#2 Resumes written in 3rd person…

9 Jan

OK, I get a lot of backlash about my opinion on this topic, but I am sticking to my guns.  Resumes written in 3rd person are just plain bizarre.  When I begin to read it, I can’t help but think to myself, “Who did this person hire to write their resume?”  “Who am I talking to?” “Will this person TALK in the 3rd person if I invite them for an interview?”

Your resume is your first opportunity to introduce yourself to a company.  The last thing you want to do is confuse them, or put a weird taste in their mouth about you.  Look at writing your resume as your introductory monologue to the recruiter about why they should be spending more time with you.  If you had the opportunity to submit a two minute introductory video to a company for a job, would you speak in the 3rd person?  Why would the rules be different for a resume?  It’s essentially the same thing.

Bottom line is, resumes written in the 3rd person make you seem pompous or clueless.  If you have no problem with presenting yourself as either one of those, then keep your strange resume and good luck out there.

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3 Responses to “#2 Resumes written in 3rd person…”

  1. Mike Handy January 10, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    This one confuses me… What is the difference?
    Can you get approval to share an example of a rocking resume and one that is in 3rd person?

    • jobhunthero January 11, 2011 at 2:48 am #

      I can’t share examples of resumes – just not cool. However an example would be if your objective read “Mike Handy is a certified project manager with 7 years experience managing teams as well as projects. Mike is reliable, motivated and a good leader.” Rather than the more normal version which would read “Certified PMP with 7 years experience. I am reliable, motivated, and a good leader” Under each job – avoid writing “Mike supervised 5 people here,” and instead write “Supervisor of a team of 5”. Just write it as if you were telling a company about yourself. If you make it in third person it reads like YOU didn’t write it. It’s just bizarre. Does that make more sense?

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