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Creative. Effective. Motivated. While you may think that you’re using words on your resume that will appeal to hiring managers, some words can actually turn them off. On Tuesday, LinkedIn released the top 10 words that job seekers overuse in resumes and job applications. Here's the list:
• Extensive experience
• Track record
• Problem solving
• Communication skills
If you’re wondering how LinkedIn came up with this list, its data scientists examined millions of profiles to find out which words professionals used the most in 2011. Surprisingly, some of the words are different from what LinkedIn found to be thebad buzzwords in 2010, thanks to the skyrocketing growth of the professional networking site. A year ago, there were 85 million users. Now, there are 135 million users from around the world, so naturally that list of buzzwords has changed.
What’s interesting is that the buzzwords vary, depending on the country. The word “creative” was overused in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. “Effective” was used by too many job hunters in India. And Italians, it seems, are fantastic at “problem solving.”
If I’m Not Creative ... What Am I?
I hope seeing this list doesn’t kill your holiday buzz. If you’re using these words as a selling point to potential employers, spend some time this month finding better, more descriptive words that pinpoint your talents.
“Competition for opportunities can be fierce, so craft your LinkedIn profile and resume to stand out from the professional pack,” says Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s connection director and best-selling author of the book, Girl on Top. “Even though this year’s list of overused terms differs from last year’s, your objectives remain the same: Banish buzzwords from your profile. Use language that illustrates your unique professional accomplishments and experiences. Give concrete examples of results you’ve...