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Execs in Singapore, avoid using these words on LinkedIn!

F.Y. Teng | Dec. 14, 2011
The professional network’s list of most overused expressions includes “problem solving”, “communication skills” and “extensive experience”.

The global professional network with more than 135 million members LinkedIn released Wednesday (December 14, 2011) a list of the most overused words and phrases in its members’ LinkedIn profiles for the year. The top 10 in the profiles of users in Singapore in order of frequency are:-

1)    Track record
2)    Motivated
3)    Effective
4)    Creative
5)    Dynamic
6)    Innovative
7)    Problem solving
8)    Communication skills
9)    Extensive experience
10)    Interpersonal skills

LinkedIn also listed the single most overused word in various countries round the world.

“Creative” is tops in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the U.S. “Multinational” in Brazil. “Dynamic” in France. “Effective” in India. “Problem solving” in Italy. “Motivated” in Ireland. And “managerial” in Spain.

Commenting on the list, Chan Ngee Key, Career Coach and Strategist at career development site YourOwn360, said that professionals in the “competition for opportunities” should then consider doing the following when doing up their LinkedIn profiles: “banish buzzwords from your profile. Use language that illustrates your unique professional accomplishments and experiences. Give concrete examples of results you’ve achieved whenever possible and reference attributes that are specific to you.”


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