Washington is the nation’s worst offender when it comes to using too much jargon |



Cloud first, blue sky reflection, granulation, growth hacking.

Unfortunately, when it comes to abusing this kind of jargon in job postings, Washington State is the nation’s biggest offender.

A recent analysis of 6.3 million online job descriptions posted in the US, UK, Canada and Australia in April by the online publishing tool Canva found 40 commonly used phrases such as ” team player “,” basic skill “and” take it. ” at the upper level.

He revealed that Washington is the most prolific state in the country when it comes to jargon-filled job postings. Of 1,000 jobs in Washington, 593 of them contained code-like acronyms, technical babble or business buzzwords that are used and understood in certain occupations, but vague, overused, or difficult to understand for the average person.

The occupations most likely to use jargon in advertisements are information technology, marketing, finance and business, human resources and media, according to the analysis.

Jargon can play a legitimate role in help announcements, according to Michael Handford, professor of applied linguistics at Cardiff University.

“If I write an ad and the phrase ‘the candidate must have expertise in corpus linguistics and be fluent in R’ then that jargon will play a very important and justifiable gatekeeper role – that’s what the job demands. , so there is no point in applying if you don’t have these skills. I don’t think anyone has a problem with that kind of jargon, ”he said.

But the jargon relating to a particular state of mind (“doer”, “self-starter”, “go-getter”, “team player”) or a desire to play the role from the start (“hit the ground running “,” Proven track record “,” proactive “,” take it to the next level “), or a set of terms that are business clichés about intelligence, problem-solving skills and creativity (” laser-focused “Thinking outside the box”, “blue sky thinking”, “thought shower”, “onion peeling”) is different, he said.

“I imagine a lot of people would find this latter group related to creativity… as particularly egregious, if not ridiculous,” he said.

Remember, he said, the purpose of a job posting is to attract potential employees, not to discourage them.


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