They are everywhere. Jargon du jour or Buzzwords tend to pop up incessantly and often when you least want to hear them. You’re not alone, others don’t want to hear them either! I have 3 useful references to help keep your communication jargon free.
Creative, analytical and self-starter – these are just some of the buzzwords Australian & New Zealand based Job Seekers and Career Changers love to use in their resumes or LinkedIn profiles to make them stand out from the crowd. Of course, it doesn’t help that every other user is doing the same.
If you are in job search mode or if you are checking the radar for your next career move, updating your LinkedIn profile and your resume are usually first on the To Do list. After all, it’s all about the right profile and we all want to ensure that future employers discover our real potential.
But wait, if you want to do yourself justice, sounding the same and looking the same as everyone else does not differentiate you.
The use of jargon and buzzwords is ok to a certain extent. To me, using jargon is a bit of a crutch – something to hide behind – if you know what I mean. I can’t help it, but I always get the impression that jargon is used in job ads, job applications and even in workplaces to hide the fact that someone may not know what they are actually talking about or couldn’t be bothered putting some real thought into it.
So, if you want to make a lasting impression, I suggest that you refrain from using jargon and buzzwords as much as possible and instead use plain – clear language, both verbally and in any of your documentation or online profiles. You will improve your chances of being understood immensely.
If you are forced to use or interpret buzzy jargon as part of a job ad or an upcoming interview, use some of the 3 helpers listed below.
In the meantime refresh your social media profiles or sharpen up your resume so you can improve your competitive edge and when you are out there job seeking remember to hunt wisely.
3 Useful Recruiting, Human Resource and LinkedIn Jargon Busters
- If you want to break through some of the Australian human resource jargon go to the HR Dictionary from Lacoa Workforce
- If you want the comprehensive recruiting jargon buster version of anything related to your potential contract, check out the ‘Know the Deal Jargon Buster’ from the NSW Industrial Relations
- If you want to save the time finding out what not to use in your LinkedIn profile, check out the 15 Jargon terms you need to stop putting on LinkedIn