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What is Implied First Person?

Kent Nolen

Q: You've 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.

Instead of using a third person voice:

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

You’d want to use implied first person:

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

I think the example communicates the concept far more effectively than an explanation can.

Again, these can be especially tricky concepts to understand, so be sure to send off an e-mail if you need clarification.