‘Responsible’ is most overused word in Singaporeans’ resumes

December 13, 20139:54 am350 views
‘Responsible’ is most overused word in Singaporeans’ resumes
'Responsible' is most overused word in Singaporeans' resumes

SINGAPORE -Do most Singapore professionals want their future employers to think they are responsible workers? That seems to be the case as the word ‘responsible’ was the most overused word on their LinkedIn profiles this year.

The online professional network, which has more than one million members in Singapore, has released its list of most widely used buzzwords collated from member profiles in 2013.

This is the fourth year that LinkedIn has released its annual list of overused buzzwords, and the third year that it has conducted the study in Singapore. A variety of buzzwords have risen and fallen over the years in terms of their popularity.

Compared with 2012, ‘motivated’, ‘track record’, ‘interpersonal’ and ‘problem-solving’ have fallen off Singapore’s list of buzzwords, while ‘strategic’, ‘expert’, ‘driven’ and ‘competitive’ have entered the list for the first time.

In 2010, “extensive experience” was the top buzzword worldwide, followed by “creative” in 2011 and 2012.

Singapore’s list of profile buzzwords is largely similar to the global list, with two exceptions – ‘organisational‘ and ‘patient’.

The terms appear on the fifth and seventh spots on the global list but came in lower on the Singapore list, at 13th and 17th  place respectively.

The full global list is as follows:

  1. Responsible
  2. Strategic
  3. Creative
  4. Effective
  5. Patient
  6. Expert
  7. Organizational
  8. Driven
  9. Innovative
  10. Analytical

“Building a professional brand is critical to success in the workplace,” said Feon Ang, Director of Talent Solutions for LinkedIn SEA, Japan and Korea. “Competition for the same opportunities can be tough, and you want to avoid sounding like everyone else. One way to show how you’re different is by not only talking the talk, but walking the walk. Support your description of career achievements with photos, videos and presentations on your profile that demonstrate your best work.”

LinkedIn members can show how they are being responsible, creative or strategic and stand out from the crowd on LinkedIn using the following tips.

Consider the opposite: Would you ever call yourself irresponsible or impatient? One of the quickest ways of deciding whether or not to select a word that may describe your professional brand is to consider the antonym. In the case of the word “effective,” its opposite is “ineffective,” making “effective” a given descriptor. Your entire profile can show that you are responsible and effective without having to include overused words.

Tie it to a result: Link your skills to a specific result that demonstrates your competence. Whenever possible, especially for buzzwords like “innovative,” “strategic” and “creative,” upload an example of your work to your profile such as a photo, video or presentation, in order to give others a better representation of your talent. This also helps to build your profile credibility.

Let others vouch for you: Another way of verifying your skill sets is to actively request for endorsements or recommendations from reputable sources. Get your connection to speak specifically to the skill set you wish to emphasize and ideally tie it to an outcome they have witnessed.

Use active language: Rather than saying you are responsible for something, demonstrate how that responsibility delivered results. Your peers, potential customers and future employers assume you were responsible for different programs, but how did that translate into results?

For example, you could replace “responsible for social media,” with “accomplished goal of growing social media audience for the brand tenfold under my supervision” and provide visuals to further demonstrate it.

Right in front of your nose: Tailor your professional brand on LinkedIn and select the right words for specific opportunities by mirroring the language of aspirational companies. For example, if you are aiming to work for or with a real estate company, follow that company on LinkedIn and you will find a wealth of information that will guide you in your focus. By researching on companies you aspire to work with, you can discover the right tone that you want to incorporate into your profile. If you are not sure what words to select to describe your professional experience or need to switch out one of your buzzwords, go to the source and use one of theirs.


source: business.asiaone.com

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