What is “résumé speak”?
“Résumé Speak” is a term that refers to the unique style that has become the standard for résumé writing. HR managers, recruiters, and hiring managers usually expect and appreciate résumés written in this style. With that being said, there is really no right or wrong in résumé writing, and 10 different “experts” will give you 10 different opinions about a résumé . However, most résumés benefit from being written in résumé speak.
How is résumé speak different from normal writing?
Two main ways:
1. Writing in “first person implied,” omitting personal pronouns. Résumés should be written in first person, meaning it’s written as though you’re writing about yourself. However, the standard, accepted practice is to leave out personal pronouns like “I,” “my,” and “me.” This style is referred to as “first person implied.”
– First person: I launched a marketing campaign…
– First person implied: Launched a marketing campaign…
The occasional, thoughtful use of a personal pronoun or two on a résumé can be perfectly fine–innovative even–but as a general rule, it’s best to stick with the standard protocol and omit them whenever possible.
2. Omitting articles.
In résumé speak, we don’t include many articles. Articles are “the,” “a,” and “an.” It doesn’t hurt to include them, but résumé statements can be much more powerful when we limit unnecessary use of articles.
– Normal writing: Launched a marketing campaign that resulted in a 30% increase in sales over a 12-month period, enabling the firm to hire an additional marketing associate.
– Résumé speak with limited articles: Launched marketing campaign that resulted in 30% increase in sales over 12-month period, enabling firm to hire an additional marketing associate.
Some hilarious examples of résumé speak:
Rode the bus home from work.
Utilized government-subsidized, multi-passenger transportation systems to relocate personal assets from a professional setting to a domestic location.
Made a grocery list.
Maximized efficiency of domestic consumables excursion by creating and utilizing a multi-item necessity-acknowledgment and acquisition-verification system.
Had a good interview.
Effectively positioned myself as a valuable human resource asset by capably interfacing with management-level representative of a desirable potential employing organization.
Mowed the lawn.
Achieved optimized uniform vertical distribution of ornamental domestic ground-cover flora by utilizing industry-standard petroleum-powered orbital bisection apparatus.
Pursued desirable employment through proactive investment of uncompensated labor.
Sources: http://resumespeak.tumblr.com/page/3 http://kellydonovan.com/blog/introduction-to-resume-speak/