Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 3 of 4 1 2 3 4
Re: Thanks for touching base #83158
10/19/02 02:22 PM
10/19/02 02:22 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 197
cary, nc, usa
X
xara Offline
member
xara  Offline
member
X
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 197
cary, nc, usa
To me "buzzword" has a mostly negative connotation.

I'm not so sure about this. My husband is currently looking for employment. All the recruiters he talks to keep telling him to put more buzzwords into his resume. They seem to prefer the buzzwords to sentences.

Of course, it could be that they're all idiots and don't understand anything but buzzwords.


Birds of a feather flock together #83159
10/19/02 05:49 PM
10/19/02 05:49 PM
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 2,661
Chicago
musick Offline
Carpal Tunnel
musick  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 2,661
Chicago
xara - Does your husband want to fly with that flock?

Ya gotta do watcha gotta do...


Re: Herding cats #83160
10/19/02 10:04 PM
10/19/02 10:04 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 771
Portland, Oregon
Fiberbabe Offline
old hand
Fiberbabe  Offline
old hand
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 771
Portland, Oregon
I dunno. But I just heard a variant the other day (can't remember from whom) - "It's like bagging fog." Same story. Both of them provide a great visual.


Re: Herding cats #83161
10/19/02 10:12 PM
10/19/02 10:12 PM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Vermont
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Buffalo Shrdlu  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Vermont
or like "teaching a pig to sing"...



formerly known as etaoin...
buzzwords in resumes #83162
10/20/02 01:54 PM
10/20/02 01:54 PM
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 3,467
Marion NC
TEd Remington Offline
Carpal Tunnel
TEd Remington  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Joined: Jul 2000
Posts: 3,467
Marion NC
Pardon me for not putting the little markes over the "e"s in resume.

The reason for using the buzzwords is that resumes are no longer examined by human beings in many places. They use computers to look for the buzzwords that the hiring person has specified.

I know this first hand because I have been told by our HR people that I was highly qualified for a position but was not referred for interview because the program, Resumix, I think, did not find the words the manager had asked for.

That's when I decided I'd had enough of the bullshit. I don't have the time, energy, or inclination to play guessing games with someone who's stupider than I am. My last day willbe January 10, notwithstanding the fact that we know Peggy's employment is going away March 31.

It looks as though we'll be living in western NC by this time next year. I hope they have internet access!

TEd



TEd
Re: buzzwords in resumes #83163
10/21/02 01:40 PM
10/21/02 01:40 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,346
Sussex, England
F
FishonaBike Offline
veteran
FishonaBike  Offline
veteran
F
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,346
Sussex, England
My last day will be January 10

Hey, happy retirement then, TEd!

Lucky sod.


Re: Herding cats #83164
10/21/02 01:44 PM
10/21/02 01:44 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 6,296
Piedmont Region of Virginia, U...
W
Wordwind Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Wordwind  Offline
Carpal Tunnel
W
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 6,296
Piedmont Region of Virginia, U...
In reply to:

or like "teaching a pig to sing"...


I heard on CNN this weekend "like trying to put socks on a rooster."


Re: Herding cats #83165
10/21/02 01:50 PM
10/21/02 01:50 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,346
Sussex, England
F
FishonaBike Offline
veteran
FishonaBike  Offline
veteran
F
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,346
Sussex, England
"It's like bagging fog."

Dunno, FB, I think "herding cats" is a much better visual, especially if you're talking about trying to get a bunch of people to pull together. Says something about the people involved as well as about the futility of the task.

"Bagging fog" just implies the futility, although it does imply that very well.

"It's like giving a cat a pill" would be another good description of a futile task - one that would probably result in injury to all non-cats present.


Re: Herding cats #83166
10/22/02 11:28 PM
10/22/02 11:28 PM
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,773
Sparteye Offline
Pooh-Bah
Sparteye  Offline
Pooh-Bah
Joined: Jan 2001
Posts: 1,773
I think "herding cats" is a much better visual, especially if you're talking about trying to get a bunch of people to pull together. Says something about the people involved as well as about the futility of the task.

I used the "herding cats" metaphor until this June, when Wappaloo experience taught me that "it's like trying to organize AWADers" is much more evocative.



Re: Herding cats #83167
10/23/02 04:20 AM
10/23/02 04:20 AM
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 10
R
redpepper Offline
stranger
redpepper  Offline
stranger
R
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 10
"it's like trying to organize AWADers"
Quite right, Sparteye. AWADers are much easier to herd than to organize.


Page 3 of 4 1 2 3 4

Moderated by  Jackie 

Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,883
Posts224,826
Members9,056
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
Nikki1221, Veezkneez, LOC, Luna, wordie
9056 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 36 guests, and 3 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
LOC 1
Top Posters(All Time)
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,538
LukeJavan8 9,156
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2018 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1.1
(Release build 20180111)
Page Time: 0.020s Queries: 13 (0.004s) Memory: 3.1789 MB (Peak: 3.3594 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2018-06-18 11:30:25 UTC