Will Your Resume Readers Understand Your Jargon? Best to Avoid it


We invited 15 of the top career and job-search experts — our Quintessential Careers Career Masterminds — to share their advice with our readers as part of Quint Careers’s 15th anniversary. We asked them (among six other questions): What are the most common strategic mistakes you see on job-seeker resumes? (See all their responses here.) We’re running a series of responses; here’s one of them: Using lingo that only people from your college or company can understand. For example, Interpersonal Communication 102 doesn’t mean ANYTHING to me. Neither does “lead APT team project for BU group.” Make sure you use common terms. Also, remember that spelling and grammar count. Keep your verbs active and in parallel tenses. Finally, quantify, quantify, quantify. I need to know how much money you saved the company/managed/billed out/sold; I want to know how many members on your team, how many clients you had, how many calls you took in your call center. Give me the facts!
      — Maureen Crawford Hentz