10 words you should never use on LinkedIn

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10 words your should never use on LinkedIn

Being one of the main hiring principles at my agency, I see many resumes, and one of the main areas of questions I get asked by recent graduates is about their resumes. How can they make them stand out? What are employers looking for?  My current boss is a whiz at reading resumes -- and I don't mean reading as in reading a book, but rather like reading people.  Especially for entry level positions, he's not so concerned about the actual words, but whether or not the experience the potential candidate has garnered is in line with the kind of person who is going to be dedicated and willing to put in the hard work that's needed for junior positions.

However, applicants will try to use the words they think will have the most impact and improve their chances to attain that all important foot-in-the-door. For the past few years, LinkedIn reports on the most overused buzzwords from over 135 million business profiles from their social platform. The most overused word in 2010 was "extensive experience," but it dropped to fourth place last year behind "creative," "organizational," and "effective."

10 words your should never use on LinkedIn
The following is a list of ten words and phrases that could probably be left off most resumes that no one in the digital marketing industry would miss.



Jennifer Mutchnik
Jennifer Mutchnik March 22, 2012 at 6:18 PM

So where do I submit my LinkedIn profile for your stamp of approval?

Deborah Kania
Deborah Kania March 22, 2012 at 4:24 PM

funny...and good advice. soooooo, this make me wonder...what words should we be using in our Linkedin profile?

Miles Austin
Miles Austin March 22, 2012 at 4:06 PM

I would like to add "RockStar" to the list and put it right at the top.

Chris Bernard
Chris Bernard March 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Friends, coworkers, partners and clients...bring out the duct tape! I use 30% of these every week on LinkedIn #in.

Nick Stamoulis
Nick Stamoulis March 22, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I've never been a fan of the word guru. I do think that people can call themselves experts (provided they have the years of experience to back it up), but I feel like there can only be one "guru" in an industry (if there can be one at all) and it's probably not you.