Tuesday Tip: Don’t overuse jargon

The importance of populating your resume and LinkedIn profile with relevant keywords can’t be stressed enough. However, you shouldn’t expect an HR Manager to be well-versed in all the technical intricacies of your job. With hundreds of resumes landing on their desks each day, they simply don’t have time to look up unfamiliar terms and abbreviations.

Therefore, it’s a good idea to make the job-related jargon understandable for laypeople. For example, spell out the technical terms the first time you mention them and use abbreviations later on in the document. Otherwise, you’re risking not getting past the first gatekeeper.