It seems buzz words and which ones to use or avoid are becoming the most important aspects to finding jobs online. With LinkedIn now becoming a top source for networking and finding employment, you seem to be finding conflicting information about what buzz words are supposedly poison when employers look at your online resume. Even LinkedIn posted an article from Business Insider last year that told job seekers to stop using overly conventional buzz words like “creative” and “innovative.”
But you can work around that by simply using other explanations to mean the same thing.
The Way to Convey Your Creativity
Without using the word “creative” outright on your resume, consider citing an example where you came up with a creative solution to a major problem when you worked elsewhere. Employers are frequently impressed with descriptions of what you did before as long as you can back it up with references. It paints a visual picture to the employer that shows you’re creative without the word even being used.
Showing Your Sense of Innovation
It’s easy to say you’re innovative without proving it on paper and with excellent references. Just like with creativity above, state an example of when you were able to come up with a unique plan that solved an issue needing a fresh approach. Your prospective employer will be astute to this, and it shows you think out of the box through example rather than using buzz words to get attention.
Responsibility and Track Record
The words in the above subtitle are listed as being words to avoid. Regardless, proving responsibility is best left to your references where they can vouch for it. When an employer hears how responsible you were directly from those you worked with previously, it’s going to resonate rather than seeing it on your resume.
With the words “track record” also getting a kibosh, you need to show that you finished projects on time. You can mention this once on your resume without even using “track record” in a sentence. Then find a reference that has this information readily available to back up your statements. The more recent it was, the better so your reference won’t forget.
Being Organized and Analytical
It’s not hard to see why these two words are considered overly conventional on a resume. Rather than stating those words as part of basic office skills, describe incidents where you applied them on a more significant basis. Organization could mean re-organizing an entire department of a company. Analytical can mean that you once took a large project and analyzed it in a way that scoped out problems. Again, you don’t even have to use those words to describe these actions in a more meaningful way.
In some cases, the negative buzz words “problem solving” can be applied in these same categories. That isn’t to say solving a problem and analyzing data aren’t two different things. Yet, if you can prove you solved myriad problems in efficient ways, your chances of being hired go up.