Buzzwords to Avoid in Your Job Listings

Does “We’re seeking a superstar, self-starter who is flexible” make you cringe? If so, read on.

Over the years in recruitment, I’ve seen and have been guilty of writing my fair share of job listings packed with buzzwords and jargon. They are used so often the job description begins to become meaningless. It’s a shorthand that’s hard to abandon, especially when you’re crunched for time to get your job listings posted.

Here are 40 boring buzzwords, along with alternatives that will excite potential new hires. When your phrasing stands out from the crowd, job seekers will pay attention… and apply!

COMMONLY USED JOB LISTING CLICHES

Instead of this cliche → try using this instead

  • Additional duties, tasks and responsibilities as needed/as assigned → Jumps in on extra projects
  • BA required → Degree preferred
  • Balance/juggle/handle multiple projects → Seamlessly shifts gears
  • Collaborative → Cooperative
  • Communication skills/Strong communicator → Candid, vocal, open, honest
  • Competitive salary → List actual salary range
  • Conceptualize → Dream up
  • Creative/Innovative → Original
  • Deadline-driven → On time, all the time
  • Detail-oriented/attention to detail → Conscientious
  • Digitally fluent/digital native → Tech savvy
  • Dynamic → Flexible
  • Entrepreneurial → Pioneering
  • Evangelist → Enthusiast
  • Execute/Implement → Make it happen
  • Fast-paced → Busy
  • Flexible hours → Be specific about what this means for your workplace
  • Go-getter → Takes initiative
  • Guru → Visionary
  • He/She → You
  • Include salary requirements → List actual salary range
  • Interpersonal skills → Plays well with others
  • Jedi → Gifted
  • Multi-tasker → Adaptable
  • Ninja → Skilled
  • Optimize → Improve
  • Organizational skills → Methodical, efficient
  • Passionate → Deeply committed
  • Positive attitude → Unflappable
  • Proven ability/proven track record → Experience
  • Results-oriented → Follows through
  • Rock star → Top of your game
  • Salary commensurate with experience → List actual salary range
  • Self-starter/self-motivated → Ambitious, driven
  • Standard Equal Employment Opportunity language → Rewrite in your own words to explain why EEO is important to your company
  • Synergize → Cooperate
  • Team player → Relationship builder
  • Wizard → Expert
  • Works well independently and with a team → Succeeds in solo or group projects
  • Written and verbal communication skills → Write and speak with ease

Original list: https://www.mediabistro.com/employer/blog/job-descriptions/an-exhaustive-list-of-jargon-cliches-and-buzzwords-to-avoid-in-your-job-listings/

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