Overused = Underwhelming

At this point, even the word “buzzword” is a buzzword. Unfortunately, the post-graduation job hunt is increasingly competitive, which explains the sharp influx of LinkedIn users in recent years.

With more and more users, it is not surprising that hopeful professionals do their best to set themselves apart in the eyes of companies, recruiters, and hiring managers from other equally qualified potential candidates.

With everybody is attempting to set themselves apart, it is easy to understand why certain “buzzword” have lost their punch, so to speak. In fact, the LinkedIn Official Blog released their list of top 10 global buzzwords in the following order:

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

Though these words seem to be an effective way to describe yourself as a professional, overuse has led to underwhelming impact. Let’s talk about a few ways to sidestep these buzzwords, while still effectively communicating your best assets as a candidate.

First, just as you should include on a successful resume, it is critical to begin describing your experience with strong active verbs. Keeping the buzzword blacklist in mind, try words like “spearheaded” or “capitalized.”

Additionally, the descriptions you give do not solely rely on their verbiage. For example, you can show the reader that you are organized, as opposed to simply saying that you are by presenting a logically flowing, well thought out anecdote that accentuates the trait that you wish to highlight.

The content that you publish to your LinkedIn profile is the sole source from which recruiters and hiring manager can draw an impression from you. Without the benefit of a face to face interaction that gives you the opportunity to be congenial and professional, it is more important than ever to put your best foot, and word choice, forward.

Because communications professionals concern themselves with words and careful message construction, it is crucial to produce an account with content you can be proud of, free of buzzwords.


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