Many companies are now looking for potential employees on social networking sites. But they may skip over profiles that contain these 10 overused words and phrases.
LinkedIn researchers recently compiled a list of the buzzwords that appear most often in users’ profiles on the social networking site:
- Extensive experience
- Track record
- Problem solving
- Communication skills
With competition tight for most jobs, researchers point out it’s more important than ever for job seekers to stand out from the online pack. One way they can do that is to stop using those words and phrases and replace them with terms that better highlight their unique skills and experience.
For folks currently looking for a new job, LinkedIn researchers and social media recruiting experts recommend:
- Use examples – For instance, instead of calling yourself creative, list an example of the most creative thing you’ve done professionally.
- Showcase specific skills – Listing specific skills instead of general adjectives will increase the odds of a profile turning up in search results. LinkedIn maintains a list of skills organizations are searching most often for now.
- Avoid meaningless words – Some of those buzzwords aren’t just overused, they also don’t really say anything at all. A tip to avoid those: Ask yourself if the opposite word is something you’d ever use. For example, no sane job seeker would claim to be “unmotivated,” so “motivated” doesn’t need to be said.