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The 10 most overused buzzwords that you should delete from your resume

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You're a strategic, experienced leader focused on delivering excellent, creative solutions to the team.

And you are passionate. So very, very passionate.

Newsflash: So is everybody else.

Your resume or LinkedIn profile is your first chance to stand out when applying for a job. So slash the jargon, kill the boring language and cut the words that you think sound impressive but actually mean nothing.

The worst offender: specialized.

That's according to LinkedIn's sixth annual edition of the 10 worst buzzwords found in profiles on its site from around the globe. Here's the full list:

1. Specialized
2. Leadership
3. Passionate
4. Strategic
5. Experienced
6. Focused
7. Expert
8. Certified
9. Creative
10. Excellent

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Job hunters the world over use these buzzwords because they come to mind quickly and because there's a perception that they communicate professionalism, according to best-selling biographer Christopher Sandford, who LinkedIn Career Expert Blair Decembrele interviewed.

Here are 4 tips for shaking off the buzzwords and writing a top-notch resume or LinkedIn profile.

1. Be specific with your language. Think about introducing yourself with a short story.

2. Avoid the third person. Instead, speak directly to your reader with the use of "I."

3. List your experience. When describing your previous positions, use short, to-the-point phrases, and avoid jargon.

4. Show examples of your work. Point to specific links or upload presentations you have given to your profile.