LinkedIn Says Most Overused Buzzwords Are “Extensive Experience, Innovative and Motivated”

In addition to releasing its 2010 list of overused professional buzzwords, LinkedIn also offers advice for giving your profile a makeover during the holidays

Top 10 overused buzzwords in LinkedIn Profiles in the United States. (Graphic: Business Wire)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--()--LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with more than 85 million members worldwide, today released the most overused words and phrases in members’ LinkedIn profiles. The top 10 terms that are overused by professionals based in the United States are:

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

“We have the unique ability to uncover interesting workplace trends in our data given the high volume of people with profiles on LinkedIn,” said DJ Patil, LinkedIn's Chief Data Scientist. "In this case, we wanted to reveal insights that help professionals make better choices about how to position themselves online whether they are reaching out to new clients or networking with peers.”

“Phrases like ‘extensive experience’ and ‘proven track record’ can appear empty to a potential employer and may do more harm than good when you include them in your profile or resume,” said Lindsey Pollak, a career and workplace expert. “If you’re using any of these 10 terms, wipe them out. Instead, note that you have eight to ten years of experience or that you increased sales by 300 percent. Include meaningful phrases that apply specifically to highlights you’ve achieved in your career.”

“The holidays are the perfect time to give your profile and your resume a makeover, since you don’t have to worry about the everyday hassles you face when you are in your cube,” Pollak added.

Here are some tips professionals can act on over the holidays to increase the number of people viewing their LinkedIn Profile:

Accentuate your profile

Make sure your LinkedIn Profile is complete and includes all the roles you have had. You are 12 times more likely to be viewed for potential opportunities if you have more than one position listed on your profile. Also, add a profile photo – people never forget a face.

Plump up your network

Connect to at least 50 trusted contacts. Simply import your contacts to start finding first, second or even third degree connections working at companies you want as clients or would like to get in touch with.

Lift your profile in Google search results

Have you done a Google search for your name? If you haven't, you should. People are Googling you before meetings and interviews. Get your LinkedIn Profile to come up higher in search results by customizing your profile URL.

About LinkedIn

LinkedIn is an Internet platform company focused on connecting the world’s professionals. The LinkedIn website launched in 2003 and is the world’s largest professional network with more than 85 million members, representing every country and executives from every Fortune 500 company. The company is privately-held and has a diversified business model with revenues coming from user subscriptions, advertising sales and hiring solutions. LinkedIn is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

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