Infographic: Useless corporate buzzwords
Business jargon is terrible, yet certain phrases stubbornly persist.
Here are a handful of the worst perpetrators.
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There are certain words that continually appear in résumés, emails,
websites, intranets and press releases. They might sound professional and
impressive, but terms like “thinking outside the box” and “thought
leadership” jumped the shark long ago.
Employment Background Investigations posted an infographic listing 10 of the most egregious, pervasive corporate buzzword offenders,
and what they really mean. They caution against using vague, hackneyed duds
like “team player” and “strong organizational skills”—which the graphic
translates as “the ability to save documents in a folder.”
“Detail-oriented,” “self-motivated” and “jack of all trades” are on the
naughty list, as is the undisputed heavyweight champion of meaningless
jargon, the dreaded “synergy.”
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You might want to review your LinkedIn profile and résumé after reading the
infographic below. Unless, of course, you are a highly motivated,
innovative wordsmith ninja who never uses mindless jargon.