Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Most Overused Job-Related Buzzwords on LinkedIn

LinkedIn has recently released a list of buzzwords that are overused on profile pages and job postings. Do you fall victim to the overused buzzwords that make potential employers cringe? According to LinkedIn, the 2011 Analytics Team surveyed the 85 million profiles in this network and have determined the most overused words across the board in the United States.
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You might think that you're giving yourself a leg up when adding these words to your profile, but you're doing yourself no favors. How many are included in your profile? Common words and phrases include:
  1. Extensive Experience
  2. Innovative
  3. Motivated
  4. Results-oriented
  5. Dynamic
  6. Proven Track Record
  7. Team Player
  8. Fast-Paced
  9. Problem Solver
  10. Entrepreneurial
Ironically enough, these words should be self-proving. If you have extensive experience and a proven track record, show it on your resume. If you are really a problem solver, give an example - don't just say you are. The most ironic of all of these words must be that "innovative" is the second most-used word on LinkedIn profiles. Are we not "innovative" enough to use a Thesaurus?

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Looking on a global scale, the phrases "extensive experience," "innovative" and "dynamic" seem to top the charts in countries with a significant number of profiles on LinkedIn.
Courtesy of blog.LinkedIn.com
Maybe you are looking at getting a job or changing jobs. It's time to take this opportunity to find an "innovative" way to restructure your profile to make you stand out from the pool of applicants. According to LinkedIn, "your profile is an extension of your brand." Take time to think about which words describe your unique experience and how you can lead to a business's continued success.


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