When looking for a job, you should always try to stand out from the crowd. But, that's easier said than done. That's why LinkedIn has offered some help to all the job hunters using its social network by releasing its annual list of most overused buzzwords.
For five years now, LinkedIn has created a top 10 list of the most overused buzzwords. It looks through all of the English-language profiles on its site to see which generic terms people are using most.
When you're creating a resume or LinkedIn profile, it's easy to fall into the trap and use a vague word like "motivated," but what does that really say about you? Just about everyone applying for the same job would probably say they're motivated, too, so you want to use more descriptive and unique terms that will set you apart.
The words that fill out LinkedIn's list aren't all that surprising. They're all the generic buzzwords that every hiring manager and HR department has probably seen a million times.
In the U.S, the top 10 most overused buzzwords are motivated, creative, passionate, driven, extensive experience, organizational, strategic, track record, responsible and problem solving.
LinkedIn also generated a list of the most overused buzzwords globally and many of them are the same. They are expert, motivated, passionate, creative, driven, extensive experience, responsible, strategic, track record and organizational.