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LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with more than 135 million members worldwide, has just released the most overused words and phrases in members’ LinkedIn Profiles for 2011.

Interestingly the number one most overused buzzword in LinkedIn Profiles, (the place where members’ list their professional skills and achievements), globally was “creative” and for Irish professionals the word is “Motivated”. Below is LinkedIn’s 2011 list of the top 10 terms that are overused by professionals in Ireland:

1.       Motivated

2.       Track Record

3.       Creative

4.       Effective

5.       Innovative

6.       Extensive experience

7.       Wide range

8.       Communication skills

9.       Problem solving

10.     Multinational

“Competition for opportunities can be fierce, so craft your LinkedIn Profile to stand out from the professional pack,” said Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s Connection Director and best-selling author of the book, ‘Girl on Top’. “You should aim to banish buzzwords from your profile and resume. 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.”

In 2010 LinkedIn’s study showed that buzzwords like “extensive experience,” “dynamic,” “motivated” and “innovative” ranked as the most overused buzzwords in various countries. Its global membership has grown from 85 million to nearly 135 million members since 2010 so that buzzword list has changed. Here are the 2011 number one buzzwords for countries that LinkedIn fielded the study in:

•        Creative: Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States

•        Multinational: Brazil

•        Dynamic: France

•        Effective: India

•        Problem solving: Italy

•        Motivated: Ireland

•        Managerial: Spain

•        Track record: Singapore

Here are some tips professionals can act on over the Christmas break to increase the number of people viewing their LinkedIn Profile:

Showcase your skills

LinkedIn tracks thousands of hot, up-and-coming professional skills on LinkedIn Skills so add as many as possible.

Come highly recommended

Recommendations on LinkedIn give those viewing your profile a sense of who you are as a professional so request as many ‘Recommendations’ as you can. Oh, and don’t worry to hint at why you're asking for the recommendation or the type of recommendation you’d like.

Accentuate your profile

Finally, always make sure your LinkedIn Profile is complete and includes all the roles you have had. Also, add a profile photo – people never forget a face.

About LinkedIn

Founded in 2003, LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. With more than 135 million members worldwide, including executives from every Fortune 500 company, LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the Internet.

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