Welcome to another week of Buzzwords Decoded with Accredible! Last week we cleared up the ruckus around ‘dynamic’ and are back again with ‘synergy’ to take your resume up another notch.
Definition: Merriam-Webster Dictionary
1: synergism; broadly : combined action or operation
2: a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or elements (as resources or efforts)
How to Use it Incorrectly
Synergy is pretty much what happens when two things are combined to make something better – at least that’s what its supposed to mean. The ‘synergy’ of ‘your leadership with your innovative team’s dynamic skills’ bringing about a positive change on your project is just a long and annoying way to say that you led a solid team to achieve an awesome outcome – which can be shortened to you being a good leader. Period.
Whenever a word is unnecessary, it is being used incorrectly. More often than not, ‘synergy’ can be replaced with ‘teamwork’ or ‘together’ which are words that are heard more often in conversation and are therefore easier for the brain to process and move on from. Throwing ‘synergy’ on your resume for the sake of showing off your beautiful corporate jargon will bring about a few sniggers and the trash pile.
How to Use it Properly
Just don’t. ‘Synergy’ could still belong in a high-level corporate meeting when discussing a merger or acquisition, but there are very few ways it could work on your resume. If you are trying to talk about the synergy of your dedication to maintaining a certain profit and passion for green initiatives, just use ‘and’. If you want to mention leading a synergy of two teams within your company, just use ‘collaboration’.
Synergy is not a word used in everyday conversation, so it will likely force a recruiter to pause on your resume, think about the word, and then move on after wasting precious time necessarily. Any reader should be able to glide through your resume as though they are reading a story. Words or phrases that make them stop and think about the term instead of the accomplishment its describing is useless.
Don’t use ‘synergy’ unless you have a really, really good reason for it. It will either get snickered at or ignored – neither of which are desirable reactions to your resume!
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