Your CV Is Not A Myself Essay. Don’t Use Pronouns

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The first time that I wrote my CV, the number of times that I used the pronoun “I” put me off. And this was my own CV. When you write your CV don’t use first-person pronouns like “I” or “me”. Instead, use the first-person voice without any pronouns. This is referred to as the absent first-person approach.

For example, if you worked in procurement;

  • Don’t say “I managed a stock room of 1000+ items”. While this works, the “I” is implied since it is your CV.
  • Instead, say “Managed a stock room of 1000+ items”. This phrasing is more focused and also prevent you from sound repetitive. You’ve done a lot of things, but you don’t want your CV to read “I did this” and “I did that”.

Removing pronouns gives your CV a more professional feel. Your CV doesn’t end up sounding too personal. Additionally, removing the pronouns from your CV will give you space to add a little more about the skills that actually matter.

If you do use first-person pronouns, be consistent. Use them throughout your CV to maintain your professionalism. However, taking the pronouns out of your CV altogether is the best way to go.

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