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ou might be a
Y
seasoned, effective
team leader who meets

and exceeds goals and
is detail-oriented. But it
might not be such a good
idea to describe yourself
with those overused
words on a resume.
Resume writing has a
tendency to follow a set
pattern of narrow, trendy
vocabulary, but if you’re
not careful, your resume
can end up using a lot of
big words that don’t really
say anything about you.
To help your message cut
through the clutter, here
are some tips for avoiding
resume writing jargon.
• Use natUral
langUage
The business world has a
habit of overusing some
words to the point that
they become meaningless.
Instead
of
filling
your
résumé
with
popular buzzwords —
“actionable,”
“outside
the box,” “synergy” and
the like — set yourself
apart by writing in a
clear,
concise,
easily
understandable tone.
You want to tout your

Avoiding Jargon

specific accomplishments
that will make you stand
out from other job
applicants. Use exact
numbers and figures where
possible, and use your
resume as a chance to tell
brief but engaging stories
about what skills you can
bring to the organization.
Instead of simply calling
yourself “detail-oriented,”
give a specific example
that proves it.

• FocUs on action
Unless you’re applying to
be an English professor,
your employer probably
doesn’t care about your
vocabulary. Your résumé
and job interview should
put the spotlight on what
you have accomplished,
not the big, flowery words
you may have learned
along the way.
Think about the things
you’ve done in previous

jobs. What are you most
proud of ? Use your resume
to tell about things you’ve
actually
accomplished,
which
means
going
beyond merely describing
yourself as the ideal job
candidate.
• read it oUt loUd
If you’re not sure about
the wording on your
résumé, try reading it out
loud.

If it doesn’t sound natural
when spoken, it’s probably
not going to leave a good
impression with your
future boss.
Keep the writing simple
and conversational to get
your point across clearly.
The
more
awkward,
overused
words
you
choose to use, the less
likely your resume will
stand apart from the
others in the pile.

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