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Stop Using These 10 Buzzwords on Your Resume

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You know what’s not “creative,” “effective,” or “innovative”? Using the words “creative,” “effective,” and “innovative” on your resume...

By analyzing the resumes of its 187 million members, LinkedIn has once again compiled a list of the most overused professional buzzwords. Just like 2011, this year’s most overused buzzword was “creative,” followed by “organizational” and “effective.”

Here’s the full list of this year's 10 most overused buzzwords on LinkedIn profiles in the United States:

  1. Creative
  2. Organizational
  3. Effective
  4. Motivated
  5. Extensive Experience
  6. Track Record
  7. Innovative
  8. Responsible  
  9. Analytical
  10. Problem Solving
Take a look at LinkedIn’s full analysis here. How do you make your resume stand out?

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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