I am applying for a new job, and I am rubbish at writing CVs, so I often have a look at the examples and templates on-line, and it says that you should use not use personal pronouns in these examples. For example

Instead of:

I Solved an IT issue

You should use:

Solved an IT issue

Why is it frowned upon or bad to use personal pronouns in a CV/Resume?

EDIT: Is it acceptable to use I once or twice, or would you advise against it completely?


Because it makes the readers go to sleep after the 567th repetition of I. And because it saves space which is helpful when you have 30 years experience and only 2 pages to put it on. And since it is a CV, the reader will assume it was you and no-one else who did the task.

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  • I Love the answer, it made me smile! +1 to you :) – George Apr 15 '14 at 21:46

You put your name at the top. It is implied that everything on your CV would pertain to you, so there is only a need to include other people (team members) where appropriate.

It gets a little repetitive

  • I did this.
  • I did that
  • I did something else.

This is great if you really want to hammer the point home that "I did ..." but again, it's your CV so it is implied.

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  • Thanks for the answer. Do you think its acceptable to use it once or twice in a CV, just to hammer the point home. – George Apr 14 '14 at 20:15
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    @georgeh I agree with JeffO's answer overall, but I also think that the occasional "I" is fine - I find stilted and awkward grammar for the sake of avoiding "I" can sometimes be irritating. So yeah, some "I" usage is fine, but that's just my feelings. Others may differ. – StackExchange What The Heck Apr 14 '14 at 20:35
  • @GeorgeH: Include "I" in narratives only. During portions of the CV where you're bullet-pointing things the repetition is off-putting. But in a narrative, write it as if you were telling someone a story. (+1 to this answer btw) – Joel Etherton Apr 15 '14 at 20:21
  • repetition is a poor argument against personal pronouns: if you're just writing a list of short sentences that all start with i did you've done something wrong. and even impersonal resumes can fall into a repetitious tone. – mendota Jun 25 '14 at 21:30

Because a CV is supposed to be a factual and impersonal description about you, not by you. Yes, usually, you do actually write your own CV, but that's not something you're supposed to emphasize.

Basically, write your CV as if you were someone else describing yourself in third person.

Ps. Caveat: Rules are meant to be broken. Sometimes, writing your CV in an unconventional style might make it stand out and cause a prospective employer to pay more attention to it. Of course, sometimes it might also just get it sorted into the circular file that much quicker. It's up to you whether you feel that's a risk worth taking.

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While it’s okay to talk directly about yourself in your cover letter, “Me, Myself and I” should be avoided at all costs in your resume. You resume should be concise, neat, and easy for an employer to read. Using pronouns is how we normally structure sentences, but since your resume is a document about your person, using these pronouns is actually redundant.

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