Avoid These Overused Buzzwords When Applying For A Job

Avoid These Overused Buzzwords When Applying For A Job

It’s easy to get lost in a sea of candidates when applying for a new job. One way to avoid this? Don’t bother using words that are so overused, they have become nearly meaningless.

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We’ve shown you some overused buzzwords before. But trends change with time, and LinkedIn has released a list of the most overused user profile phrases of 2014. Here’s what’s on the LinkedIn list, globally:

  1. Motivated
  2. Passionate
  3. Creative
  4. Driven
  5. Extensive experience
  6. Responsible
  7. Strategic
  8. Track record
  9. Organisational
  10. Expert

Especially if you’re applying for a job that requires outside the box thinking, you might want to stay away from these words on your resume and profile, and in job interviews.

Instead, LinkedIn recommends using specific examples. For example, rather than saying you’re motivated, you could say you helped launch a program in your last position. Basically, don’t tell; show.

The full article is worth checking out at the link below.

Brand YOU Year: How to Brand Yourself Without Sounding Like Everyone Else [LinkedIn Blog]


      • As long as I project my big data plans for the job, it shouldn’t.

        (Protip: “Let’s do lunch” is no longer a buzz word. People in the biz now say “Let’s gangbang dinner”. Trust me, I worked at BuzzCo, the largest manufacturer of buzz words and trendy go-nowhere phrases)

  • But I’m a motivated, passionate, creative, driven individual, with extensive experience in making responsible strategic decisions, and a proven track record in organisational change, highlighting that I truly am a product expert!

    What am I supposed to do now?!?!?!

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