Welcome to another week of Buzzwords Decoded with Accredible! Last week we cleared up the ruckus around ‘motivation’ and are back again with ‘dynamic’ to take your resume up another notch.
Definition: Merriam-Webster Dictionary
: always active or changing
: having or showing a lot of energy
: of or relating to energy, motion, or physical force
How to Use it Incorrectly
Saying that you are a dynamic person can mean a lot of different things in a lot of different contexts. Usually, ‘dynamic’ refers to something that changes. In the workplace, that may not necessarily be a good thing. Flexibility? Yes. Employee who randomly decides to change his approach to work? No. Are employers really that nitpicky about the word and its exact meaning? Probably not, but if your usage of a word doesn’t click immediately, someone who has mere seconds to look at your resume will just gloss over it and you will have lost an opportunity to make an imprint in their mind.
Unless you have an extensive amount of work experience full of career moves and advances, your resume usually will be limited to 1 page. Cramming your entire personality and life experience onto a single page is difficult and every word is precious. Losing the chance to shine because of a poorly used word in an unfortunate opportunity cost.
How to Use it Properly
Like any overt claim you make about yourself on your resume, it is important to back it up and provide context. If the executive summary of your resume refers to you as a ‘dynamic go-getter’ and never goes back to explain why later, the word is lost and has no meaning. Assuming you absolutely must use the word, talk about how dynamic your ideas were on a project.
Still, ‘dynamic’ is simply an overly vague word. If you mean that you are a flexible person, use ‘flexible’. If you mean energetic, just use ‘energetic’. The person reading your resume is probably a person (or sometimes a computer, but that’s just another reason to keep it simple) who doesn’t use flowery vocabulary themselves in real life. The easier you make it for them to get through your entire resume quickly, the more likely they are to get the impression you originally intended from your application.
‘Dynamic’ is an odd word that doesn’t usually describe a person clearly without direct examples. Even with a lot of context, it can usually be replaced with a much more simple and straightforward term. Just Keep It Simple, Silly!
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