New Year’s Resolution: Get “Creative” with LinkedIn Profiles

The LinkedIn team recently completed its annual ranking of “popular” (also known as overused) buzzwords from among its 187 million user profiles across the world.

Globally, top buzzwords making this year’s list included: Analytical, Creative, Effective, Experimental, Motivated, Multinational, Responsible and Specialized.

Last year, the top three buzzwords included Creative, Effective and Effective Experience.

Comparing 2011 to 2012 results, LinkedIn researchers noted the number-one buzzword globally remains “Creative.”

In the United States, the top ten buzzword list for 2012 included these descriptors:

  1. Creative
  2. Organizational
  3. Effective
  4. Motivated
  5. Extensive Experience
  6. Track Record
  7. Innovative
  8. Responsible
  9. Analytical
  10. Problem Solving

Researchers noted more members in 2012 described themselves as “responsible” and “analytical,” which made an appearance on LinkedIn rankings for the first time, knocking out “dynamic” and “communication skills” from the list. “Motivated” now appears to be ranked higher than “extensive experience,” which had been an earlier top buzzword.

Advice from LinkedIn researchers:  “Your LinkedIn Profile is an opportunity to define your professional identity. Set yourself apart in the new year by wiping your profile clean of buzzwords!”

With that, resolve in 2013 to be more “creative” with your profile. Otherwise, your LinkedIn listing might be compared to the famous Yogi Berra quote, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”

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