Avoid These Overused Words on Your LinkedIn Profile in 2013

buzzwordEvery year LinkedIn analyzes all of their millions of profiles, translating the non-English to English, and tries to identify the most used buzzwords.

It’s always interesting to see what words left the list and what new words were added.

The key for you is to make sure you avoid these words like the plague. They are cliches and don’t separate you from the crowd.

Removed from the 2011 list are:

  • Dynamic
  • Communication skills

Replacing these words in 2012 list are:

  • Responsible
  • Analytical

Source: http://blog.linkedin.com/2012/12/04/buzzwords-2012/

Here’s the list again (bear in mind that it’s U.S. centric) in stack-ranked order:

1. Creative

2. Organizational

3. Effective

4. Motivated

5. Extensive experience

6. Track record

7. Innovative

8. Responsible

9. Analytical

10. Problem solving

Remember to avoid these words if you want your profile to stand out from the crowd.

Waldman067-150x150Joshua Waldman is an authority on leveraging social media to find employment. He is the author of Job Searching With Social Media For Dummies, and his writing has appeared in Forbes, Mashable and the International Business Times. Joshua’s career blog, CareerEnlightenment, has helped thousands of readers each month get ahead using his job advice. Joshua is also speaker and trainer who specializes in helping job seekers gain control of their careers in today’s competitive economic and technology climate. He presents keynotes, trainings and breakout sessions around the country for students, career advisors, consortiums and professional organizations. For more information about his speaking, visit Career Enlightenment.

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