So You Think You Are An “Effective” Worker? Would “Creative” Be Better [Linkedin Report]

Using popular buzzwords in Linkedin profiles has been a trend with the white collar workforce worldwide. Linkedin has released an analysis of these keywords and identified some of the most popular ones.

While “Creative” is the most popular word used to describe oneself in the more developed economies, Indian work force still believes in being “Effective”. Here is the list of most overused keywords in Linkedin India profiles:

  1. Effective
  2. Creative
  3. Innovative
  4. Dynamic
  5. Extensive experience
  6. Problem solving
  7. Motivated
  8. Track record
  9. Communication skills
  10. Competitive

Most overused keywords in Linkedin Profile Worldwide – Country wise: 

  1. Creative: Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States
  2. Multinational: Brazil
  3. Dynamic: France
  4. Effective: India
  5. Problem solving: Italy
  6. Motivated: Ireland
  7. Managerial: Spain
  8. Track record: Singapore

Ironically, if you notice, profiles of creative people would never have the word Creative. People who have good communication skills would never mention that as a quality as that is taken for granted. The list actually shows what people want to be perceived as, rather than what they are.

Compare this list with last year’s, you will see a lot of change and a reflection of the Industry demands.

The most overused buzzword in LinkedIn Profiles in 11 countries – 2010

  • Extensive Experience – USA, Canada, Australia
  • Dynamic – Brazil, India, Spain
  • Motivated – UK
  • Innovative – France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands

So are you creative or effective?

[Naman is a startup enthusiast and has worked with couple of Indian startups as Product Manager. He writes at The Inspire Blog]