Are you looking for a side hustle or planning a career change? Then the first thing you need is a good resume, and we’re not just talking traditional, printed-out CVs: These days, your digital resume holds the same value as the one on paper (if not more).

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Based on their data, professional network LinkedIn recently revealed ten of the most popular words their Filipino users chose in 2017 to highlight their skills and characteristics.

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1. Experienced

2. Skilled

3. Specialize

4. Leadership

5. Expert

6. Passionate

7. Responsible

8. Creative

9. Motivated

10. Focused

“The Philippines is a fast-rising economy with a growing population of young and dynamic talent looking to connect with opportunities,” said Linda Lee, LinkedIn’s head of communications for South East Asia and North Asia, in a release. “Companies have become more particular about the type of talent they need. As many of them take their search for talent online, the words that we use in our online profiles have never been more important.”

You can use these words to spice up your resume, but that doesn't mean you'll magically get your dream job. What's important is that you can back your CV up with the skills that you have while marketing yourself effectively by:


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Showing exactly what you can do.

Don’t be afraid to flaunt your achievements, and speak of them proudly and precisely. Everyone is vying for the attention of employers, so it’s important to show your edge to leave the competition behind. There’s a difference between displaying your professional wares and being full of hot air.

Using other media.

Create your own website that contains your portfolio. If you’re an artist or a writer, show samples of your best works. If your field leans towards accounting or administration, post photos of projects you’ve successfully launched and describe your contributions to them in detail. This gives possible employers a better grasp of who you are as a person and how you work.

Making sure your social media presence looks professional.

A lot of employees take a peek at social media accounts of potential hires. While this shouldn’t stop you from posting things about your personal life, you may want to make use of available privacy settings of your chosen platforms so that you can control what other people can see. Be discreet because it isn’t only about your reputation, but also about your safety.


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Being pro-active.

If you’re on a professional network such as LinkedIn, it’s important to make use of all the tools at your disposal. Don’t be afraid to network and explore collaborations with other people. When you’re pro-active, you gain more connections, and you can better convince potential employers that you're worth a shot.

Finding one thing that you’re good at and using it to your advantage.

If you’re good at something, continuously hone it until you can finally call yourself an expert. Being a legit voice of authority in your industry can up your chances of getting good offers while improving your reputation. “We are also encouraging our members to stay engaged with their networks and establish a voice in their community,” said Linda. “It’s important to stand out from the crowd by bringing out our authentic selves.”

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