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LinkedIn list shows top over-used words in professional profiles

Are you motivated, a team player, and a problem solver? If so, best avoid saying it on your LinkedIn profile….

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THE ONLINE NETWORKING SITE LinkedIn has published a list of the most over-used terms posted on the site’s users’ profiles.

LinkedIn has 85m members and allows registered users to post CVs and professional details online. They can send other users messages or link with them to access their professional information and contact details.

“Extensive experience” is the single most-posted description among the site’s US, Canadian and Australian users, but was not the most-used in Europe.

The five most-popular words for US users of LinkedIn in 2010 were:

  1. Extensive Experience
  2. Innovative
  3. Motivated
  4. Results-oriented
  5. Dynamic

The single most popular word for UK users was “motivated”, Spain chose “dynamic” and most other EU countries used “innovative”, suggesting that a number of motivated, dynamic and innovative people might need to rejuvenate their CV.

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