Overused words on LinkedIn include ‘motivated,’ ‘team player’ and ‘problem solver’


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Are you a motivated and dynamic problem solver and team player with extensive experience? According to LinkedIn, you’re on the wrong track.

The business-focused social networking site said Tuesday that those terms are among the 10 most overused on the site’s more than 85 million profiles.


Other Hall of Famers: “innovative,” “results-oriented,” “proven track record,” fast-paced” and “entrepreneurial.”

So what’s the harm in pumping up a good resume? Employment experts explain that cliched words seem empty to recruiters and hiring managers, who instead look for hard numbers and specific anecdotes to illustrate a potential worker’s prowess.

LinkedIn recommends snaring future employers by juicing up the profile itself. Adding past positions instead of posting only a current job results in 12 times more views, according to the site. A photo also makes the profile more memorable.

And customizing the URL attached to the profile helps the resume appear higher on Google search results, according to the Mountain View, Calif.-based website.


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