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You’re probably using one of these “buzzwords” on your LinkedIn profile, but is that a good thing?

While there are already a bunch of super annoying phrases that people use at work, LinkedIn recently released the 2018 list of “buzzwords” that people use the most in their profiles.


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Taking this into account, we know that buzzwords can be a no-go for a variety of reasons, but is there ever an upside to using them? It might just work both ways.

America used these “buzzwords” the most on LinkedIn in 2018

LinkedIn’s latest data on this topic might look familiar to you — here’s their list.

1.) Specialized
2.) Experienced
3.) Leadership
4.) Skilled
5.) Passionate
6.) Expert
7.) Motivated
8.) Creative
9.) Strategic
10.) Successful

Buzzwords can be super generic

As you can see, the words on LinkedIn’s newest list are generic at best. Cleverism provides an explanation for why you want to leave terms like this off your resume.

You do not want to opt for generic terms in a resume. Your resume shouldn’t be a collection of achievements and attributes that make you a great average worker. Your resume is your chance to show why you are different and why you would add more value to the team. You need to use words that make you stand out from the crowd not make you just another part of it.

As mentioned earlier, a term like ‘creative’ doesn’t reveal anything specific about you or what you do. It’s good to be a creative person but the word itself won’t give any insight into your accomplishment or your personality. It’s just a generic term to describe your style.”

The post goes on to list and explain words on LinkedIn’s 2017 buzzwords list.

Other words and phrases to back away from

Don’t even think about these:

  • “Rockstar/Ninja”
    Anneke Jong, COO at Rockets of Awesomewrites in The Muse about why you shouldn’t use these words:“Whether you’re sitting in on an annual performance review at a consulting firm or talking to a hiring manager at a tech company, you’ll hear these absurd non-titles everywhere. But unless your co-worker has actually toured with Mötley Crüe or wields nunchucks at the office, there is no reason to call her a rock star or a ninja. Also to be avoided: guru, wizard, and god. If someone has excelled professionally, praise her for what she’s actually done—don’t rely on cutesy hyperbole.”
  • “Pivot”
    Seriously? This one has gotten old by now. Darrah Brustein, founder of Network Under 40, told Mashable about why you should stop using this word:“Pivot has become the glamorous way of saying that you changed something that wasn’t working. Call it what it is. Admit that you made a mistake or a subpar product/service and that you found a way to adjust it. I have much more respect for calling it like it is than trying to put a pretty bow on something to try and save face,” she said.

Here’s one positive reason to use buzzwords in an interview

Career coach Hallie Crawford told Glassdoor about why it’s good to use certain ones at this time.

“In a job interview, hiring managers are alert to certain words and phrases that convey knowledge of the position, confidence, and that a person would be a good fit for the company,” she said.

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