The French are "dynamic," Indians are "effective," Italians are "problem solvers," and people from Singapore have a "great track record" -- at least by their own accounts. The professional network LinkedIn just released the most popular buzzwords on users' profiles for the past year, and reveals the different qualities that various nationalities are emphasizing to employers, and the qualities that Americans also are highlighting this year, compared to 2010.
The most popular word that American professionals used to describe themselves in 2011 was "creative," which didn't even make the top 10 last year. Perhaps this is due to the death of Steve Jobs, whose many eulogies reminded Americans of the power of outside-the-box thinking. Or maybe it's because of the steady growth of tech companies like Zappos, Groupon, Facebook and Google, which are known to seek out employees with technical skills sprinkled with quirk and imagination.