Are those “Keywords” killing your resume?

Over and over we hear that we need to fill our resume with keywords.  We are instructed to pick apart the job description and load our resume with the keywords we see there.

Recently, however, an article has been circulating on LinkedIn which states that over use of certain keywords is killing your LinkedIn profile and your resume. 

 The 10 most overused words found in LinkedIn profiles are:

Extensive experience
Proven track record
Team player
Problem solver

Despite the fact that these same keywords are included in many job descriptions, you have to avoid using them; both in your resume and cover letter.  You are going to have to find a way to communicate these skills without using the words.

You have to scratch your head a little bit. If the keywords were important enough to include in the job description, why would HR kick out your resume for including them?

You learned the answer to this as a child. You must have noticed on at least a few occasions, your parents wanted you to do as they said and not as they did.

I guess you really did learn everything you needed to know in Kindergarten.

James Snider
Global Business Development and Social Media Marketing
Anyone can give you social media.  I make sure it’s marketing.

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About jamessnider

James Snider is the Vice President of Business Development for Engstrom Trading, LLC. Engstrom imports products from Scandinavian countries and builds a market for them in the USA and Canada. View all posts by jamessnider

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