With the quarter almost over, a fair few students will be getting ready to leave the cozy confines of their colleges in order to begin their much-anticipated dream careers within the field they’ve spent the last four years studying. Theoretically, at least. While we here at HackCollege do our best to try and give you the best resources to actually make this pipedream a reality, the truth is that the job market remains an incredibly competitive and unwelcoming place for recent college grads. Of course, getting noticed is key to success post-graduation. But what’s the best way to advertise yourself on sites like LinkedIn and Revl?

Luckily, with the year itself coming to an end and Top 10 lists sprouting from every corner of the web, LinkedIn has provided one that is sure to at least help you know what not to say when looking for jobs: the top 10 most overused buzzwords on LinkedIn profiles for 2012.

“As was the case last year, ‘creative’, ‘organizational’, ‘effective’ are in the top three,” wrote Simla Ceyhan, Senior Data Scientist at LinkedIn. “This year though, more members this year described themselves as “responsible” and “analytical”, which made an appearance on our ranking for the first time. As a result, “dynamic” and “communication skills” got knocked off the list.”

Ceyhan and the other analysts at LinkedIn used data collated from over 187 million profiles worldwide, including translated profiles from non-English speakers. The team then took the text from these member’s self-summaries, aggregated adjectives, removed overused nouns and other filler text, and then ordered these words and phrases by frequency.

Without further ado, here are the top ten most overused buzzwords for the United States in 2012:

  • Creative
  • Organizational
  • Effective
  • Motivated
  • Extensive Experience
  • Track Record
  • Innovative
  • Responsible
  • Analytical
  • Problem Solving

And for those curious, here are the top 8 most overused buzzwords globally:

  • Creative
  • Motivated
  • Multinational
  • Respnsible
  • Experimental
  • Effective
  • Specialized
  • Analytical