The Clone Wars? Top 10 Over-used Buzzwords on LinkedIn

Buzzword_LinkedInDo you describe yourself or your work history as “creative”, “organizational”, or “effective” anywhere on your LinkedIn profile?

Well, you and 187 million other LinkedIn members have the same idea… making these words the top three most overused buzzwords found on LinkedIn profiles.

Here’s the entire list of the top 10 buzzwords that are most prevalent in the profiles of U.S.-based professionals…

How does your “innovative” profile look to you now? Are you “motivated” to make a “responsible” change?

So how do we freshen up our profiles and stand out against the crowd online? Fortunately, LinkedIn experts have outlined some advice for creating a better LinkedIn profile:

Consider the Opposite

You wouldn’t mention how disorganized or irresponsible you are, and their antonyms (organized, trustworthy, etc.) are wasted words too. Why you ask? Because these are the traits that an employer, client or co-worker expects you to have, without exception.

Show, Don’t Tell

Rather than telling everyone just how creative and effective you are, demonstrate it by using hard data. Integrate numbers, percentage signs and dollar signs to quantify your effectiveness; use links in your profile to illustrate your creative talents. This is especially important on LinkedIn where you are 12 times more likely to have your profile viewed if you include more than one position.

Consult the Experts

Looking for synonyms to replace the “analytical,” “motivated,” and “innovative” words that litter your profile? Get yourself in touch with the movers and shakers in your industry via LinkedIn Groups and LinkedIn Today and see what new words are on the rise.

You should also follow companies you’re interested in working with (or competing against). What terms are they using to describe the types of candidates they’re looking for? What skills do their top executives have listed in their profiles?

Do you have many of the top 10 most overused buzzwords on your Linkedin Profile?





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KristenKristen Wishon holds an M.S. and B.S. in journalism with a concentration in public relations and a minor in art history from West Virginia University (WVU). Prior to joining Come Recommended, Kristen gained public relations, editorial and promotional writing, and social media experience through several health & pharmacy-focused internships in West Virginia. Follow Kristen on Twitter!



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