Looking for a new job? Here are some words to avoid on your CV and LinkedIn profile

Stand out from the crowd this year

Looking for a new job? Here are some words to avoid on your CV and LinkedIn profile

Nowadays, it’s a job to get a job. Anyone who is currently job hunting will know you’ve got to wait for the right position to become available (which could take years).

And once you do find the right role for you, there’s the seemingly endless job application to fill out, and don't forget the Powerpoint presentation the potential employer has asked you to make.

And when you think you've done it all, of course, how could you forget, there's the CV to update.


But firstly, to get an interview – and potentially get the job – you need to stand out from the crowd with a killer covering letter and LinkedIn profile.

So, right on queue, the careers experts at LinkedIn have revealed the network’s most used words of 2016, creating a handy list of popular words to avoid if you want to come across unique and impress your prospective employer. 

Topping the list of the top 10 words used on LinkedIn profiles is ‘specialised’, which was used by half a million people last year.

This is followed by ‘leadership’ and ‘experienced’, with ‘passionate’ and ‘strategic’ coming in at fourth and fifth.

'Excellent' came up in sixth place, while 'focused', 'creative' and 'enthusiastic' followed. 

1. Specialised
2. Leadership
3. Experienced
4. Passionate
5. Strategic
6. Excellent
7. Focused
8. Creative
9. Enthusiastic
10. Successful

As LinkedIn’s Darain Faraz comments: "Don’t sell yourself short this year. Whatever your career goal, whether it’s getting a new job, building a better network or taking a step up the career ladder, make sure you stand out for the right reasons.

‘If you’re looking to grab someone’s attention, words which appear on hundreds of thousands of other profiles is not the way to do it.

"Historically, this is one of the busiest weeks in the year so far for members in the UK to spruce up their LinkedIn profiles, which means there’s some stiff competition to stand out."

Each year, the team at the business and employment-orientated social networking service LinkedIn put together a list of the most overused words from an analysis of their membership.

Last year the list revealed the most popular buzzword was ‘motivated,' - which as you can see is nowhere to be seen on this year’s list. 

If you're looking for more tips on how to nail your job interview, make sure you check out these 10 easily-avoidable mistakes to avoid