LinkedIn Profiles: Buzzwords to avoid

We know that many of our readers are users of LinkedIn, the business-orientated social network, and have recently posted articles on some of the latest developments at LinkedIn such as new Google expertise working on the site, the new “Share button” and also how much money businesses can make from using LinkedIn.

Now for those of you who might be thinking of using LinkedIn to search for a new job it might be time to think again about your existing LinkedIn profile. Jeff Cormier over on TNW reports that LinkedIn has put together a list of the most overused buzzwords on people’s profiles by analyzing data from its 85 million users. Many professionals are using certain words or phrases in their profiles in an effort to impress prospective employers, little knowing that this could be having the opposite effect.

A list of the top ten overused buzzwords in the U.S. includes such delights as “extensive experience,” “innovation,” “results-orientated,” “problem solver” and “proven track record.” Many employers apparently see these terms as meaningless and the advice is that if you’re using any of top ten terms on the list you should wipe them from your profile and provide more meaningful phrases.

Leena Rao over on TechCrunch has also been taking a look at the overused buzzwords on LinkedIn and notes that many of the top buzzwords are also used outside of the U.S. For example the top buzzword in France is “innovative” and in Spain it’s “dynamic.”

You may also be interested in our recent article on finding a job using Twitter. Are you heading over to your LinkedIn profile to change some of your terms or maybe there’s another term that really irritates you? We’d be interested to hear your comments about this.