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Old 09-24-2010, 01:26 AM
 
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I know you wouldn't write a resume in the second person but which person tense is better, first or third?
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I don't use pronouns such as "I designed....".

For my current job I use present tense if applicable "Authoring requirements management plan...." or for previous jobs, past tense "Implemented process improvement which reduced cycle time by.....".

I think this is called the passive voice.
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I know you wouldn't write a resume in the second person but which person tense is better, first or third?
Most certainly, third person is out of the question: For example, "He/She directed the authorship of 100 books in three years." This is not common by convention, and frankly, sounds strange on a resume, given you are trying to promote yourself in a market.

First person, "I directed the authorship of 100 books in three years," or passive voice, "Directed the authorship of 100 books in three years."

As others have mentioned, passive voice is far more acceptable and common.
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:51 PM
 
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First person, passive. I've seen a few third-person resumes and they come across as pretentious.
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:23 AM
 
Location: Michigan--good on the rocks
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Just a little nit-pick. Saying "Managed a team of..." Is not passive voice. It's only dropping the pronoun (subject) from the first person. Passive voice would be more like "A team was managed by..." which you do not want to do.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Folsom
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You can get all kinds of free resume writing tips online....for example....Find Jobs. Build a Better Career. Find Your Calling. | Monster.com

I would suggest that you develop some personal responsibility. You do want to show in your future interviews that you can work independently and problem solve on your own, right? It's time to start.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Sunnyside
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for my past jobs I used a past tense, and current job i use current? tense

Current job - manage department

past job - managed department
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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Before retiring last year, I was a senior supervisor and reviewed hundreds of applications.

Dropping the pronoun "I" is, in my opinion, not grammatically correct, regardless of the reason. If the applicant would be performing a job that requires written correspondence, wither via email or letters, with the public, I'd take the lack of proper grammar into consideration.
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Old 02-28-2018, 11:50 AM
 
Location: USA
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You should write the resume in the third person. You shouldn’t refer you yourself as “I”. [mod cut - advertising] Has anyone tried this way of resume writing yet?

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