All the jobs
If you, like Kanye West, actually use LinkedIn for job opportunities and not as an avenue for stalking people you can’t find on Facebook, we have some great advice.
The networking site released its annual list of overused buzzwords, as it has for the past four years. As usual, the words are boring, clichéd, and pretty much meaningless in the context of a job application.
Take it from us (we have jobs and you don’t): it’s always better to use specific examples and full sentences than to rely on unimpressive adjectives. Here are LinkedIn’s top 10 most ubiquitous words of 2014, with our advice for improving upon them:
It’s hard out there for a journalist, but let’s not do anything crazy. Mashable reports that seasoned reporter Dawn Siff decided to capitalize on Twitter’s 6-second video-sharing tool by putting her resume on it. Why is every Internet savvy person’s first reaction to a new platform to turn it into a resume tool?
A few weeks ago, a piece of porn for self-quantifiers shot up to the top of Hacker News. It was created by NYC’s very own Chris Kennedy–a Betabeat poachable–and was intended to remix and remaster the traditional boring résumé layout. The Hacker News crowd went so crazy for Mr. Kennedy’s invention that he promised to launch a version for others to use as well.
Today, just two weeks after he publicized his own Status Chart, Mr. Kennedy and backend dev Richard Owens have opened up the platform to other engineers and designers.
You may remember dev-of-all-trades Chris Kennedy from Betabeat’s spring most poachable players in tech list. Turns out that Mr. Kennedy’s skills are so manifold that he needed to develop an updated version of the tired old resume to better list them. The result is Status Chart, which has already hit the front page of Hacker News, gaining the esteem of productivity-obsessed programmers.
Status Chart is a clean, simple way to display all of the jobs, projects, hackathons and accolades that make you who you are. For avid self-quantifiers, it might get you a little hot under the Fuelband, so NSFW and all that.