10 Overused Buzzwords That Can Kill an Otherwise Impressive Resume

Last Updated Dec 14, 2010 11:58 AM EST


Do you have "extensive experience"? Are you "fast-paced" and "results-oriented"? These are good qualities, to be sure, but they're also examples of the kinds of overused buzzwords that can make potential employers cringe.

That's according to LinkedIn blogger Manu Sharma (who might benefit from reading my recent post on bad profile photos). He just rounded up the year's 10 most overused profile buzzwords. Granted, a LinkedIn profile isn't exactly the same as your resume -- or is it? I think the lesson carries over.

While you mull that over, here are the 10 offenders:

  1. Extensive experience
  2. Innovative
  3. Motivated
  4. Results-oriented
  5. Dynamic
  6. Proven track record
  7. Team player
  8. Fast-paced
  9. Problem solver
  10. Entrepreneurial
Now take a look at your profile and/or resume. See any of these words? Replace them. Instead of saying you have a "proven track record," for example, prove your track record: provide examples of what you've accomplished. Wash, rinse, repeat with the other buzzwords.

I haven't updated (or, indeed, used) my resume in a while, but I'm proud to say it's free of all 10 of these. Can you say the same? (Be honest!) [via Lifehacker]

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