Ever heard a coworker use a buzzword at work as your brain squints trying to determine what on earth this person is talking about? If so, you are not alone, and according to Brett Good, senior district president of global staffing firm Robert Half International (Accountemps‘ corporate parent company), there are certain buzzwords people ought not use at work or on their resumes.
According to Good, the list of buzzwords to avoid are as follows:
- In transition
- Go offline
- End of the Day
- Cant’ wrap one’s head around
- KPI (Key Performance Indicators)
- Low-hanging fruit
- Human capital
- Skill Set/Fit
- Knowledge Economy
To be honest, this isn’t what we had in mind when we hear the term “buzzwords,” perhaps because terms like “in transition” and “end of day” seem not like buzzwords, so much as real terms, but hey, Good is the one in charge of a hiring firm, not us! “Low-hanging fruit” and “human capital,” however, do seem like rather ambiguous and awkward terms to throw out there. Low-hanging fruit? Wha’??
For the full explanation as to why one should avoid these terms, get the full breakdown here.