A friend of mine forwarded me this article by Jane Wells, a CNBC Correspondent, and I thought it would be a great topic for today’s post! A lot of us are probably apart of LinkedIn. For those that don’t know what LinkedIn is, it’s one of the largest professional social networking sites. It’s great for contacting with those professionals that are in your industry. Today, LinkedIn released the top 10 overused buzzwords that are used in over 85 million registered users profiles. Check it out! It sure made me re-think the type of lingo that I use on my resume and in interviews.
Most overused buzz words according to CNBC:
- Extensive experience (But it’s so alliterative!)
- Innovative (Jonas Salk was innovative, not you)
- Motivated (If you have to tell someone you’re motivated…)
- Results-oriented (i.e., you consider the means to those ends…ahem…”flexible”.)
- Dynamic (Let me be the judge of that.)
- Proven track record (Use this AND “extensive experience” in the same profile, and I will hunt you down.)
- Team player (Which means you’re not.)
- Fast-paced (If that includes talking fast, pass.)
- Problem solver (Are you suggesting my company has a problem that needs solving?)
- Entrepreneurial (Rube Goldberg was also entrepreneurial…)
This article is great. And really makes you re-think the true meaning of the words you’re using. So, think twice before you slap those famous words on your resume. Chances are, employers have heard them time and time again-or have maybe even read this article!
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