Future-Focus Résumé Writing

You have developed skills based on your experiences of your past but does that mean you can no longer use your skills in the future? Of course not! You will continue doing what you have done in the past if it worked well. If you listen to your employee concerns, you will continue to listen to employee concerns. This way of writing allows the reader to see that you currently have this skill and you will apply this skill in the future. This way of writing is also not as sharp. For example you could write a statement on your résumé like this:

Listened intently to employee concerns.

First, this is written in the past-tense. We want your reader to know this behaviour was not a one time occurrence. Second, it is simply a more sharp. It is blunt. What if we shifted this phrase to:

Listens intently to employee concerns.

Sounds softer doesn’t it? It flows off the tongue more readily. Take a look at your résumé. Is it future-focused or written in the past tense? Below you will find more examples of how to shift your résumé from the past-tense to a future-focus layout. Play around with this form of writing. Try different adjectives or flip your statements around. Read your résumé out loud to hear how it sounds. Ask a friend or family member to proofread your résumé. A second set of eyes is always good. It may take some time to acclimatize to this style but it will give your résumé a refreshed, future-focused look and feel.


I would love to hear your thoughts. How does this form of writing feel? Do you like the end result?

Michelle Precourt is a Career Coach, Recruitment Expert and Registered Yoga Teacher based in Ottawa, Canada. She has blended her 15 years of recruitment experience with her Hatha and Yin teacher training that provides for a diverse approach in her work. Learn more about Michelle and her work at https://michelleprecourt.com/