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While I get the feeling this might get deemed "opinion based" I've reviewed a few hundred technical CVs in my time (for my sins) so here goes nothing! Personal Use of "I.." or "My role.." type statements a) humanize you so the person reading the CV can see you as a human being rather than just the CV and b) they tie the achievements to you. Impersonal does ...


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I would skip the poetry, but use the personal approach. Project X I had several duties on this project. My primary responsibility was mixing dangerous chemicals in a cauldron for various experiments, including an attempt to liquefy kryptonite. In my second year on this project, I joined a team devising new procedures for testing the limits of ...


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The personal style has one big advantage, especially for people who are a bit shy about "selling themselves". If your sentences start with "I", they are (by definition) about what you actually did. In the impersonal style, it's easy to slip into describing what your team, or your employer, did (e.g. they made $$$$ selling this wonderful world-leading ...


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Personally I use an Excel workbook; the individual spreadsheets hold certain thematically divided elements like opening sentences, skills, personal qualities, relevant experience, etc... Within those spreadsheets there are further divisions based on the type of job I'm applying for, so a block of skill-sentences for desk jobs, a block for workshop positions ...


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A resumé is telling a potential employer what you can do. A CV is you showing a potential employer what you have done. To use an entertainment analogy, if someone were casting for a new part in a film a resumé is the equivalent of the actor showing up and talking about how their experience in this film and that play gives them the background to play the ...


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I have both a resume and a CV; I am a research scientist with a PhD and two Master's degrees. Both a resume and a CV are telling a prospective employer what you can do for them, and how you can be a part of their team. But they are used to apply to different kinds of jobs. My resume is used to get technical contracts applying my skills to solve somebody's ...


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A common convention is to use the personal approach but skip most first-person pronouns to avoid repeating them too much: Determined how to mix dangerous chemical ingredients in a cauldron to bring out their hidden potential. Pushed further the research on superhuman abilities. Too many “I”s is unpleasantly repetitive and can sound vain.


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