Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Time to Retire Abbreviations and Acronyms from Your Business Vocabulary

I started my day today with a collaboration call with a former Human Resource Director friend who now runs an HR consulting company.  We’re building the foundation plans for a series of books where my experience recruiting on the outside of organizations meets Mike’s experience of managing talent acquisition processes on the inside of large global organizations.

Our conversation briefly turned to the topic of technology resumes.  Mike asked me to summarize my resume writing methodology into just a few words.  

I did better than that.  I summarized my methodology into the word Translation.

To make my point with Mike, I threw out a few buzzwords that he knew like SOX and GLBA.  I then started talking about PCI and Mike immediately stopped me.  What’s PCI he asked?

Here is a career Human Resources executive who doesn’t know what PCI stands form. My point was made and the conversation needed to go no further.

Once I explained what PCI was and translated the acronym into full words that Mike could easily understand, our conversation continued to roll again.  This is exactly what happens when a technology professional at any level puts their resume in front of an HR Executive, a CFO, COO, Controller and a bunch of other people who don't speak the language of a technologist.

If you want to create a resume that makes the right first impression, a resume that can be easily consumed by the resume’s audience and a resume that opens doors, you have to write your resume in a language that is easily understood by anyone who might read your resume in the future.

For technology professionals, one of the keys to making the right first impression is to communicate in a language that is common to the person who is reviewing your resume.'s Security Recruiter Blog