The Recruiting Buzzwords Every Job Seeker Should Know Don't miss out on a gig due to confusing language in the job posting.


Looking for a job can be a daunting task as job postings often use confusing or vague language. A study found that 17% of applicants skipped applying for a job due to unclear language in the job description. To help job seekers, FlexJobs has created a glossary of terms commonly used in job postings. Some essential vocabulary that job seekers should know includes the chronological resume, compressed workweek, digital nomads, distributed company, nonexempt employee, panel interview, and personal branding. Understanding these terms can help job seekers tailor their resumes and confidently tackle job interviews.

I can provide information on some job search terms. To prioritize working from home, look for keywords in job descriptions like "remote-first" or "remote-friendly". Remote-first companies have mostly remote employees, whereas remote-friendly companies have policies in place that are not fully distributed. A results-only work environment (ROWE) measures productivity instead of hours on the job. Adding a brief summary to your resume is a great way to showcase your experience and qualifications. For a full list of terms, FlexJobs has a glossary available. Additionally, it's helpful to familiarize yourself with annoying corporate jargon once you've secured a job.

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