Business, Marketing

What’s in an adjective? LinkedIn’s 10 most overused buzzwords

Financial Post

We’re less motivated than Americans, but at least we’re more passionate.

Or at least that’s how we bill ourselves. Each year, LinkedIn compiles a list of what word-fluff we’re using to pad our resumes. Here’s the latest roundup of the 10 most overused buzzwords to grace the professional networking site’s 10-million Canadian and 332-million global profiles.

LinkedIn’s most overused buzzwords of 2014

Canada

Passionate
Motivated
Creative
Driven
Extensive experience
Organizational
Strategic
Problem solving
Analytical
Communications skills

United States

Motivated
Creative
Passionate
Driven
Extensive experience
Organizational
Strategic
Track record
Responsible
Problem solving

Worldwide

Motivated
Passionate
Creative
Driven
Extensive experience
Responsible
Strategic
Track record
Organizational
Expert

“Sure,” you might be thinking, “they’re popular words. But what’s so wrong with being an analytical problem solver with extensive experience and communications skills? I mean, what employer wouldn’t want to hire somebody who’s passionately motivated to drive strategic and organizational creativity?”

In other words, as Juliet lamented (I’m paraphrasing here): What’s in…

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Business, Freelancing, Marketing

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The Five Deadly Personal-Branding Illusions | LinkedIn.