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Are you Guilty of Using Clichés on LinkedIn?

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:

  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

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

Here goes:

  1. Extensive experience:  I’ve worked more years than I can count.
  2. Innovative: I tried something new once and it worked.
  3. Motivated: I always hustle because I need the paycheck.
  4. Results-oriented. I finished the assignment.
  5. Dynamic. I talk to everyone I meet.
  6. Proven track record. I was never fired from a job.
  7. Team player. I don’t like to be alone.
  8. Fast-paced. I always rush to be first on line at the movies.
  9. Problem solver. If I wait long enough the problem will go away.
  10. 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.