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Monday, 20 December 2010

Top ten profile buzzwords are unveiled

Social networking site LinkedIn has unveiled a list of the top ten business buzzwords used by people to describe themselves on their profiles, which includes sales recruitment hopefuls.

According to the report, 'motivated' is the most commonly used term, followed by 'extensive experience', 'innovative' and 'proven track record' respectively.

Other items in the top ten include 'dynamic', 'team player' and 'proactive' and the results reveal some interesting workplace trends, according to DJ Patil, LinkedIn's chief data scientist.

He said that the aim of the study was to offer insights into how professionals could make better choices about how to position themselves online, whether they are looking for a job or not.

However, Katie Ledger, BrandYou Board member and author of the advice book And What Do You Do? 10 Steps to Creating a Portfolio, said that using cliched terms can sometimes do more harm than good, with phrases such as 'entrepreneurial', 'skill set' and 'problem solver' completing the top ten.

She advised: "If you're using any of these ten terms, wipe them out. Include meaningful phrases that apply specifically to highlights you've achieved in your career. Remember, potential employers and collaborators care more about what you have actually done."

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Source: Salespeak News

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