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LinkedIn’s top clichés and buzzwords of 2010

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On LinkedIn, do you describe yourself as an innovative, motivated, results-oriented, problem solver? Do you have a proven track record in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment?

Cringe!

LinkedIn’s analytics team have released the top clichéd words and phrases used in people’s LinkedIn profiles in 2010. Unsurprisingly, the buzzwords are very cringeworthy and often don’t really tell you anything about the person in question.

LinkedIn’s analytics team crawled over LinkedIn’s 85 million profiles to find the most over used buzzwords. Here are the top ten overused buzzwords used in the US:

Top 10 overused buzzwords in LinkedIn Profiles in the US – 2010

  1. Extensive experience
  2. Innovative
  3. Motivated
  4. Results-oriented
  5. Dynamic
  6. Proven track record
  7. Team player
  8. Fast-paced
  9. Problem solver
  10. Entrepreneurial

Although LinkedIn’s top ten list is based on US profiles, many of these descriptions carry over to Europe, in particular for British LinkedIn profiles.

Still, LinkedIn has further international insight: while LinkedIn members from the US, Canada and Australia tend to emphasise their “extensive experience”, Brazilians, Indians and Spaniards identify themselves as “dynamic” professionals. LinkedIn members in the UK call themselves more “motivated”, and the French, the Germans, the Italians and the Dutch see themselves as “innovative”.

What words grate on you the most? How can you describe yourself on LinkedIn while avoiding clichés?

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