Searching for a new job can be a frustrating and exhausting process. But it’s tough for the recruiters trying to fill job openings, too. They scan hundreds of LinkedIn profiles looking for the ideal candidate, but what makes one stand out from the sea of other resumes, aside from being qualified? A study done by the career network shows that choice of wording makes a big difference.
LinkedIn searched its database of profiles looking for buzzwords that show up most frequently. And the sites career expert Blair Decembrele explains that to stand out from the crowd, swapping those overused words can help you “tell your own individual story.”
To avoid résumé clichés, get rid of these worn-out buzzwords ASAP:
- Specialized - Go with “tailored” or “niche” instead.
- Experienced - Instead list past roles or years in the industry.
- Leadership - Mention specifics, like your mentoring skills.
- Skilled - This word isn’t necessary if your profile explains your skills
- Passionate - Go with “enthusiastic” or “avid” instead.
Source: My Domaine