LinkedIn Profile Overused Buzzwords – Also Found On Job Postings Near You

After analyzing data from the more than 85 million member profiles on their site, LinkedIn has released a listing of the Top 10 most overused words and phrases found in LinkedIn Profiles (in the US) and they are:

  1. Extensive Experience
  2. Innovative
  3. Motivated
  4. Results-oriented
  5. Dynamic
  6. Proven Track Record
  7. Team Player
  8. Fast-paced
  9. Problem-solver
  10. Entrepreneurial

If you’re a job seeker, it’s a great time of year to update your resume and online profiles, remove any overused words or phrases and get creative and original in marketing yourself and your experience.

If you’re a recruiter or employer, it’s time to stop playing Buzzword Bingo with your Job Descriptions, Job Postings and Career Site as well.

Check out this helpful white paper – Improving the Candidate Experience: Can You Put Yourself in Their Shoes? – from the folks at NAS Recruitment Communications to get some great ideas.

Or, take the less cerebral approach -> Improve Your Job Postings: Write For People Who Fart.

Let’s just make the process better.

President & Chief Talent Strategist

Jennifer McClure is a Keynote Speaker, Talent Strategies Expert and Executive Coach who works with clients and companies in the areas of leadership development, communication and talent strategy. Jennifer McClure offers keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and empower business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people.

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  2. Great post. I just heard a radio program about a study on letters of recommendation. The best words to use, according to the research done by Rice University, are assertive, independent, leader, decisive, confident and ambitious.

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  4. Hi

    I am unsure if ‘overused’ is the correct implied value to describe these terms. I would suggest that ANY term used on a resume without the appropriate evidence is ‘overused’.

    In fact, I think each of those ten terms are highly valuable to any organisation if the candidate can have 1 or 2 clear examples where the result was bottom line impact to the organisation.

    I think that the important message to take home for any organisation is the importance in having a clear recruitment model that aligns to a HR strategy that, in turn, is aligned to a business model/strategy. The recruitment processes should be agile enough that they respond to the changing business needs by sourcing suitable candidates based on a deep knowledge of the market place. Basing resume short-listing or candidate selection on ‘superficial’ statements is not enough.

    On the other side, for any Job Hunter; the message is to understand the businesses that they apply for – its values, culture, career opportunities. It is important for the job seeker to align to these core business elements in ‘selecting’ an organisation as much as the organisation will select them – for the benefit of tenure and job satisfaction.

    The challenges in the current market place emphasise the importance of effective recruitment practices. The challenges in recruitment practices emphasise the importance of identifying, developing and retaining ones internal talent.

    • Thanks for adding your thoughts to this post Leon. I agree with you that both sides of the job search/hiring equation have some responsibilities beyond just post and pray or apply and hope. The best approach is to do research (both parties) and ensure the best fit possible.

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