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LinkedIn reveals 10 words you shouldn't use in your profile

‘Specialised’, ‘leadership’ and ‘experienced’ top list of words that could put the brakes on your next career move

LinkedIn reveals 10 words you shouldn't use in your profile

If you’re using words like “experienced” and “leadership” in your professional profiles, you might want to stop.

New data released by online network LinkedIn has revealed the top 10 most overused words for the UAE, compiled from analysis of millions of UAE profiles in the past twelve months.

The study sifted through the “summary” sections in profiles to rank how often each “buzzword” appeared. This year’s list revealed “leadership”, “specialised,” “expert,” “excellent” and “strategic” in the top five, while the words “experienced,” “responsible,” “passionate,” “certified” and “dynamic” completed the list.

According to LinkedIn, the words are so generic and overused they don’t convey anything about the person’s professional achievements and accomplishments.

“We are all good at what we do, whether it is persuading people to buy products and services or communicating on behalf of our clients. But in an incredibly competitive industry, it’s vital that those looking to get ahead sell themselves effectively too,” said Nada Enan, Senior Manager Marketing & PR, LinkedIn MENA.

Using buzzwords to describe their professional accomplishments goes against the grain of their day job, putting professionals at risk of blending into the background instead."

“That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to get 2017 off to a great start by making sure their LinkedIn profile sets them apart from the crowd. Instead of relying on empty terminology, use concrete terms to describe your skills…instead of saying you excel at leadership, say you successfully manage a team of 20, for example,” she added.

The top ten buzzwords for UAE for 2017 are:

1. Leadership

2. Specialised

3. Expert

4. Excellent

5. Strategic

6. Experienced

7. Responsible

8. Passionate

9. Certified

10. Dynamic

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