LinkedIn has published the most overused words by members in 2013, in its fourth annual survey. Topping the list is ‘responsible.’ Luckily I had deleted that overused word from my profile last year, when the word only ranked #8 in the U.S.
According to LinkedIn, ‘responsible’ was used more than twice as often as the number two buzzword, ‘strategic.’ Only four of the top buzzwords from 2012 made the list in 2013: ‘creative’, ‘responsible’, ‘effective’, ‘analytical’. Words from the previous year that that didn’t make the cut this year are: ‘experimental’, ‘motivated’, ‘multinational’, ‘specialized’.
Maybe people are just too tired from working 24/7 to be motivated much anymore and don’t have the time to be experimental.
As usual, LinkedIn didn’t provide any definitions, which could prove helpful in finding substitutes for your profile. So here are mine and please feel free to use them. Drum roll:
- Responsible – No one else wanted to do it
- Strategic – when I see a fork in the road I take it
- Creative — I got a gold star for a drawing I did in kindergarten
- Effective — I get things done in due time
- Patient – I have plenty of to wait while I’m texting friends
- Expert – The last time I looked I got a pretty good performance review
- Organizational – I work for a good company
- Driven – I don’t want to lose my job
- Innovative — I tried something new once and it worked
- Analytical – Given time I can eventually figure it out
OK, you’ve guessed that I just wanted to have a little fun. Seriously, have you looked at your profile and resume lately? Companies can only hire so many responsible, strategic and creative people. To strengthen your brand and turn up in searches on LinkedIn, you’ll need to find other words that help distinguish you from your competition.
This year, for the first time, LinkedIn summarized its findings in an infographic. Enjoy.
LinkedIn’s most overused words