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Resume: what verb tense

Resume: what verb tense
« on: March 01, 2005, 06:14:40 PM »
Past Tense (ed)
Present Tense (ing)
Or Present Tense (nothing at all)

ex. (researched, researching, or research)

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Re: Resume: what verb tense
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2005, 02:47:35 PM »
Anything that you CURRENTLY participate in (ie. your current job or volunteer activity) should be in the present tense, because you are still doing it.

Anything that you USED to participate in (ie. old jobs, one-time volunteer gigs, etc.) should be in the past tense.

For example, if you have this on your resume:

2003-present
Public Policy Coordinator
Manage $10,000-$25,000/month of public policy survey data including creation of questionnaires, coordination with field house, analysis of completed surveys, presentation to clients, and communication with policymakers. 

VERSUS

Summer 2001
Teaching Assistant
Supported professor in the planning and execution of political history summer courses for gifted children.  Provided motivation, guidance, and academic assistance to students. 

And if I'm not right, that format got me into law school.

Past, definitely.

All your actions (except, at that moment, typing your resume) are, by definition, in the past. Thus the past tense is appropriate for describing your life experience.