Banish The Buzzwords

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Banish the Buzzwords You wouldn’t talk like this in real life. Why talk like this in your profile? #nobuzzwords

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Oh hey January. Nice to see you again. #nobuzzwords

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It’s the month of fresh starts and new beginnings. #nobuzzwords

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This is when most people are updating their LinkedIn profiles as they look for new opportunities. So perhaps you will too? #nobuzzwords

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But don’t blend in. You may be “motivated, successful, passionate, creative, dedicated, dynamic and enthusiastic", but so is everyone else. #nobuzzwords

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It’s time to banish the buzzwords and stand out from the crowd. #nobuzzwords

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The top 10 global buzzwords for 2016: 1. Leadership 6. Successful 2. Motivated 7. Driven 3. Creative 8. Organization 4. Passionate 9. Dedicated 5. Strategic 10. Extensive experience #nobuzzwords

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How to banish the buzzwords #nobuzzwords

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1. Stand out from the crowd Your summary is the first thing people look at after your profile picture. You may know you’re capable of demonstrating ‘leadership’ with a ‘great track record’ but too many buzzwords make it hard for your profile to stand out. Use examples of your experience, focus on how you’ve demonstrated leadership with specific examples and highlight those great results with real numbers. #nobuzzwords

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2. A picture’s worth a thousand words Instead of saying you’re ‘creative’, why not show people by including presentations, design work and projects you take pride in? Remember, you’ve only got five to ten seconds to impress. #nobuzzwords

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3. Share views and news So you have ‘extensive experience and great communication skills’? Tell the world by updating your status or publishing a post on LinkedIn. By offering your opinions on industry matters, you’re positioning yourself as a thought leader and sharing your knowledge. #nobuzzwords

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4. Get to know people like you If you want to show you are ‘motivated’ about succeeding in your industry, join a group. Share your thoughts on news or articles to show you care about the sector and widen your network. Members who are active in groups get 15x more profile views than members who don’t take part. #nobuzzwords

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5. Recommend a friend If you think someone’s ‘exceptional’, why not say it? Spend time writing meaningful recommendations and endorsing your connections. Not only does this show you really know them, it also means they are more likely to return the favour. A couple of glowing recommendations are worth a hundred buzzwords. #nobuzzwords

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Update your profile at linkedin.com Join the conversation #nobuzzwords

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