10 LinkedIn Buzzwords To Avoid Using

These days there is a plethora of ways for employers and candidates to find one another. With the job market becoming ever more competitive it is not enough to simply send off a CV showcasing your skills and experience. Employers will look you up online and if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you may be falling at the first hurdle. LinkedIn, for those of you still stuck in the dark ages, is like Facebook, only for your professional life rather than your social life. You can link with old work colleagues without worrying that they might see photos of you drunk. They can write shining reviews about how wonderful you were to work with, and prospective employers can gain a better idea of what you are like as a person than a CV alone offers. Sadly, the same problems that many employers lament about peoples CVs still exist on LinkedIn. The same boring LinkedIn buzzwords are being used with no real benefit to either the job-seeker or the employer. Below is a list of the words and phrases guaranteed to convince prospective employers that you are completely unimaginative.


10. “Responsible For…”

Reading this term, the recruiter will picture the completely average, uninspired employee robotically completing their job requirements with no individuality or flair, the same way they filled in their LinkedIn profile. Responsibility for something isn’t something you achieved -- it’s something that happened to you. You could’ve just as easily have been responsible for a £2 billion rise in profits as a nuclear meltdown. It doesn’t indicate success or failure. Change passive phrases into decisive, active verbs like “led” or “efficiently managed”.

9. “Hardworking”

Anyone can call themselves a hard worker. It’s much more convincing if you provide examples of your hard work in previous jobs, and how your hard work benefited the employer. Show – don’t tell.

8. “Goal-oriented”

This is vague and bland. You are not a football player. And if you were, your manager would assume that you were goal orientated. This goes without saying.

7. “Experience Working In…”

Experience is another passive word – experience happens to everyone, every day. Showcase your experiences through examples.

6. “Team Player”

There are very few jobs that don’t involve working as a group in some tasks. If you have a success story about a successful team collaboration you took part in, write about it instead of simply stating the obvious. Explain how you contributed to the teams’ success.

5. “Problem-solving Skills”

You know who else has problem-solving skills? Dogs. Chickens. Ants. Stick to skills that require a human.

4. “Attention To Detail”

Everyone pays attention to detail. What sets you apart from them?

3. “Effective”

Effective is a very subjective word, a lot of people interpret it to mean mediocre or average. Being effective at your job is a basic requirement. If that is something you feel deserves attention it may imply to potential employers that you are lacking in other, more impressive skills.

2. “Perfectionist”

This word is a nice way to say you are difficult, high maintenance or nit-picking. Basically a nightmare to work with.

1. "Creative”

Are you a "creative" and "hard working" job applicant? You're also "predictable," like the myriad of other applicants out there who splash “inspirational” buzzwords throughout their CV, LinkedIn and job applications in order to seem “inventive.” LinkedIn releases an annual list of the most overused buzzwords on their profiles, and guess what? "Creative" has achieved the honor of first place for the last two years. By using the word creative, you are ironically proving your lack of creativity. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

All work and no play can create a tense and unwelcoming environment. Studies have shown that employers that offer additional perks have employees that are happier and more loyal to their place of employment. If you are looking for an employer that acknowledges how important it is to give its employees a place to de-stress and bond with their co-workers, check out these companies!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if you worked for an owner who micro-manages you my watching you work on camera and reading through your company emails.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Diane submitted. She has recently worked with a co-worker on a group project. When it came time to present the project at a meeting, Diane let her co-worker present. While it went great, the co-worker proceed to take credit for nearly all of Diane's work. Frustrating to say the least!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Cam submitted. He's been working at a job for awhile, but recently overheard a hiring manager making fun of a candidate with autism right after an interview-not only awkward, but VERY unprofessional!

SHOW MORE Show less

In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

SHOW MORE Show less