I was roving across LinkedIn today and came across the line “My passion is people.” It sounds confident, self-assured, and succinct. It’s not insincere or arrogant. It makes a good impression without pigeonholing he / she who utters this phrase.
What am I? What kind of blurb headlines my LinkedIn self?
“I don’t have strong opinions either way.”
Here is the pinnacle of wishy-washiness, the ill-defined jawline in congress with the wobbly lower lip. This is a fellow you don’t want to hire. Perhaps he’s worth something for the collaborative spirit he’s sure to have, but it’s no good to take pride in lack of character.
“I like making things work.”
Who doesn’t? Next applicant.
“I value invisibility.”
This sounds arrogant. You think you’re a master valet to old money? Actually, what does this even mean? If you want to be invisible, why should we hire you?
“Maintainability is my joy.”
I could spout these smelly aphorisms all day and not come any closer to something useful. The above headings are all true, but they’re no use in networking.
Never mind faith and proselytizing – works are the thing I must show. I would do well to really ramp up my OSS game.