Don't Overdo Acronyms and Industry Jargon on Resume


Top Notch Executive Resumes Hiring decision-makers surveyed for the book, Top Notch Executive Resumes identified this as one of their Top 30 Executive Resume Pet Peeves: Resume contains inexplicable acronyms and industry-specific jargon. Here’s an example of a head-spinning array of acronyms and jargon from one resume reviewed for this book. The reader can figure out many of them, but it would so much easier if they were spelled out;
  • Manage the Asia Pacific WCS IT Outsourcing Transition & Transformation Programme Waves 1& 2. This is part of the Global Transition & Transformation Programme, a cluster of 82 major projects over a period of 3 years for an APAC budget of 8.7M Euros, executed by EDS but controlled and monitored by ABN.
  • Transitioned to EDS ~300 Technology staff in Singapore, H Kong , Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai including the ABN Regional Processing Centre on time and within budget.
  • Negotiated Wave 2 T&T budget cost avoidance of 0.5m Euros.
  • Provide direct management support to the A/P Technology CIO & Management Team, encompassing Financial Control Process Co-ordination, Resource Management, Portfolio & Project Control Project (A/P 320 projects with a budget expenditure of ~34M Euros). Responsible for the functional & organizational development of the Global Retained Technology Organization (NTO) and the development of the Global Governance Framework schedule (part of the Global Service Agreement contract).
  • Established & Implemented the Value Management Plan to achieve best practices within WCS Technology.
  • Developed the Global Retained Organization & Functional model on time & within budget.
  • Managed the TOI – WCS (Investment & Commercial Banking) Global IT Operations and Global Change Control Teams.
  • Provided Global Infrastructure Operational Services, defined/set Global Standards and Global IT Processing Services Strategy. This encompassed managing the Global IT Ops/Change Control Teams of > 300 staff and relevant expenditure budgets of >100M Euros.
  • Restructured Global Lotus Notes Ops Team – FTE Savings by 70 % and London Change Control Team-FTE Savings by 35%.
  • Implemented Automation and AS/400 LPAR technologies to reduce RPC Singapore & Amsterdam Operational Costs by 25%.
  • Negotiated a new TCO with IBM in Singapore with a cost savings of over 2.3M Sing. Dollars.
  • Expanded Singapore RPC Processing Services Capabilities to establish a Centre of excellence.
  • Established ISAP Global Change Control TAT Acceptance Criteria Policy & Standards.
  • Established Global IT Processing Services Strategy / Business Model.
  • Developed the WCS Global SLOs and Major Contributor of the first TOI Service Catalogue
“Acronyms that are company-specific need to be reworked into a generic description of the same type that is easily understandable to those outside of that environment,” advised Melissa Holmes, senior technical recruiter, at Levi, Ray & Shoup Consulting Services, Springfield, IL.
See all 30 peeves: executive resume peeves 1-10 in Part 1, executive resume peeves 11-20 in Part 2 and executive resume peeves 21-30 in Part 3.