Did You Short-Circuit Your LinkedIn Profile With Overused Words?

So your LinkedIn profile's all suited up and ready for a job search - with plenty of information for employers to view, all in an effort to get that ultimate seal of approval under the 100% profile Completeness display. But wait - it's still possible your LinkedIn profile will deflate your job search efforts, especially if you populated it with some of these terms in LinkedIn's 10 most overused buzzwords list. Ironically, this is the same suite of fluff words that should be used either sparingly or not at all in your resume! In fact, the more cliches readers encounter, the less they can see the ROI in your background and the faster they'll move on. As an example, you could replace proven track record with:


I deliver an average 34% revenue increase in Sales Executive roles by identifying and leveraging market trends.

Extensive experience could be stated as:

Global manufacturing leadership as VP Operations that created a 30% annual rise in productivity.

(Note the SEO built into each example.) It's the same principle that applies to your resume - don't show, TELL. And given LinkedIn's character limitations, the faster you tell, the harder your profile will work for your job search. Photo credit: Shutterstock

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