ARE you passionate? Motivated? Strategic? These are the 10 most overused words you have to drop from your vocabulary.
Professional network LinkedIn has released its list of the Australia’s 10 most overused buzzwords, with “passionate” once again topping the list.
“Motivated” has taken second place again, followed by “leadership”, which has edged out “extensive experience” for third place this year.
LinkedIn analysed the profiles of members in Australia to determine the words and phrases most commonly used by professionals to describe themselves.
Compared globally, Australians use the majority of the same buzzwords with the exception of “track record”, which places ninth on the Australian list but does not appear in the global top 10.
The top 10 buzzwords in Australia for 2016 are:
4. Extensive experience
9. Track record
LinkedIn’s Shiva Kumar said members should steer away from cliches and show — not tell — their achievements.
“In our everyday conversations we would naturally stray away from using buzzwords to describe ourselves, so why do it on your LinkedIn profile?” he said.
“We’re encouraging our members to steer away from cliches and show off achievements on their LinkedIn profile through photos, presentations and other work to demonstrate how they are ‘passionate’, ‘successful’ or ‘creative’ rather than use tired old buzzwords.”