Nothing’s worse than suffering through a monologue as someone tries to sound smart or creative. You can usually pick up on it right away — their words are cherry-picked from a thesaurus. What’s more, their manner of speaking is well-rehearsed, and it may include some canned one-liners designed to evoke a reaction. Yes, you can play along with them, but unless they’re a natural storyteller or they possess some kind of charisma, you’ll soon lose interest.
Now picture a hiring manager who has to suffer through reading similar glop on resume after resume. With their patience wearing thin, you can see why they would toss the offending document aside in favor of the next one — especially if it’s full of buzzwords and one-liners.
In that sense, all that hard work of carefully crafting your resume was for not. We’ve been told we should research and curate our resumes to specific job postings. That includes the use of specific jargon or buzzwords. But if we overdo it? It’ll backfire.
What buzzwords and phrases should you avoid then? LinkedIn has released its annual list, and it includes 10 words that we bet we’d find on your resume and/or social media profiles right now.
According to LinkedIn and writer Christopher Sandford, we rely on cheap buzzwords for four main reasons: Ease, association, appearances, and, perhaps most unsurprisingly, because everybody else does it. “While it may be convenient or seem smart to use buzzwords when talking about ourselves, your professional achievements are better than generic buzzwords,” the LinkedIn brief said.
Here are 2017’s most overused buzzwords that you should purge from your resume and profiles immediately. How many do you use?