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No question, it's a tough job market. As The Wall Street Journal noted, there are 3.4 jobless workers for each available position, nearly double the level back in December 2007, when Americans were enjoying a robust economy.
Hiring has slowed to a snail's pace. Jobs are scarce and employers are extremely selective.
With that in mind, LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), the world's leading social networking site for professionals, just released for the third consecutive year its list of the most overused buzzwords on job seekers' profiles.
If you're one of the masses worried about how to find a job in this economy, make sure you aren't making the following mistakes.
How to Find a Job: What Not to DoIf you tout yourself as a creative, organized, effective and motivated individual with extensive experience and a proven track record, who is also innovative, responsible, analytical and excels at problem solving, consider yourself a dime a dozen.
Those unoriginal and clichéd adjectives make up LinkedIn's Top Ten List of Overused Profile Buzzwords - in that order.
For the second year in a row, creative topped the list. In 2010, the list's debut year, with LinkedIn's member tally at 85 million (less than half its current count), extensive experience was at the apex.
But for job hunters, using these clichés could be killing their already slim chances.