Use Clear and Concise Language When Filling Out the Application

When we often write or talk with others, we sometimes use words and phrases that are very common to us and, unfortunately, have little meaning to the person listening to us or reading the words. When you write your resume, it is important to be clear and understandable. To do so, you should try to stay with terms everyone knows and not stray from the common path.

When you go to make an impression make a good one. Give the impression that you can talk to others in clear and concise language that the majority of people in those positions will be able to understand. Just because the people on the street understand what BOLO is, does not mean that the HR people reading through your resume will understand it the moment they read it. Their minds could be in other places, or it might just be a surprise to see the acronym.

When you write your resume, using fancy acronyms and very specialized words makes you look smarter as much as it makes the other person reading it feel dumb if they don’t know what you’re talking about. Why would I want to hire somebody who makes me feel dumb?

Think about it.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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