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Personal or impersonal in a technical resume

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In CVs or on Linkedin profiles there are often spaces dedicated to past experience.

In those sections, one is supposed to describe what work he/she did and what skills he/she acquired on previous workplaces/projects.

In this context, is it better to describe the experience in a personal or impersonal way?

A personal way (e.g. first person) underlines the subjects:

Project X

While assigned to Project X, I've learned how to mix dangerous chemical ingredients in a cauldron to bring out their hidden potential. Eventually, along with my team, we pushed further the research on superhuman abilities.

An impersonal way, to my understanding, underlines the skills acquired:

Project X

Manufacturing and treating of dangerous chemical ingredients. Testing of superhuman abilities in a controlled environment. Eating of snacks in the down times.

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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!

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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 emphasize the skills but that's what a Skills section is for. When describing the experience you want to emphasize the person getting that experience (i.e. the person whose CV it is).

PS: If you ever want a friendly eye casting over your CV there's usually someone in Workplace SE chat who'll take a look for you.

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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 Spiderman's strength, and how far Batman can throw a Batarang. We also attempted to test the upper limit of how much marijuana Snoop Dogg can smoke, however, due to experimental design errors, we failed to find a definitive limit.

I have read many resumes; and I find this "formal personal" approach the easiest to read.

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