10 Overused Buzzwords You Should Wipe From Your Résumé in 2017

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Everything in moderation, right? When a certain word gets used too much, it becomes a “buzzword” and effectively loses its meaning.

Every year LinkedIn looks at which buzzwords face the most abuse online so we know which ones to avoid when crafting our own profiles online.

Here are the current 10 most overused buzzwords:

  1. Specialized
  2. Leadership
  3. Passionate
  4. Strategic
  5. Experienced
  6. Focused
  7. Expert
  8. Certified
  9. Creative
  10. Excellent

It’s easy to fall into the trap of leaning on buzzwords to sound professional. You see other people using the words, they roll off the tongue—but is it really the most accurate word for the message you are trying to convey? Unless your message is “I am a purveyor of buzzwords,” dig into that thesaurus and think deeply about your specific, unique skill set.

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