Hot for a minute, certain buzzwords might’ve sounded great when you wrote your resume, cover letter or LinkedIn profile, but these trendy terms have a notably short shelf life. Many of these words and phrases weaved into your content last year have already gone stale.

By this point, recruiters have reviewed an abundance of applications plastered with these words and they’ve had it. Clearly, candidates still using them aren’t scoring any points for originality, because they’re all saying the same thing. If you want to capture the reader’s attention, you need to present yourself as professional with something unique to offer.

10 Seriously Overused Buzzwords

According to a 2017 LinkedIn analysis, these 10 buzzwords are officially out of style. If they’re used to boost your candidacy in any way, it’s time to find a replacement.

  1. Specialized
  2. Leadership
  3. Passionate
  4. Strategic
  5. Experienced
  6. Focused
  7. Expert
  8. Certified
  9. Creative
  10. Excellent

How to Swap a Buzzword

Replacing last year’s buzzwords with this year’s variety is the easy solution, but by far not the best. Not only will you be back to this same spot in a few months’ time, you’ll also be blending in with all the other candidates using the same words and phrases to land the same jobs.

The best way to swap out a buzzword is to replace the trendy term with text unique to you. Use your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile to tell your story your own way. Popular keywords and phrases are notoriously shallow, but your words have depth. Hiring managers are more impressed by candidates who are their own person, than those trying to hide behind a buzzword made popular by someone else.

Removing buzzwords might require a full content rewrite, but it’s worth the time and effort. When finished, you’ll have powerful text that showcases the real you, which can’t be duplicated by anyone else.

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