‘Experienced’ and ‘Skilled’ are Malaysian’s favourite words to use on professional networking site LinkedIn.
Running its seventh year, LinkedIn has been sharing most popular words found on Malaysians’ LinkedIn profiles, identifying buzzwords to help members improve their profiles.
Malaysians used the word ‘Experienced’ the most in 2017, followed by ‘Skilled’. In 2016, “Experience” was ranked the 4th most used word, with ‘Skilled’ ranked outside the top 10. This suggests that job seekers are emphasising work experience and skills over personal strengths to make themselves more relevant to employers.
LinkedIn’s 2017 Top 10 Buzzwords in Malaysia:
Linda Lee, LinkedIn’s Head of Communications for Southeast Asia and North Asia said, “To get the right job or opportunity, the good news is all of us can make the difference. Employers typically value experience and skills over paper qualifications. Calling out your achievements at work will boost your chances of being noticed, especially in a massively competitive job market. The goal is to let the potential employer recognise what makes you different from the competition and open the door for that first interview. Beyond using words to describe ourselves, we are also encouraging our members to stay engaged with their networks and establish a voice in their community. It’s important to stand out from the crowd by bringing out our authentic selves.”
LinkedIn also has a few advices for users to make their profile stand out from the crowd:
Take pride in your online presence. Help your ideal employer find you by ensuring your LinkedIn profile is complete and sells you in the best possible way, starting with the language you use. If you consider yourself a ‘specialist’, list relevant skills which have been built up through your work experience.
Show character. It’s important to strike a professional tone; be assertive and direct when talking about your achievements. Don’t shy away from adding some personality to your language though – this is a great way to show your character.
Words don’t need to do all the talking. Instead of saying you’re ‘creative’, show recruiters by including presentations, video, design work and projects you take pride in. You’ve only got five to ten seconds to impress a potential employer.
Be active. Proactivity is key when it comes to networking. Follow organisations that inspire you, or that you’d love to work for, make new connections, join groups and participate in discussions. This keeps your profile active and shows recruiters that you’re plugged in to what’s happening in your industry.
Voice your opinion. If you are an ‘expert’ on a given topic, why not publish a post on LinkedIn? By offering your opinions on industry matters, it demonstrates that you are knowledgeable and well informed.