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One to avoid: most overused word on Irish LinkedIn profiles is... motivated

Here’s the top 10 most overused words, or in other words, the ones you should avoid on your LinkedIn profile…

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AN ANALYSIS of LinkedIn profiles has found that the most overused word by professionals based in Ireland is ‘motivated’.

LinkedIn is a social network designed for professionals and used by more than 135 million people worldwide. It primarily contains details of a person’s professional skills and achievements.

It’s 2011 analysis of user profiles found that globally the most overused buzzword is ‘creative’ which is also the top word used in profiles in the US, Australia, UK, the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada.

Here in Ireland professionals appear to be over-partial to the word ‘motivated’ which is the most used. The top ten overused words on Irish profiles in 2011 are:

  1. Motivated
  2. Track Record
  3. Creative
  4. Effective
  5. Innovative
  6. Extensive experience
  7. Wide range
  8. Communication skills
  9. Problem solving
  10. Multinational

The social network’s Connection Director and the author of ‘Girl on Top’ Nicole Williams said that users of LinkedIn should avoid such words so as to make their profile stand out.

“You should aim to banish buzzwords from your profile and resume. Use language that illustrates your unique professional accomplishments and experiences.

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“Give concrete examples of results you’ve achieved whenever possible and reference attributes that are specific to you,” she said.

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Hugh O'Connell

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