A friend of mine recently shared the MBA Jargon Watch site with me. Unfortunately, many of these terms are used in business by far more people than MBA’s. A couple of highlights:
at the end of the day
Based on the frequency with which they use the phrase, it would seem that members of senior management are required by law to begin every third sentence with “at the end of the day,” a phrase similar in meaning to “when all is said and done.”
Word favored by consultant-types meaning “something learned.” Apparently, “lesson” wouldn’t do despite 500 years of continuous use in the English language.
Reading through this list, I confess to having used a couple of these during my years in corporate life. I try to actively avoid them, though. And when writing a resume or your LinkedIn profile? You should too.
Because jargon isn’t a good substitute for plain English. You want to convey what you have achieved in your career that is relevant to the position to which you are applying for. The more simply you can do so, the more powerful the message will be.