Buzzwords for Job Seekers

Posted: 06.01.2020
Buzzwords for Job Seekers

Have you ever come across a word or a phrase during your job search and you aren’t quite sure what it means? Or are you trying to freshen up your resume, but you aren’t sure which keywords to use?

Click here to view this YouTube episode where President Marc Belaiche talks about some buzzwords every job seeker should know.

“C” Level: This refers to a position within the executive level like Chief Financial Officer or Chief Executive Officer.

Specialized: This is someone who has a specific area of expertise or skills set within a broader discipline. For example, a person could specialize in digital marketing or social media coordination within the general field of marketing.

Detail-oriented: When an employer includes this in the job description, they are looking for someone who has a careful eye and it could be as simple as being able to proofread documents and find spelling or grammatical errors.

Working independently: This means an employer is looking for someone who doesn’t need to be supervised on an on-going basis like taking on a specific task or project and working on it on their own.

Excellent communication skills: Generally, this means that you are proficient in writing e-mails, letters, conversing with clients professionally, and presenting documents. For example, someone in sales would require excellent communication skills to pitch sale ideas and close deals.

Competitive salary/hourly rate: This means that a company has done its research and is aware of the appropriate range in pay for that position based off market rate.

Fast paced environment: If you see this in a job description, this means an employer is looking for someone who can handle multiple tasks at once with various deadlines and won’t slow the workflow process down.

Growth opportunity: This could refer to opportunities where you move up in seniority or your role could move up in compensation, title, or scope of work.

Team player: This is someone who is able to able to work well with others to brainstorm ideas and complete different tasks and projects in the workplace.

Action words: This refers to words or phrases you could use in your resume that help recruiters better understand what you did in your last position. Some examples are:
  • Facilitated
  • Exercised
  • Launched
  • Negotiated
  • Achieved
  • Presented
Using words or phrases like expert, motivated, skilled, or creative are not specific enough. Something like “Presented monthly social media analytics to my manager and suggested improvements” sounds a lot better than “Skilled at presenting.”

Want more job tips from Marc? Click here to check out the YouTube Channel for more!

Written by Sandra Toth, Marketing Coordinator, is a full-service recruitment organization, including Website, Career Fairs, full-service Recruitment Division and Outplacement Services. The local focus and advanced features make a vital asset for both job seekers and employers within the Greater Toronto Area. Visit our Online Career Centre for additional articles on Career Development, Personal Branding and more!
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