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Junk the Jargon! (Infographic)

“We should touch base by the close of play to make sure we give 110 per cent going forward” 

We all know at least one person who trots out those meaningless sayings in the office on a daily basis. In fact, a new study has found that 1 in 5 employees (about 19%) admit taking on the role of ‘office waffler’ in a misguided attempt to impress their colleagues. While the average worker is left irritated at least ten times a day by waffling phrases such as ‘touch base’ and ‘close of play‘.

But jargon isn’t just annoying, according to the following infographic from Monster, it can also be exceptionally damaging to a recruiter’s candidate response and application rates. And for job seekers, it can mean the difference between getting hired and having your CV tossed on the proverbial scrap heap!

So stay tuned to discover the different reasons why jargon is detrimental to both recruiters and job seekers, and how, by using it, we’re only fooling ourselves:


Top Takeaways for Recruiters:

  • Three quarters of all job seekers surveyed see jargon used in job ads on a regular basis.
  • 1 in 3 of them find it confusing, 14% find it intimidating, and as a result 57% (almost 60%!) are put off applying for the role the ad is advertising.
  • 2 in 5 job seekers see job titles they don’t understand on a regular basis and, as a result, 64% say they will not apply for the role (even if it is actually relevant to them!).
  • Watch your spelling! 23% of job seekers complain about obvious spelling mistakes in job ads.

Bottom line:

The vast majority of job seekers are put off by the use of jargon in job ads. So, if you think that using technical, industry jargon will reel in your dream candidate, think again. Candidates will actively avoid applying for roles that are described using jargon, so ditch it!

Top Takeaways for Candidates:

  • 54% of recruiters are frequently irritated by CV/resumé jargon.
  • Most recruitment agents, search consultants and HR managers won’t be overly familiar with the jargon used in your industry or field. Therefore, including jargon in your resumes, especially when applying through an agency, can create confusion and can mean that you miss out on being selected for an interview.
  • Watch it lads! Men are the worst for CV/resumé jargon.
  • NEVER write a CV/resumé in the 3rd person.
  • Text speak is a complete non-no.

Bottom line:

Recruiters and employers will not be won over by jargon. If you think that filling up your resume with jargon is enough to impress an employer and win you an interview, you should rethink your resume writing approach. Recruiters and employers will be able to see through any jargon tactics’ you are using and will most likely be unimpressed with your efforts.


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