The Resume Workbook addresses a short list of "legitimate abbreviations" such as Y-on-Y and $90K or $1.3M for currency or value.
My profession is littered with alphabet soup all over the place and in the interest of space, I'd like to use them where feasible but I've been in the profession so long that I've kind of lost sight of what's understandable to a recruiter (rather than a Controller, HR VP, someone familiar with Payroll.)
In the context of Payroll and leading teams in a service-oriented organization, here's what I'm looking at:
- SHRM (as in "received certification from")
- ABIS (in the context of an "Implementation Specialist" role)
I've already taken the first step and spelled out Payroll Service Rep (in lieu of PSR) but all of these are effectively three words each and that equals valuable space. Using each acronym once uses 68 characters (or 85 with spaces). Spelling each of them out just once uses 471 characters (or 530 with spaces.) That's a huge delta. I'm thinking that a few are just outright within the realm of any professional (especially a recruiter) - specifically: HQ, HR, COBRA, FMLA, FLSA, ERISA, HIPAA, FTE.
Thoughts? Suggestions? I'm working on getting my resume spit-shined so that I can hit the pavement hard next week.