Resumes and SMEs, Years v. Years'

Subject: Resumes and SMEs, Years v. Years'
From: Kevin Montgomery <kmontgomery -at- LOGICON -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 1997 11:11:48 -0800

On 2/24 Melissa Hunter-Kilmer said:
>...I got several resumes from candidates who looked really good but wrote
>stuff like "two years experience" (should be "two years'
>experience")...

This caught my attention! I decided against using the possessive "years'"
in my resume because the experience is mine, it does not belong to the
time it took to acquire it.

I searched all the references in the office and found no citation
supporting Melissa's preference for "years'". (Of course, I couldn't find
direct support for my position either.) So, I dropped my buddy Melissa a
note. She also could not find a supporting reference. By mutual agreement,
we are throwing the question out to the list: should it be years' or
years?

-Kevin Montgomery
kmontgomery -at- logicon -dot- com

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