Sunday, December 9, 2012

Words to avoid in your LinkedIn profile

Although I've got a LinkedIn profile myself, the only time I use it is to accept "friending" requests.  In other words, like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, I never use it.  I've still wondered, though, whether law students really get jobs through LinkedIn as opposed to people working in other professions where, for all I know, it might be the gold standard of networking options.  Out of curiosity, do you, dear reader, know of any law students who've gotten jobs - even indirectly - through LinkedIn versus the old fashion, face-to-face style of networking (which is still the best way to find a job despite the prevalence of cyber alternatives).

I've certainly noticed that many law students and recent grads have created LinkedIn profiles and since the time commitment involved is de minimus, I guess there's little reason not to have one. If it's been a successful networking tool for even a few students, so much the better.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say.

So assuming you've got a LinkedIn profile, you might as well heed the advice of the site's own networking gurus by avoiding the following buzzwords which they say may hurt your chances of finding a job since they are so overused, they turn-off prospective employers.  From The Business Insider:

LinkedIn has scoured the profiles of its 187 million members and come up with a new list of overused, useless buzzwords. 

These are the words that can be an instant turnoff to a recruiter who sees them over and over again because they show that you aren't "dynamic" with great "communication skills," but the opposite.

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So, if you are using any of these 2012 buzzwords, fire up your LinkedIn profile right now and scrub them out. Here they are, in order of how overused they are:
  • Creative
  • Organizational
  • Effective
  • Motivated
  • Extensive Experience
  • Track Record
  • Innovative
  • Responsible
  • Analytical
  • Problem Solving
You can continue reading here to learn what "buzzwords" have been deemed turn-offs to overseas recruiters too.

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