Now think about describing yourself to a possible employer. Just to consider one possible self-description, there are employers who look for “bubbly” employees. So I’m not going to advise you to avoid describing yourself that way in the first instance—or most others.
What I would say though is that most of us are wary of the self-descriptions of others. If someone tells you that she is invariably cheerful, and sympathetic to the needs of others where do your thoughts go? Most of us may be unwilling to believe the worst about this individual but we do start to think about the accuracy of this particular aspect of the person’s self-assessment. Likewise, employers are wary of applicant’s self-descriptions in resumés, blogs, networking cards and job interviews.
It’s usually a lot better to demonstrate your characteristics to an employer than to simply claim them.
With this in mind, here’s a very practical exercise. Select one of the traits that you honestly believe is characteristic of you, name it or describe it and then describe two recent circumstances in which you have demonstrated this characteristic. If you really are bubbly then it should be easy to find times when you have been bubbly in the past day or two, right? What happened? For more points, how did your bubbliness enhance the lives of those around you?
I’d love to read what you create in the comments to this posting! (You don't have to be bubbly either, right? You could be earnest, reliable, honest, trusting, empathetic, smart, smiling, musical, mechanical, driven, stern, gracious, graceful, ..., etc .)