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Drop the Shop Talk and Jargon from your Resume

Like police and doctors, every industry has a language all its own. Be sure to keep too much jargon from derailing your resume.

Like police and doctors, every industry has a language all its own. Be sure to keep too much jargon from derailing your resume. (J D Mack, CC3.0)

Every industry has its own language. Law enforcement talks about “perps” and “10-37’s;” doctors refer to “baseline testing” and say “Stat;” and technology executives speak in a code all their own.

Fluency in your job’s native tongue might be important to a manager during an interview, but too much shop talk can get you into trouble on your resume, especially, if you are trying to change jobs or switch industries.

Ken Moore, a certified professional resume writer who works with TheLadders recently helped a marketing executive cut the jargon from his resume as he applied to jobs across several industries.

Ted, who asked that his real name not be used, had worked in a wide array of industries since 1974, including a religious music recording label and book publisher. His resume got lost in details from each and every job and there was no way for a hiring manager to relate his experience to a job outside that field, Moore said.

Instead of highlighting details specific to each industry on Ted’s resume, Moore highlighted achievements that any industry could relate to, brand consolidation, improved procedures and increases in revenue.

That doesn’t mean to avoid industry terminology all together, Ted ¬†told reporter Don Sears. “Make sure to tailor your resume for each job and insert industry-specific terminology if you are applying for a job where you’ve had that experience. You need to tweak your resume for every job you are applying to.”

But don’t lose them on details an terminology from past jobs that the hiring manager won’t understand.

(Resume Jargon by J D Mack, CC3.0)

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