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Singapore - Selling yourself with buzzwords like "creative" and "organisational" will sell you short, according to LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network with more than 135 million members.
Describing yourself as "creative" won't set you apart from the rest - you would be no different than millions of other job applicants, LinkedIn reported.
According to LinkedIn's latest 2011 survey of overused words and phrases, the number one most overused buzzword in LinkedIn Profiles for professionals based in Singapore is "track record".
Globally, the most overused buzzword is "creative".
Here is the list of LinkedIn's 2011 list of top 10 terms local professionals tend to overuse:
1. Track record
7. Problem solving
8. Communication skills
9. Extensive experience
10. Interpersonal skills
"Competition for opportunities can be fierce, so craft your LinkedIn Profile to stand out from the professional pack," Chan Ngee Key, career coach and strategist at YourOwn360, said.
Buzzwords can instantly kill one's chances of obtaining a job. Firms want applicants to specify and offer instances of a particular trait and not for it to be vaguely expressed.
"Banish buzzwords from your profile. Use language that illustrates your unique professional accomplishments and experiences. Give concrete examples of results you've achieved whenever possible and reference attributes that are specific to you," Williams advised.
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