Whew! I came close to having one of the most overused words on my LinkedIn profile. A recent LinkedIn blog suggested a “spring cleaning.” Spruce up your key words, feature a new photo, add a few apps. But the one I glommed on to was to avoid the most overused terms, or clichés, as determined by LinkedIn’s research.
In the United States, these are:
- Extensive experience
- Proven track record
- Team player
- Problem solver
How often have you used these terms in your resume or a pitch to a new client? I have over the years, I’m sorry to say. The thing is most of us really do think of ourselves in these terms. I am entrepreneurial – after all, I have my own business. I’m also a team player (although you’d probably have to ask others about that). So I decided to see if I could come up with some substitutes for these words that would carry the same punch.
My List of Underused Terms
- Extensive experience: I’ve worked more years than I can count.
- Innovative: I tried something new once and it worked.
- Motivated: I always hustle because I need the paycheck.
- Results-oriented. I finished the assignment.
- Dynamic. I talk to everyone I meet.
- Proven track record. I was never fired from a job.
- Team player. I don’t like to be alone.
- Fast-paced. I always rush to be first on line at the movies.
- Problem solver. If I wait long enough the problem will go away.
- Entrepreneurial. I couldn’t find a job, so I started my own business.
OK, I just felt like having a little fun.
I wanted to write something for April Fool’s Day but I’m a little late, which defies the statement that I’m fast-paced. Oh, in case you’re wondering about the near miss in my profile, I use “deep experience.” Guess I better go find a substitute.