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Implied First Person

Kent Nolen

Q: In your last post, you mentioned that some people will make the mistake of using a third person voice on their resumes. Please explain what this is (so I don't do it).

A: Many people requested this clarification regarding my last post on implied articles. Always use implied first person rather than third person on a resume. 

Here is an example of using a third person voice on a resume:

  • Mr. Smith secured 14 new clients in one month by leveraging his deep experience in Sales and Business Development.

The third person voice sounds stand-offish, so first person is a better option.

  • I secured 14 new clients in one month by leveraging his deep experience in Sales and Business Development.

While that last bullet does sound less stand-offish, that "I" is unnecessary (imagine a series of bullet points all starting with "I"). Instead, use implied first person, which works with an implied "I" before the sentence.

  • Secured 14 new clients in one month by leveraging deep experience in Sales and Business Development.