself so choose your words carefully.
As job seekers, choose your words carefully.
- What words do you use to describe yourself in your resume? LinkedIn profile? Are the words similar?
- Do your words support your core values?
- Does your social media footprint support your core values? Are you leaving the impression you want to leave? Check with someone who knows you well to get a new set of eyes on your words.
- Do the words you choose support your career goal? If not, your words might be undermining your career goals.
We can help be that new set of eyes to confirm that hiring managers will picture you in the job when they read the words you use to describe yourself.
Quick! What are your five words?