I can pretty much guarantee that is the first and last time I will ever utter that phrase in any way, shape or form. I doubt it is something that you hear often, or ever, and if you do I will admit that I would be a little frightened. Unless you and your significant other are both techies and it holds some sort of special meaning, innuendo or – I just don’t want to go there.
The point is, on the whole most people do not get excited to talk techie. I have been having computer issues lately and when I was talking to a friend about it they started getting technical. I had to ask them to stop. I do not understand that language at all! My friend remembered that I am very tech-illiterate and went back to explaining the way you would to a six year old. Which suited me fine – then I could understand!
Job searching is hard enough without you inadvertently closing doors before they open for you. There are a few areas that come into play so let me help you avoid this huge mistake.
Your resume, networking and interviewing are all affected by your language. If you are fluent in a certain industry and are applying for a position within the same industry by all means use the buzzwords, acronyms and phrases that are central to this industry. It shows your level of knowledge, your insight into the industry, you experience and ability to understand the industry as someone on the inside. They will get it – you will speak their language.
If, however, you are targeting a different industry do not speak your native industry lingo – learn the language of the new industry. If you arrive in the city of sales from a technical background you had better learn the language of sales or you will never leave the train station, let alone make it to the interview.
People are drawn to people who are similar to themselves. When I was in college I found a lot of people from the south were drawn to me – even though I was from Indianapolis. For some reason a lot of people think I have a bit of a “southern” accent so it was natural for others who spoke in a similar manner to be drawn to something they recognized.
Like is attracted to like. We feel more comfortable when we are in the company of those that have similar interests or are similar to ourselves. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to adapt to where you want to go. Research the industry, companies within the industry, websites, job postings, blogs, industry journals and LinkedIn profiles. Research anything and everything that you can find on the industry that you want to break into in order that your future comrades will welcome you and feel comfortable in your presence.
Lisa K. McDonald, CPRW
Certified Professional Resume Writer
Career Polish, Inc.