Professionals Touting "Creative," "Organizational" and "Effective" Get Stung
by LinkedIn's Annual List of Overused Profile Buzzwords
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LinkedIn, the world's
largest professional network with more than 187 million members, today
released the most overused words and phrases in members' LinkedIn Profiles for
The No. 1 most overused buzzword in LinkedIn Profiles globally and for
professionals based in the United States is "creative." Here's the entire 2012
list of the top 10 terms that are most prevalent in the profiles of U.S.-based
"Every day potential business partners, clients and employers are searching
for professionals on the Web," said Nicole Williams, LinkedIn's career expert.
"If you want opportunity to come knocking, you've got to make your LinkedIn
Profile stand out from the pack. Millions of professionals say they're
'creative,' so set yourself apart by describing and linking to projects you've
worked on that truly were different, unique and compelling. Pointing to
concrete examples of the creative work you've done is more convincing than
simply stating you are a 'creative' professional."
This is the third year that LinkedIn has issued its buzzwords ranking.
"Creative" was also the top overused buzzword for professionals in the U.S. in
the 2011 rankings. In 2010, the first year the study was conducted, "extensive
experience" was the No. 1 buzzword for professionals based in the U.S. When
LinkedIn released its first buzzwords ranking, the site had over 85 million
professionals. LinkedIn now has more than 187 million professionals and is
growing at a rate of approximately two new members per second.
For a global flavor, here are the 2012 No. 1 buzzwords for countries in which
LinkedIn fielded this study:
oNew Zealand: Creative
oSaudi Arabia: Motivated
oSouth Africa: Motivated
oUnited Arab Emirates: Motivated
oUnited Kingdom: Motivated
oUnited States: Creative
If the buzzword bug bit your LinkedIn Profile, here are a few ways you can
remove the sting and make your profile sparkle in 2013:
Check out the competition
*Do a LinkedIn Advanced People Search for people who live in your ZIP code
and have the same job title as you. We're often harsher critics of other
people's profiles than we are of our own. By looking at your peers'
LinkedIn Profiles, you'll get a better sense of what you like and don't
like about each of them. Make sure you incorporate that feedback into your
Become a magnet for endorsements
*When you add relevant LinkedIn Skills & Expertise to your profile, your
first-degree connections can endorse you for those specific skills. You
can add up to 50 relevant skills and areas of expertise (like ballet,
iPhone and global business development) to your profile.
Make heads turn...with a killer professional headline
*Your professional headline is one of the first things people see in
LinkedIn search results. By default, your professional headline is based
on the title you entered for your most recent position, but you can edit
it. Think of your professional headline just like the headline of a news
article. You want to draw people in and entice them (whether they are
potential hiring managers, business partners or clients), so they click
through to read the whole story – in this case, your complete LinkedIn
Visit the LinkedIn Blog to learn more about LinkedIn's 2012 buzzwords study
and to download the infographic.
Founded in 2003, LinkedIn connects the world's professionals to make them more
productive and successful. With more than 187 million members worldwide,
including executives from every Fortune 500 company, LinkedIn is the world's
largest professional network on the Internet. The company has a diversified
business model with revenues coming from its talent solutions, marketing
solutions and premium subscriptions businesses. Headquartered in Silicon
Valley, LinkedIn has offices across the globe.
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