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    Default Resumé: present, past and continuous tense ?

    Hello.

    When writing a resumé or CV I've read that...


    Use the present tense when referring to accomplishments that are ongoing.


    Use the past tense (ending in –ed) when referring to accomplishments that you have completed.
    Does "present tense" mean present simple?. Or Present continuous is also right?


    For example I want to add a new entry on my CV telling that


    Awaiting for a new assignement as an external consultant.


    Researching and taking training on ...
    Is it right or should I use the present simple instead?

    I've used the past simple tense for the rest of my resumé and CV.

    Regards.

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    Default Re: Resumé: present, past and continuous tense ?

    It depends on what style you choose. You could say:

    My responsibilities include:
    Researching and being trained on ...
    Writing reports for ...


    You could also say. As part of my job:

    I research and receive training on ...
    Write reports for ...
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Resumé: present, past and continuous tense ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It depends on what style you choose. You could say:

    My responsibilities include:
    Researching and being trained on ...
    Writing reports for ...


    You could also say. As part of my job:

    I research and receive training on ...
    Write reports for ...

    OK, thanks, then you think the present continuous is also right. Isn't it?

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    Default Re: Resumé: present, past and continuous tense ?

    My resume uses the present continuous for my current responsibilities, but an accomplishment is in the past, even if it's at my current job.

    On the other hand, I consider my job temporary, so I may have been influenced by this when I used the -ing form. I used simple present when my last job (which I did not consider temporary) was my current job.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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