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"Dynamic," "Deep Dive" and "Leverage" Among Most Overused Buzzwords
MENLO PARK, California /PRNewswire/ — While today’s workplace is awash with buzzwords and cliches, certain terms and phrases are more common ~ and grating ~ than others, according to an Accountemps survey of human resources (HR) managers. "Dynamic," "deep dive" and "leverage" were among the most overused and annoying business buzzwords cited by those polled.
The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 600 HR managers at U.S. and Canadian companies with 20 or more employees.
"Clarity is still king when communicating in the workplace," said Bill Driscoll, New England district president of Accountemps. "Jargon tends to confuse, not clarify. It’s generally best to avoid the tired cliches and trendy buzzwords in favor of clear, straightforward language."
Managers were asked, "What is the most annoying or overused phrase or buzzword in the workplace today?" Their responses included:
++ "Out of pocket"
++ "Deep dive"
++ "Let me get back to you."
++ "Pick your brain"
++ "Employee engagement"
In what may be a sign of both employee burnout and improved job prospects, some of the phrases suggest workers now feel more comfortable venting about their workloads and salaries:
++ "It’s not my job."
++ "It’s above my pay grade."
++ "When am I going to get a raise?"
++ "I am overwhelmed."
++ "Crunch time"
Some buzzwords simply refuse to go away. These well-worn words and sayings also were cited in similar Accountemps surveys conducted in 2004 and 2009:
++ "Think outside the box."
++ "At the end of the day"
++ "Circle back"
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has more than 340 offices worldwide. More resources, including online job search services and the Accountemps blog, can be found at accountemps.com.
The following piece makes for some very interesting reading. Somewhat disturbing but very interesting.
Imagine a world where jobs have been renamed HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) – the work is virtual, the workforce is virtual, and your competition is virtual — so DO NOT live in a high rent district.
Imagine instead of having a job you took a series of tests and employers contacted you to do work based upon your test results, how others rated your performance, and … and your pay depended upon how much the employer really wanted to get things done AND how many other people had applied to do those tasks (supply and demand). Oh yes, one more thing: no benefits, just money.
About your resume – Some basics, important for both beginners and seasoned professionals by Bill Golden, USAJobsBlog.com guru, and CEO of USAJobZoo.com and IntelligenceCareers.com
by Bill Golden
Ever go to a career fair and come away believing that it was a total waste of time?
So you say to yourself: I went looking for opportunities and the recruiting looked me in the face for about 15 seconds and said, “Thank you. We will review your resume. Please go to our website in the meanwhile, search on jobs and apply for those of interest to you.”
Yes, it happens.
Yes, it happens often enough because the blank look that you got from the recruiter was probably equal almost to your own.
… take a moment … take a breath … it’s true, isn’t it?
A great many people get in front of a recruiter at a career fair and just freeze up. They smile, push their resume forward and say something like ‘Hi, my name is ____’ and then the conversation stops … about 5 seconds before you hear: “Thank you. We will review your resume. Please go to our website in the meanwhile, search on jobs and apply for those of interest to you.”
I am absolutely no fan of cover letters. Most are worthless, say nothing, and do nothing for you. Some people even go so far as to put their contact info only on the cover letter, believing that it will somehow magically stay attached to their resume.
However, one of the best ways to get a recruiter’s attention is to have a VERY SIMPLE cover letter that says I am interested in the following positions offered by your company.
Simple means: list the positions + provide your contact info. Your resume should do the rest of the talking.
When meeting a recruiter: ‘Hi, my name is _____. I have a _____ security clearance (or a certification in X, Y and Z) and I am interested in the following kinds of positions: ___, ___, and ___.
Keep it simple, focused and of interest to the recruiter.
Almost every career event publishes in advance the organizations that will be recruiting, and a list of many of the jobs being offered. Do your homework. Even if jobs aren’t listed in advance you can always google the organization and go to their career webpage and get a list of jobs currently being offered.
MCLEAN, VA /PRNewswire/ — With the majority of job searching and recruitment taking place strictly online, it is absolutely necessary to distinguish yourself from the crowd. In this competitive market, even with ideal work experience, glowing references, and an endless catalogue of professional achievements, you can still miss out on your dream job due to these small, yet critical common errors.
