Resume Buzz Words

Where Buzzwords Fit In Your Resume


Where do buzzwords fit into your resume? Read this post to find out!

Related: Optimizing Your Resume With Keywords

Compare these two statements:

  • “Proactive leader of manufacturing teams.”
  • “Achieved a 20% increase in productivity by reorganizing manufacturing teams.”

The first statement uses the buzzword “proactive” but is unsupported by facts.

The second statement would light up the eyes of any manufacturing executive or recruiter.

Every time buzzwords take over from substantial fact, your resume becomes weaker, until it could apply to any job applicant anywhere. But your goal is to stand out, to become the one candidate everyone wants to meet. To achieve, that, you have to throw out the buzzwords and become specific.

Compare these two statements:

  • “Expert in the use of state-of-the-art technology to design fully functional websites.”
  • “Designed corporate website using Joomla for $4 million company.”

The second sentence is three words shorter but a whole lot more impressive. When you avoid buzzwords in your resume, you create room for the facts that will win you your next job.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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Robin Schlinger

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  1. Use buzzwords and details! For example “Achieved a 20% increase in productivity by proactively reorganizing manufacturing teams.” Might also want to mention in there that you were the leader, not just a grunt.

  2. Maybe this will help…
    Buzzwords; also known as “Jargon”. Jargon is terminology of a special occupational or social group. In other words, language used by people who work in a particular area or who have a common interest. It’s a kind of shorthand to express ideas that are frequently discussed between members of a group or among practitioners of a field. In many cases the use of jargon/buzzwords can cause barriers in communication with those not familiar with the group or field. For example java is a buzzword related to computing.

    Keywords are words that occur in text more often than we would expect to occur by chance. Keywords are calculated by carrying out a statistical test which compares the word frequencies in a text. For example, if the word “Java” is used in a Computer Programmer job description three times, “java” is a job description “keyword”. The employer has listed the word “java” several times because it’s important or key to the list of qualifiers for the job. So if you’re a Computer Programmer and java is relevant to your experience, you would be wise to include the keyword “java” in your resume. can help you unlock the mystery of resume keywords.

  3. I am now very confused between buzz words and key words. In my line of work there is very little opportunity to make a significant contribution or a noteworthy achievement to put on a resume. This is because the daily tasks are the same day after day with almost no change. I have had to seek out other opportunities and challenges to try to make these achievements or accomplishments. Any suggestions on how i can do this?

  4. Interesting article. I am now very confused between the use of buzz words and keywords to describe accomplishments or achievements. In my field there are very little opportunity to do either. I have had to seek out activities that are beyond my scope of responsibilities that could result in an achievement or accomplishment beyond the same daily rotine for extended periods of time. What can you suggest that I use in this case that will get the attention of a perspective employer?

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