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Banish these LinkedIn buzzwords

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in Career Management,Workplace Communication

LinkedIn recently came out with a list of the year’s most overused professional buzzwords.

Comb through your LinkedIn page and your résumé to see if they contain the following words and phrases, which are the most used on the networking site’s 135 million profiles:

•  Creative

•  Effective

•  Extensive experience

•  Innovative

•  Problem solving

•  Communication skills

•  Dynamic

Even if the words do accurately describe you, they’re also being used to describe millions of other people, which means you’re not likely to stand out. Could you say the same thing in a different way?

For example, instead of listing “prob­­lem solving” skills, mention a con­­crete accomplishment that re­­quired problem-solving skills, such as streamlining a cumbersome procedure or shaving recurring costs.

Buzzwords aren’t creative. “Use lan­­guage that illustrates your unique professional accomplishments and experiences,” says LinkedIn’s Connection Director Nicole Williams.

Another suggestion from Linked­­In is to click the “Add sections” icon on your LinkedIn profile, and create new areas on your profile for certifications, awards, projects, skills, volunteer experience, even links to your Twitter posts and Amazon reading list.

— Adapted from “10 Buzzwords to Take Off Your LinkedIn Profile Now,” Katy Steinmetz, Time.

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