Wasting space on experience that does not apply
Resume real estate is both scarce and valuable. Recruiters care most about your recent experiences and accomplishments, so do not waste your efforts and their time on a lengthy description of your college work/study position. Maximize your precious space by crafting a powerful career profile, focusing on what you have accomplished in your last two or three positions. Limiting the number of jobs listed on your resume will allow you to devote more attention to phrasing, tone and keywords. Be sure to start off with content that is truly meaningful and illustrates the essence of who you are as a professional.
Never, ever use your work email address on your resume. This will most assuredly reveal your job search to your current supervisor, putting both you and him/her in an awkward position. Likewise, spending company time and resources to explore your career options is disrespectful, and potential employers are likely to perceive this as a reflection of poor character. The rules are the same for your work phone number–just don’t.
Since you won’t be using your work email address, be sure that the one you use is still professional. Off-the-wall email address such as PelicanKillerNo1@xyz.com and 2CutetoBReal@xyz.com (and yes, these are real email addresses from real job seekers) will not paint an appropriate picture. Keep your address neutral, limiting it to your name or initials and, if necessary a number.
Making the recruiter guess what you do
A generic resume will automatically be deleted or ignored. Potential employers want to know who you are. Once you’ve determined your professional identity, prove to recruiters that you have the skill set and experience that will add value to the position in question. Make sure that each job description is specifically worded to highlight any specific qualifications. Katie Adams, a professional resume writer and career consultant explains, “Concentrate on your abilities and achievements most applicable to the position at hand. Professional resume writers can help you find exceptional ways to present your talents and avoid being so cookie-cutter.”
One easy way to avoid confusion is by including a unique profile or targeted statement briefly describing what you do and what would make you an invaluable employee. Use this space to summarize the talents that your two to three job descriptions illustrate in detail, and highlight those most applicable to the position you seek.
Using that tired, old reference line
Though you might think the phrase “references available upon request” is covering the necessary bases, but the fact is this line is obsolete, and will actually flag job seekers as out-of-touch. There is generally no need to mention your references at all, and they should only be included in the application process if it is explicitly required that you do so. Instead, create a separate reference page that you can present in interviews upon request. It is also important to remember that previous employers are legally not allowed to reveal anything about your term of employment beyond confirmation that you worked for them, and whether you were terminated, part of a layoff, or that you left voluntarily.
Grammar and spelling errors
Typos, misspellings and poor grammar are, unfortunately, fairly common in resumes. Though this seems it should go without saying, have your resume proofread by at least two or three people before sending it out. Many job seekers are nervous or insecure about having others read their resumes. Get over it. Any anxiety you might have over sharing your work experience will be quickly replaced when someone points out that the date is not, in fact, 20012.
Badmouthing your previous employer
Though this particular gaffe is most applicable to cover letters or interviews, it is imperative to avoid at all costs. While it is certainly normal (and common) to harbor some unenthusiastic opinions about your former boss or employee, understand that negativity generates nothing but more negativity. “Divulging these feelings is a recipe for disaster,” says Peggy Padalino of Jobfox, “If a job seeker indicates that he was fired from his previous position because his boss ‘had it out for him,’ so to speak, the implications of this revelation would certainly eliminate him from the running. Think about it. Is this person going to be pleasant to work with? Unlikely. Is this person going to speak poorly of me in the future? Most definitely.”
Founded in 2005 in McLean, Virginia, Jobfox is a leading job search and career-networking site designed to find candidates the right jobs at the best companies. Through a comprehensive skills-based matching system, Jobfox connects thousands of employers to the most qualified individuals, as well as linking job seekers to relevant job opportunities in their fields. With over 1 Million resumes improved, Jobfox is also the largest provider of professionally written resumes online. For more information, visit www.jobfox.com
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IntelligenceCareers.com CEO Bill Golden gives his advice as to what you need to know about resumes.
This video is about more than just structure. Lots of tips and things that you need to know about resumes
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