The most overused words in Canadian resumes
LinkedIn has released a new list of the most “overused” buzzwords in profiles on the site.
The professional networking site has also released a list of overused words in Canadian resumes, according to the Globe and Mail, which differs slightly from the worldwide list. Canadians are accused of most overusing the word “passionate,” followed by “motivated” and “creative.” The world at large is overly “motivated,” followed by “passionate” and “creative.” Are you following? Good.
According to the LinkedIn blog, these are the worst “offenders.” They are “the words that make you go ‘meh’ – the most overused, underwhelming buzzwords and phrases in LinkedIn profiles of 2014 across the world.” So, they’re pretty terrible, it seems. Without further ado, here is the list:
LinkedIn’s top 10 overused resume words worldwide:
Now, here’s the list of overused words in Canadian resumes:
Here’s the thing, though: I wouldn’t necessarily remove all those words from your profile, even if the people at LinkedIn seem to be suggesting that you do so.
Problem solving, analytics, and communication skills are among the most sought after skills by Canadian employers. While we might tell you it’s also a good idea to describe ways in which you showcase these skills, rather than simply saying you have them, employers might still search specifically for these keywords. I would suggest you keep them.
That being said, it’s a good idea to avoid clichés and meaningless buzzwords. Use your judgment. Do you think employers are thinking “Hey, look! That guy’s profile says he’s passionate, strategic and driven! That’s exactly what I’m looking for! My prayers have been answered!” (The correct answer to that is “no,” by the way.)
Also, passionate? Really? Don’t put “passionate” in your resume? It sounds like the back cover of a bodice ripper.
A couple of the LinkedIn buzzwords overlap with our own list of overused words and phrases in Canadian resumes, culled from our own data last year. That list actually contains ten words and phrases you really should avoid. Here it is:
- Resume / C.V. / Curriculum Vitae
References available upon request
Don’t say “resume” in your resume. They’ll figure out what it is they’re looking at. Also, of course your references are available upon request. You can’t get a job without them. No need to spell it out. And, instead of saying you “worked,” or that your “duties included,” use action words that demonstrate your accomplishments, of which there are of course many, because you are so passionate.
Now, kiss me, you fool.