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by Vault Careers | December 16, 2010


Quick! Think of three adjectives to describe yourself to a potential employer. Now consider the following possibility: what are the chances that everyone else in the same field as you used one or more of the same words when describing themselves?

Here's the second part of the test: how many of your words are on the following list?

  1. Extensive experience
  2. Innovative
  3. Motivated
  4. Results-oriented
  5. Dynamic
  6. Proven track record
  7. Team player
  8. Fast-paced
  9. Problem solver
  10. Entrepreneurial

Resist the temptation to pat yourself on the back if you found one or more of your terms above—the list was put together by LinkedIn's analytics team, and represents the most overused buzzwords in LinkedIn profiles in 2010.

Bottom line: employers care more about what you can do than who you are. So ditch the empty buzzwords and use your resume or LinkedIn profile to show specific examples of what you've done.

Before you rush off and do that, take a few seconds to let us know what other words you think should be on the list—and which, if any, of the above you think are acceptable.

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LinkedIn:  Did you use one of these 10 most overused buzzwords in your LinkedIn profile this year?

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--Phil Stott,


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