Top 10 Most Commonly Used Words on LinkedIn

Top 10 Most Commonly Used Words on LinkedIn

LinkedIn logoAh, the challenge online. How to appear that you fit in while also appearing to stand out from the crowd. We really work hard to think of just the right words to use to let others know how irresistibly awesome we are. According to the LinkedIn blog, it appears that many others believe they are as irresistible as we are and are using the exact same terms in their LinkedIn profiles.

Is it a problem that we’re using the same terms as others? No, not necessarily. The problem with these terms is that they are vague. They are like smoke and mirrors; intended to create a positive impression, yet they actually tell us nothing specific.

Take a look at the list of words. Are these words anywhere on your own LinkedIn profile? Which words would you suggest using instead?

1. Extensive experience

2. Innovative

3. Motivated

4. Results-oriented

5. Dynamic

6. Proven track record

7. Team player

8. Fast-paced

9. Problem solver

10. Entrepreneurial

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6 Comments

  1. Mei December 14, 2010 at 10:41 am - Reply

    Interesting post and very true! I do think that a lot of people have these terms in their profile or resumes because these are also the terms that employers put in the job recs. So in an effort to ‘match’ what the recruiters are looking for we have a tendency to put those terms into our own profiles.

    • Irene Koehler December 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      Good point, Mei. Responsibility for these terms being used doesn’t rest only with only one party. In addition to being terribly vague, the other problem with these terms is that just about everyone feels they accurately describe them. Most of us think we’re innovative, team-players, etc. Sort of like everyone thinking they have a good sense of humor; it’s all relative.

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  3. Dirk van de Bunt December 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    I incorectly guessied that “out of the box thinker” would have made the list, but perhaps that’s a dated phrase. Don’t confront me with my failures, I hadn’t forgotten them.

    • Irene Koehler December 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm - Reply

      That’s a good one, Dirk! I’m sure that must have ranked somewhere fairly high on the list, too. I still hear people using the phrase, dated (or meaningful), or not.

  4. Joy Montgomery December 14, 2010 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Unfortunately, search terms will show up as overused but finding alternatives, which would be good in creative writing, may not serve job seekers well.

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