Applicants of all kinds – MBA, job, whatever – all types of BSers often have this annoying habit of trotting out million-dollar words when writing their resumes and cover letters. It’s worst with bschool essays.
EssaySnark has compiled a list of words that nobody uses in everyday language, but which they pepper into their MBA apps all the time. Yeah, annoying – and transparent. Can you say “trying too hard”?
If you wouldn’t use the word in everyday speech, it doesn’t belong in your essay.
In no particular order:
- piqued – even worse, when misspelled as “peaked” or “peeked”
- liaised – just like with “piqued”: do you actually talk this way?
- business acumen – this one is truly a pet peeve
- stint – this word minimizes the thing you’re referencing and could even trivialize it – which is rarely what you’re after when you’re describing your work history (or even worse, your goals)
- successfully – not a sin, but typically, usage is redundant
- passion – also not a sin on its own, but quite overused, and it works better when it’s demonstrated instead of professed
- honed (as in “skills”) – added 10/24/14 after seeing it twice in one day
Please avoid these, they stick out so severely.
We’ll be adding to this list as
you BSers present more dud words inspiration strikes.