I was reviewing a series of resumes the other day when I came across one that had a series of industry “buzzwords” in it. For the life of me, I had no idea what this person was talking about. So, just as I was about to go to the next resume I thought – no, wait a minute. I’m going to figure this out. So, I went to that source of ALL KNOWLEDGE that every inquiring person goes to, GOOGLE, which, of course, took me to Wikipedia.

So I read the article on that particular phrase, and when I finished, I said to myself, “I have no clue what I just read”! Then I noticed a tag line at the end of the Wikipedia article which said “This article has too many buzzwords!!”

So, back to the resume which sent me to Google in the first place. What was I to do?

There are many, many people in this world who know exactly what you do and how you do it. They will read your resume, smile and nod and be totally illuminated on your skills and goals. But there is also a vast SEA of individuals who just know GENERALLY what you do. These are the people who you hope will pass your resume on to those people who really understand you. That vast SEA might not take the time to go to their on-line or off-line dictionary of choice.

So, try doing a buzzword or jargon check. Oh, I know that in this world of computers, “key word searches” are important. But there will be times when an actual person will look at your resume. Clarify, define or simplify if you can, at least some of those industry phrases. Perhaps you could provide a quick explanation of what you do included with the industry phrase to further explain it in layman’s terms. With so many new terms out there, and new ones coming all the time, this can be very helpful for your reader.

And while you are doing a review of industry buzzwords and jargon, do an acronym check as well.

No…wait, never mind. Don’t get me started on acronyms. That is a subject for another blog.