When conversing with someone, the last thing you need is having to either understand monosyllabic grunts or a Shakespearean soliloquy. Well, your resume is holding a conversation with the reader in your absence and you want to be sure that it is holding the attention of the reader. An often overlooked area of importance is verbiage sophistication.
When it comes to verbiage used throughout your resume. You want to be sure that it matches your audience. For instance, if you have a medical background, you may use complex terminology if applying for a position where the reader will be physicians or medical technicians. However, if applying for a position outside of the medical field, you would likely want to tone down the medical verbiage for fear of losing your reader.
Additionally, the overall phrasing should also fit the audience. Short and choppy four- to six-word sentences may be okay for a high school student looking for a part-time job in the neighborhood hardware store, but not for the candidate seeking the Senior VP position at an international banking institution.
As always, it’s all about your reader. Keep them engaged and the phone will soon ring with an interview offer on the other end of the line. Just remember that your local certified resume writer is skilled in determining this if you find it troublesome.