Resume advice from Henry David Thoreau


“In most books, I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference. We commonly do not remember  that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking. I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this theme by the narrowness of my experience. Moreover, I require of every writer, first or last, a simple and sincere account of his own life…some such account as he would send to his kindred from a distant land;”

Here, Henry David Thoreau, at the outset of Walden, sets out his reasoning for writing about himself in the first person. This thinking absolutely applies to your very own value statement and resume. It comes from you. It is about you. You know yourself better than anyone else. So be the person who says it. It should be simple and it should be sincere.  Like you.