Don’t be so 2011: Refresh your online profile

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LinkedIn has released the most overused words and phrases in members' LinkedIn profiles, and if you are guilty of using some (or all) of the terms in the top 10, you may be unwittingly turning away potential interest in your skills.

According to the networking site, the top 10 terms that are most overused by professionals are:

1. Extensive experience
2. Innovative
3. Motivated
4. Dynamic
5. Proven track record
6. Team player
7. Proactive
8. Skill set
9. Highly skilled
10. Entrepreneurial

"We have the unique ability to uncover interesting workplace trends in our data given the high volume of people with profiles on LinkedIn," said DJ Patil, LinkedIn's Chief Data Scientist. "In this case, we wanted to reveal insights that help professionals make better choices about how to position themselves online whether they are reaching out to new clients or networking with peers."

"Phrases like 'extensive experience' and 'proven track record' can appear empty to a potential employer and may do more harm than good when you include them in your profile or resume," said Lindsey Pollak, a career and workplace expert. "If you're using any of these 10 terms, wipe them out. Instead, note that you have eight to ten years of experience or that you increased sales by 300 percent. Include meaningful phrases that apply specifically to highlights you've achieved in your career."

Here are three tips professionals can act on over to increase the number of people viewing their LinkedIn Profile:

Tip 1: Accentuate your profile

Make sure your LinkedIn Profile is complete and includes all the roles you have had. You are 12 times more likely to be viewed for potential opportunities if you have more than one position listed on your profile.  Also, add a profile photo - people never forget a face.

Tip 2: Grow your network

Connect to at least 50 trusted contacts. Simply import your contacts to start finding first, second or even third degree connections working at companies you want as clients or would like to get in touch with.

Tip 3: Lift your profile in Google search results

Have you done a Google search for your name? If you haven't, you should. People are Googling you before meetings and interviews. Get your LinkedIn Profile to come up higher in search results by customising your profile URL.


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