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January 25, 2012

10 Buzzwords to Take Off Your LinkedIn Profile Now

Filed under: Social Media — Larry @ 1:01 pm

By KATY STEINMETZ December 13, 2011

Summary (for full article and the ‘why’ each word should be removed, see http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/12/13/ten-buzzwords-to-take-off-your-linkedin-profile-now/ )

LinkedIn, the social-networking site for people with business cards, has released its list of the year’s most overused professional buzzwords, culled from the profiles of its 135 million members. As one might expect, they’re terms that sound awfully nice but say almost nothing specific about a person. They’re the type of terms that are roughly the equivalent of listing “showing up to work” in your skills section.

#10 = dynamic
#9 = communication skills
#8 = problem solving
#7 = Innovative
#6 = motivated
#5 = Track record
#4 = extensive experience
#3 = effective
#2 = organizational

And the No. one most overused professional buzzword is creative. This attribute, like many of the others, is one that is better shown than told. As LinkedIn’s connection director put it in a release, “Use language that illustrates your unique professional accomplishments and experiences. Give concrete examples of results you’ve achieved whenever possible and reference attributes that are specific to you.” And please, never use the word synergy without your tongue firmly pressed into your cheek.

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