A few days ago I critiqued my friend Kate's resume. It was in good shape and I had only one comment about how she used personal pronouns in her resume writing style.
Okay to Use First Person Pronouns in Resume Writing?
In her Summary section, Kate had this statement:
- Solid understanding of technology constraints and “geek speak” due to previously working as a developer myself.
I suggested we take out the word "myself," which would make it less conversational and more "resume-like." Like this:
- Solid understanding of technology constraints and “geek speak” from previous work as a developer.
We talked about how my version was tighter and more "professional." Then it dawned on me that her version was better. Why? Because it sounded like a real person talking, showing personality, even giving inflection, which isn't common or easy to do in resume writing. But I felt the "resume-like" version was clearly void of a human voice. And because a resume should be about the person behind the resume, why strip my friend's resume of her voice? In fact, personality is a very key part of her job (technical support), and what better way to show it than with the subtle personal tone of "myself"!
So we scrapped my version and stuck with hers. Sure enough, she went on an interview with a recruiter who was very impressed with her resume and with her!
Note: I don't suggest using "me," "myself," and "I" throughout a resume or for all resumes. But once in a while it can give the personal touch that makes a resume stand out among so many others competing for a job.