Why you should be wary of jargon on your CV

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Writing a CV isn’t an easy task. Not only do you need to highlight your experience in a concise way, you also need to showcase your skills, abilities and qualifications without writing an essay.

When you really want a job, it can be tempting to delve into a thesaurus to jazz up your resume and try to impress an employer. But being too verbose and using too much unnecessary jargon can actually hinder your chances of landing an interview.

Your CV is the first thing an employer or recruiter is likely to see when going through applications, so getting it right is essential if you want to get a foot in the door.

“Even though your CV is the most important part of your application, the time a recruiter or

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Some former Triller employees are wary of monthly active user count

  • Short-form-video app Triller, a TikTok rival, touted massive user growth last year that some former employees believe was inflated.
  • When Triller announced a fundraise in October 2019, it said it had grown 500% organically year over year to 13 million monthly active users.
  • Six former Triller employees said 13 million MAUs was more than five times what they were seeing on some internal metrics. One provided a screenshot that showed closer to 2 million MAUs.
  • In August, Triller threatened to sue a third-party app analytics company, Apptopia, for providing estimates of Triller’s app downloads that contradicted the company’s publicly reported numbers. 
  • Triller CEO Mike Lu said the former employees were “disseminating inaccurate information” to Business Insider. “We can validate each and every one of our 239M plus [users].”
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If you read the trail of statements made by Triller in recent weeks, the short-form-video

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BP Bets Future on Green Energy, but Investors Remain Wary


PLC has unveiled the most aggressive plans yet by a major oil company to pivot toward cleaner energy. But the revamp has so far failed to ignite enthusiasm among investors despite growing interest in renewables.

The British energy giant’s strategy—the biggest overhaul in its 111-year history—calls for a 40% reduction in oil-and-gas production over the coming decade, greater investment in low-carbon energy and a ramp-up in wind and solar power. No other major oil company has targeted such a steep decline in their main source of profit.

“Our new strategy is going to transform BP into a very different company, not overnight…but fast,” new Chief Executive Bernard Looney told investors this month at an event detailing the plans. He acknowledged there were “a few concerns, some skepticism and even a few myths” about the overhaul.

The 50-year-old BP lifer, who took the helm in February, said the company would

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