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The 10 most overused buzzwords of the year on LinkedIn

LinkedIn Buzzwords 2012 Infographic_Global
Do you consider yourself creative? Well then, show off your originality by not describing yourself as such on your LinkedIn profile. As it turns out, you're just like many of the networking site's 187 million other job hunters who also claim to be "effective", "motivated" and "analytical".

But these terms amount to little more than overused, empty descriptors that may sound good but say almost nothing about the way you work.

LinkedIn revealed its annual list of the top 10 most overused buzzwords from its 187 million member profiles and "creative" was at the top of the pile on a global level as well as in Canada. South Africans prefer to describe themselves as "motivated", while French and Italians like "responsible" and the Swiss are more likely to use "analytical".

Here are the top 10 most overused terms on LinkedIn in 2012. Don't say we didn't warn you — this list might make you cringe. If you're guilty, you might want to think about cutting some of these trite decriptors from your online resume.

1. Creative

2. Organizational

3. Effective

4. Motivated

5. Extensive expertise

6. Track Record

7. Innovative

8. Responsible

9. Analytical

10. Problem solving

— Dean Seguin, MSN Tech & Gadgets



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