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LinkedIn has posted the top 10 list of buzzwords to avoid.

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In your résumé or cover letter, do you say you are a creative, analytical individual who is motivated and responsible and able to thrive in a multinational environment?

If you do, you've just used five of the top buzzwords included in profiles on the popular LinkedIn networking website, which the company released Tuesday. LinkedIn looked at more than 187 million profiles that its members worldwide have created and then culled the most common buzzwords.

The word "creative" topped the list. Canadians were no exception. "Creative" was also the most popular word in Australia, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden, and the United States.

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The others were: analytical, effective, experimental, motivated, multinational, responsible, and specialized. In the United States, other top buzzwords included organizational, extensive experience, track record, innovative, and problem solving.

This year and last, the top three were "creative," "organizational" and "effective." However, this year, more LinkedIn members used the words "responsible" and "analytical" to describe themselves – the first time those words appeared on LinkedIn's annual ranking. Their addition kicked "dynamic" and "communication skills" off the list.

"Extensive experience" was the top buzzword in 2010, the first year the study was published, but now "motivated" ranks higher.

Here's the list of the top 10 buzzwords most used by Canadian professionals:

  1. Creative
  2. Effective
  3. Organizational
  4. Motivated
  5. Analytical
  6. Interpersonal
  7. Problem Solving
  8. Extensive Experience
  9. Innovative
  10. Communication Skills

LinkedIn advises users to find unique ways to describe themselves in order to stand out to employers.

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Gillian Livingston started her journalism career at The Gazette at Western University. She's worked for The Financial Post, Dow Jones Newswires and The Canadian Press as a reporter for news, business, markets and Ontario politics. More


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