Don’t worry; this is not going to be a remake of those horrible grammar classes that you had to endure when you were a child. We’re just here to remind you that you can further enhance and strengthen the impact of your CV by making correct use of the tenses.
It may sound simple enough, but I bet you my bottom dollar that most of you will have used verbs (e.g. ‘work’) in their Present Participle (e.g. ending with -ing: working) rather than in its Past Participle (e.g. ending with -ed: worked) in your CVs!
Here are some typical examples of what we’re referring to:
Now, rephrase these verbs into the past tense and behold the magic:
The past tense is incredibly powerful because it actually gives the impression – in a very short sentence – that you have really achieved something. It tells the recruiter: I have taken care of it. It’s finished. It’s completed. It’s done and dusted!
A much weaker form of writing on your CV is to use verbs such as ‘directing’, ‘designing’, and ‘investigating’ because these make the reader wonder ‘Have they actually achieved it? Was it a half-baked job? Were they struggling with it?’ etc.
Rather, replace them with the past tense; ‘directed’, ‘designed’, and ‘investigated.’ – This gives your CV that authoritative-punch which you so dearly need.