Words you should use in your LinkedIn profile

Don’t use the same hackneyed terms that glut the hundreds of millions bios surrounding yours. Here’s what to say to get noticed.

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Yep, that’s a real-life sentence, found in a real-life publication. But what exactly does it say? In a word that actually means something: nothing. At a time when there is more content out there than you could ever possibly hope to read, quality—and not quantity—has become the absolute standard for standing out and getting noticed.

Back when I started working with LinkedIn, we released our very first ranking of the most overused profile buzzwords. I remember thinking how important it was to steer clear of “extensive experience” (the most overused term of 2010) if you wanted to shine among the 85 million professionals who were touting their years in the trenches as their defining characteristic.

Well, it’s three years later, and with more than a 100 million more professionals on LinkedIn, the stakes to stand out from this year’s very “creative” (this year’s most oft-used adjective) crowd are even higher.

Here are a few tips for saying what you mean with words that will get you noticed:

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