Are You “Results-Oriented”? Don’t Be…

Have you read any LinkedIn profiles lately? I have, and I’m astonished by how many people are “results-oriented.”

I mean, it’s the very first phrase on about 83.2% of all LinkedIn summaries. I made that number up. Because I’m results-oriented, and needed a statistic quickly.

What does that phrase even mean? That when you do your work, something actually happens? Isn’t that kind of on the level of, you know – breathing?

Employ me and I’ll produce something or other. WHAT A GREAT HIRE!!!

Here’s its opposite: Hire me for this role and I’ll do nothing. There will be no effect, no output, no ROI. Kind of like Wally in Dilbert cartoons.

Huh – well, I guess we’d rather have someone that, at very least, does something – so, let’s screen for potential hires that are “results-oriented”!

(I can just see the HR managers now, sifting through hundreds of resumes…”hey, Brenda!! Look – this guy is results-oriented!!! Call him in for an interview…!!!”)


Bottom-line: “results-oriented” is an obvious, vague, feel-good, throwaway term. And since everybody else uses it, how does such a description distinguish you?

When something is a meaningless commodity term, like “results-oriented,” get rid of it. It says nothing, it impresses no-one. And it won’t result in anything but making you sound like some corporate clone.


Trying to find clear words to describe yourself? Get Business Clarity. And, subscribe to the weekly Clarity Blend e-newsletter here.

Speak Your Mind