The LinkedIn Corp. website sign-in page is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPad Air in an arranged photograph in Hong Kong, China, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. LinkedIn is establishing a Chinese-language website that will restrict some content to adhere to state censorship rules, moving to expand in a country where U.S. technology companies have clashed with the government. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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By Entrepreneur
January 21, 2015

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By Laura Entis,

How do you describe yourself on LinkedIn? Are you ‘motivated’? ‘Passionate’? How about ‘creative’?

You may truly be all these things, but if you list them on your LinkedIn profile you certainly aren’t original. That’s because for the fifth consecutive year, LinkedIn has analyzed its English-language profiles and released a list of the top 10 overused buzzwords : ‘Motivated,’ ‘passionate’ and, somewhat ironically, ‘creative’ top the list.

Other overused offenders include stock resume adjectives such as ‘driven,’ ‘responsible’ and ‘expert,’ along with jargon-y fillers, including ‘extensive experience’ ‘organizational’ and ‘track record.’

Check out the full list, both in the U.S. and globally, below.

Top 10 Most Overused Buzzwords – 2014 US List

1. Motivated

2. Creative

3. Passionate

4. Driven

5. Extensive experience

6. Organizational

7. Strategic

8. Track record

9. Responsible

10. Problem solving

Top 10 Most Overused Buzzwords – 2014 Global List

1. Expert

2. Motivated

3. Passionate

4. Creative

5. Driven

6. Extensive experience

7. Responsible

8. Strategic

9. Track record

10. Organizational


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