Re: pronouns in resumes

Subject: Re: pronouns in resumes
From: Erik Hare <wabbitoid47 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2009 11:41:19 -0700 (PDT)

In my constant search for work, I often ask recruiters about resume style. I have yet to find one that cares all that much. They look for skills and experience, which I lay out as efficiently as possible.

The problem with banning pronouns is that it creates a tendency toward passive voice. "I initiated experiments that proved" becomes "Experiments were initiated, proving". Active verbs are by far the most compelling, and if they require a pronoun then by all means a pronoun is called for.

Naturally, I'm at the lower end of the spectrum and my experience may be different. I submit the best writing samples I have and use active voice to directly and concisely stake my claim. If that's not how it is done at the highest levels I suppose I will be forever scratching.

Erik Hare


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