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1st or 3rd Person

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by free.heron, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. free.heron

    free.heron Nibble Poster

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    Hi guys, do you write your personal statement on your cv in 1st person or 3rd? I originally thought that it should always be written in 3rd person however I have been told recently that this is incorrect.. and have found several sources also stating the same... Just wondered what your opinions were?
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  2. LukeP

    LukeP Gigabyte Poster

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    I have mine in the 1st person and I'm happy with it. I know people who have it in 3rd person and they're happy with it too.

    I don't think there is right or wrong here.
     
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  3. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

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    Mine is in 3rd Person, but if I added a couple of "I am" into it, it would take 20 seconds to become first person.

    "A focused individual blah blah blah" so could go either way really, stick an I am in there and it's first, stick a He is or Dave is and it's third.

    I prefer third.
     
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  4. billyr

    billyr Kilobyte Poster

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    Personal preference, but I hate CVs that I come across that start:
    E.g.
    David is a network engineer with 5 years experience of ......

    I much prefer:

    A network engineer with 5 years experience .......
    I dont know what it is, it just really gets my back up and I have been guilty of sticking an application to the bottom of the pile because of it.
     
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  5. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

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    Good god no. Can't imagine anyone ever using their name in the 3rd Person, it's terrible.
     
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  6. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

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    LOL:) that would be classic then is anyone using a 3rd person i.e. David is a network engineer with xyz years of experience. Well, in my opinion of course that is as it comes across as being cheesy.
     
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  7. billyr

    billyr Kilobyte Poster

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    We were recruiting for an admin position a couple of months back and i'd say about 25 percent were written that way.
    I was beginning to wonder if job centres were recommending it. Very strange, must be the characters attracted to paperwork.
     
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  8. westernkings

    westernkings Gigabyte Poster

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    In all honesty, saying "David is" is just as bad as repeating "I am XYZ, I am good at this".

    Stick with describing your self in the first person but without the "I am" and "I did" and you will be sorted :D

    I'm actually going to start talking in the third person. 8)
     
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  9. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

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    Third person is traditional, but traditions are being eroded by the onslaught of mass ignorance so I don't think it matters too much any more. The only real danger is that your CV will fall into the hands of a traditionalist and it will instantly score you minus points.

    I went on a professional development course recently where they tried to tell us that it didn't matter any more if you used 'yours sincerely' or 'yours faithfully' at the end of a formal letter. Sigh. :rolleyes:

    Personally, I think third person reads a bit odd on a CV. After all, you're writing it about yourself and everyone knows it.But, hey, rules is rules...
     
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