I have a few pet peeves in my life. Ok, several actually, but only one that will make me stop sourcing, scream, and then run over here and actually write an entire blog post about it.
Maybe it's just me. Maybe I've read too much Lynne Truss. Maybe I just need to get over myself and get with the program.
But I can't. I love language and expression and to see this one sin OVER AND OVER again is enough to drive me crazy. Which admittedly is a very short trip (I am a recruiter after all!).
So Melissa, what is it? What has you so riled up that you've already wasted about three hundred characters?
These are words that I find on resumes that simply do not exist.
The words that drove me to this today: SOLUTIONING and IDEATION.
Seriously? These are not words. It's not even jargon! Do you think you sound smarter when you make up stuff like this? The worst offenders of this are newly minted 25 year old MBAs. These words usually come after the line "possess business acumen". And don't get me started on THAT one....
Alas, I think I'm alone here. And I know I will finally succumb to the pressures of these made up words eventually. I used to call, or email, but now I "reach out". I shouldn't misunderestimate the power of a living language.
And so you know, hitting the post button, while looking at the little red squiggle under those words, makes my heart die a little....