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LinkedIn lists 10 most overused buzzwords by its members in India

‘Dynamic’, ‘Innovative’ and ‘Extensive Experience’ are the three most overused words and phrases in the profiles of LinkedIn’s members based in India, reveals a study by the US-based professional networking site that claims to have more than 85 million members worldwide. Some of the other most overused words and phrases by professionals based in India are ‘Team Player’, ‘Motivated’, ‘Proactive’, ‘Proven Track Record’, ‘Value Add’, ‘Skill Set’ and ‘Out-of-the-box’.

‘Dynamic’, ‘Innovative’ and ‘Extensive Experience’ are the three most overused words and phrases in the profiles of LinkedIn’s members based in India, reveals a study by the US-based professional networking site that claims to have more than 85 million members worldwide. Some of the other most overused words and phrases by professionals based in India are ‘Team Player’, ‘Motivated’, ‘Proactive’, ‘Proven Track Record’, ‘Value Add’, ‘Skill Set’ and ‘Out-of-the-box’.

“We have the unique ability to uncover interesting workplace trends in our data given the high volume of people with profiles on LinkedIn,” D J Patil, chief data scientist, LinkedIn, has said. “In this case, we wanted to reveal insights that help professionals make better choices about how to position themselves online whether they are reaching out to new clients or networking with peers.”

According to Lindsey Pollak, a career and workplace expert, “Phrases like ‘extensive experience’ and ‘proven track record’ can appear empty to a potential employer and may do more harm than good when you include them in your profile or resume.” Pollak has added, “If you are using any of these 10 terms, wipe them out. Instead, note that you have eight to ten years of experience or that you increased sales by 300 per cent. Include meaningful phrases that apply specifically to highlights you have achieved in your career.”

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