In a resume, where the format is:

{Company Name} - {Title} - {Start Date} - {End Date} - {Location}
{Summary of the responsibilities and accomplishments at the company}

One of the entries is the following:

ABC, Inc. - Co-Founder - June 2020 - Present - Los Angeles, CA
Founded the company producing state of the art electron microscopes. <Continues with other stuff>

One person reviewing my resume commented that "the" cannot be used in "Founded the company" and should be reworded to something like "Founded a company ...", because "the" was not referring to any previous sentence.

But I'm thinking the exact opposite. To me, using "a" makes it more vague as it stresses that I founded a company and not necessarily ABC Inc. I think "the" is perfectly addressing the company in the header, directly one line above it.

However being non-native, I wanted to get a second opinion.

Thanks in advance!

1 Answer 1


Both work in this sense, and to my mind I would prefer yours over your friends. That said, neither is exactly the best way to phrase the sentence. Consider:

Co-Founded of (Company Namy) and (what did you bring to the table as a founder of the company with your fellow founders?). Lead the formation of our primary business offering of state-of-the-art electron microscopes. [Continues with other stuff].

This will eliminate your debate with your buddy, shares the credit with your co-founder(s) and puts an emphasis on your leadership skills and entrepreneurial abilities.

  • Thank you for your answer! That's a good alternative. At the time of writing, I felt like repeating the company name in both lines didn't look good.
    – Sam
    Commented Sep 1, 2023 at 21:53
  • @Sam NP. I would use whatever official title you used to describe your work role (Lead designer? CEO? CFO? Marketing.) in addition to being the founder.
    – hszmv
    Commented Sep 5, 2023 at 18:03

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