December 16, 2010 / 9:57 PM / 8 years ago

Motivated team player seeks new cliche-free resume

DETROIT (Reuters) - “Results-oriented problem solver” with “extensive experience” in a “fast-paced” environment seeks cliche-free resume to post online.

The business networking website has released a list of the most heavily used phrases of self-promotion based on a survey of over 85 million individual profiles.

The most viral buzzword among American job seekers? “Extensive experience,” a term that also dominated in Canada and Australia.

The rest of the worst cliches: innovative, motivated, results-oriented, dynamic, proven track record, team player, fast-paced, problem solver and entrepreneurial.

Resume posters in other countries put their faith in other well-worn phrases.

In Brazil, India and Spain, “dynamic” topped the charts. Meanwhile, in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands, more networking professionals wanted to be seen as “innovative.”

The full list is available at

Writing by Kevin Krolicki, editing by Greg McCune

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