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LinkedIn: Have a Creative, Dynamic, Problem-Solving New Year

Ah, corporate buzzwords. They’re enough to kill the forward-looking momentum in any strategic, synergistic meeting.

And yet we use them all the time — in our LinkedIn profiles, at least.

The social-networking-for-job-searching company analyzed 135 million professional profiles on its Web site and came up with a list of the Top 10 buzzwords used in LinkedIn profiles across the U.S.

The No. 1 word used: “creative” (which sort of reminds me of this smartphone video ad).

Other words on the LinkedIn list, which can be found here, include “effective,” “motivated” and “dynamic.”

Outside of the U.S., those located north of the equator were likely to use (or overuse) “creative”; people in the Southern Hemisphere were “multinational” and focused on “problem-solving” and their “track record.”

Many of the same buzzwords appeared on last year’s list, which LinkedIn says was one of its most popular analyses of the year. 2010 was the year we were all touting our “extensive experience,” which came in at No. 1.

Oh, and we’ve all gotten a little slower, too, or maybe our work environments have: “Fast-paced,” which ranked No. 8 in last year’s most-overused list, doesn’t appear on the 2011 list.

Let’s dial it back a little bit on buzzwords, though, as they’re not all fun and semantics: Some recruiters and consultants say buzzwords in resumes are too vague, or worse yet, just plain annoying, while others suggest they could actually lose companies money.

But if you’re still looking to facilitate or ramp up your buzzword usage in the new year, you may want to try this buzzword generator, courtesy of Robie the Robot.

Image via of Roman Schvets/Flickr


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