10 Words to Avoid When Applying for a New Job

LinkedIn reveals the most overused words on CVs.

The networking website LinkedIn has shared the country’s most overused words when it comes to professional self-promotion.

The list shows the 10 worst offenders over the past 12 months, terms that should be avoided if you want to stand out among the site’s members.

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“Specialised” takes first place, followed by “leadership” and “experienced”. LinkedIn has consequently partnered with the biographer Christopher Sandford – who is well versed in articulating the achievements of others – to offer advice on how to best sell yourself.

“The language we use says a lot about us, so it’s important to choose your words carefully, especially in a professional context,” says Sandford. “Too often we hide behind buzzwords which don’t mean anything, whether out of a desire to keep things simple, or because we don’t feel confident talking about our work accomplishments.”

He said that if you are going to use a certain word, then make sure you back it up with an example that compounds your point. He also advised starting with a punchy opener to ensure you stand out.

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If you’re in the process of updating your LinkedIn profile, steer clear of the following:

1. Specialised

2. Leadership

3. Experienced

4. Passionate

5. Strategic

6. Excellent

7. Focused

8. Creative

9. Enthusiastic

10. Successful


This piece first appeared in Cosmopolitan.com/uk. 

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