LinkedIn’s list of “buzzwords” most overused by jobseekers has been released today, coinciding with the beginning of the January job hunt.

According to a study of the social media network’s 17 million UK members, 21st January is typically the busiest day for New Year career development, when there is a peak in professionals updating their LinkedIn profiles post-Christmas.

LinkedIn spokesperson Richard George commented:

“This January peak in career development activity is great news for organisations looking to increase headcount in 2015 – but it’s important that companies read between the lines and know which words to treat with a pinch of salt when they look to hire.”

To help organsations recruit the best talent, LinkedIn has compiled a list of the ten most overused “buzzwords” on LinkedIn profiles in 2014 – potentially meaningless words and phrases that companies should be most aware of:

  1. Motivated
  2. Creative
  3. Enthusiastic
  4. Passionate
  5. Track record
  6. Driven
  7. Extensive experience
  8. Wide range
  9. Responsible
  10. Strategic





Steff joined the HRreview editorial team in November 2014. A former event coordinator and manager, Steff has spent several years working in online journalism. She is a graduate of Middlessex University with a BA in Television Production and will complete a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Westminster in the summer of 2015.