Don’t Be “Responsible” on LinkedIn [Infographic]

LinkedIn Buzzwords

Stop being responsible. Seriously. You might want to limit being “analytical” or “driven” and definitely not “organizational.” If you must, use those terms on Facebook.

Not LinkedIn.

LinkedIn just released is list of most used descriptive buzz terms. The words were compiled by scanning the profiles of Linkedin’s 250+ million members and the resulting list (and accompanying infographic) give some insight to what terms we tend to use — and overuse — to describe ourselves.

A couple of takeaways:

Some visuals:



In cased you missed it in the infographic, here are the top ten overused buzzwords on LinkedIn:

  1. Responsible
  2. Strategic
  3. Creative
  4. Effective
  5. Patient
  6. Expert
  7. Organizational
  8. Driven
  9. Innovative
  10. Analytical

It does open up dialogue with regards to standing out from the crowd.

But, to be fair, how far out of the box do you really want to go?

How would a recruiter view, say, effervescent” as a descriptive term?

Do you have any of the buzzwords in your LinkedIn profile? If so, do you plan on changing them?

[via LinkedIn Blog]


Tre Lawrence

Tre Lawrence is a servant, husband, father, writer and a life-long learner. He is a contributor to and, editor at and and a "retired" churchworker to boot. When he's not writing for these, you'll probably find him on the soccer pitch or volunteering for YouVersion.

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