LinkedIn is a pretty big with over 85 million users.Â And the folks at LinkedIn plus a whole host of networking and career gurus’ (meÂ too, but not a guru) recommend using it with as much detail as possible to reach and connect with other business types.
Of course, it all dovetails right into being a part of a robust job search.
That’s a lot of data at their “fingertips.”Â Its kind of scary, actually.
Well, LinkedIn decided to “take a crack at finding the most cliched and over used phrases for the past year” on their site.
From the LinkedIn blog:
Top 10 overused buzzwords in LinkedIn Profiles in the USA â€“ 2010
- Extensive experience
- Proven track record
- Team player
- Problem solver
This tidbit of information is a little different than, say, a survey of HR professionals.Â It would seem to be just a look at all the resumes on their site and an analysis ofÂ what words get used the most.
That said, thisÂ is a someone (the people running the site)Â plunging into and analyzing your resume at LinkedIn to spot trends and gather info to share with other others (am I being paranoid – someone slap me if I am – I’ll stop).Â It’s a little like the landlord of a highrise apartment deciding to take a look at all the apartment and see which color sofas were the most popular.Â Its intrusive, and I’m not sure that it’s nearly as altruistic as they claim.Â Plus what if that landlord decided to sell that information to a furniture company, unbeknownst to you?
But the info is out there now.Â LinkedIn did do their study and these words are evidently way, way over used.
Remember everything all the guru’s say – separate yourself from the pack.Â That ain’t gonna happen if you’re using all the same words as the others.
You know what to do.
Good Luck and Merry Christmas,