RE: pronouns in resumes

Subject: RE: pronouns in resumes
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Erik Hare" <wabbitoid47 -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 07:58:26 -0600

Erik Hare wrote:

> > From: Combs, Richard <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
> > I dislike both those options. Eons ago, I was taught to
> > write experience
> > descriptions using sentences with an implied subject (I):
> Isn't an implied subject a form of passive voice?

Absolutely not. Please see or
a good grammar book.

> It is certainly an example of the root of the problem, which is the
lack of
> a Formal form in the English language. In German, for example, we
> have all the usual tools of language available to us as long as we
> "Sie". In Spanish, it's "usted". We don't have those options, so we
> to mess around with fairly artificial ways of dancing around the

The English equivalent of German's formal second person pronoun, "Sie,"
is "you." The English equivalent of German's informal "Du" is "thou."
Most English speakers stopped using the informal second person pronouns
(thou, thee, thine) some time ago, and use only the formal.

But far from the root of the problem, it's totally irrelevant. No one
writes resumes in the second person.


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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