Keep these overused buzzwords off your LinkedIn profile
Do you describe yourself as a responsible individual who is creative and driven?
You’re not alone. In fact, millions of others use the same exact words on their LinkedIn profiles, according to the social networking site’s annual list of overused buzzwords.
The most overused word of 2013 was “responsible,” which was used two times more than the number two buzzword, “strategic.”
Some keywords new to this year’s list are “patient” and “expert.” Last year’s most popular word was “creative,” which ranked at number three this year.
When trying to impress a potential employer, it’s all about standing out. While you may think using these words on your resume or online profile can help your chances at landing a job, it’s actually making it worse.
LinkedIn suggests staying away from these words, and instead provide examples of how you have been successful.
“Differentiate yourself by uniquely describing what you have accomplished in your career and back it up with concrete examples of your work by adding photos, videos and presentations to your profile that demonstrate your best work,” LinkedIn’s career expert Nicole Williams said in a statement.
When considering words to use, one of the easiest things you can do is consider the antonym. If the opposite of the word is negative, such as irresponsible or impatient, don’t use it. Bosses will most likely assume you have that skill already.
This was LinkedIn’s fourth consecutive year of crafting the list, which analyzed its 259 million English-language profiles from around the world.
Here’s the full list: