It’s time to stop labeling yourself as “responsible,” “creative,” and “driven.” Those are the most overused words on LinkedIn profiles worldwide, according to a new list published by the company.
LinkedIn checked the profile summaries of 259 million members for English and other languages, based on 81 buzzwords that were compiled last year. It ranked the most commonly-used words for members in 20 countries.
Many of the words are overused year after year, but one seems surprising and new: “patient.” In the US, it’s used more often than “creative,” “driven” or “innovative.”
“I never expected it…in this economy, with such a sense of drive and forward movement,” said Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s career expert and and author of several books. (Yes, she uses expert in her profile despite its appearance on the list.) If you’re truly creative, show it and give some examples in your designs, the projects you’ve tackled, in links to your articles, she told me.