The Job Seeker’s Lexicon


You’re encouraged to explain your science in plain language, but somehow that rule doesn’t seem to apply to people with positions to fill. Job advertisements, companies, recruiters, and interviewers are all guilty of using jargon. Below are some of the terms you might encounter as you search and interview for jobs. I’ve given short definitions for each term and, in most cases, links to articles in the Science Careers archive that will give you a more detailed explanation.

Job advertisements, companies, recruiters, and interviewers are all guilty of using jargon.

Have you come across other job-search jargon that’s left you confused? E-mail it to [email protected] Perhaps there will be enough for a Part Two!

Images. Top: Elektra Noelani Fisher. Middle: Kelly Krause.

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