LinkedIn reveals profiles’ most overused words of 2012

5 Dec 2012

Would you describe yourself as creative? Well, apparently a lot of others describe themselves that way as well, as the word is LinkedIn’s most overused word of the year in profiles of members worldwide.

Business social network LinkedIn just unveiled its most overused words in members’ profiles for 2012. ‘Creative’ ranks as the most overused word in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, and the US.

The second most overused word in LinkedIn profiles globally is ‘motivated’, appearing most frequently in profiles in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and the UK.

“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.”

Here are LinkedIn’s other most overused words of the year in profiles worldwide:

·        Multinational: Egypt, Indonesia

·        Analytical: Switzerland

·        Effective: India

·        Experimental: Brazil

·        Responsible: France, Italy

·        Specialised: Spain

Top Overused Buzzwords in LinkedIn Profiles 2012

Tina Costanza
By Tina Costanza

Tina Costanza was a journalist and sub-editor at Silicon Republic. She came to Ireland from Canada, where she had held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto. When she wasn’t saving dangling participles, she was training for 10K races or satisfying a craving for scones.

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