What is the correct (or at least preferred) way of formatting dates in a résumé whenever you don't need to specify a day?

For example, I am using the format “May 2011”, but I don’t know whether I should use “May, 2011” or “May ’11” (although this one doesn’t seem too appropriate for a résumé).

  • The word résumé has two accent marks, not just one.
    – tchrist
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 13:40
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    @tchrist - Many dictionaries do include the resumé spelling (and I think it was what I learned in school). Check out the wiktionary talk page if you can stand even more discussion on this point :)
    – aedia λ
    Commented Mar 15, 2012 at 14:15
  • I have undone tchrist's accent changes since it is a matter of preference. I note the misspelling 'prefered' has remained despite all the hoopla over the accents. Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 20:14
  • There must be a "résumé" mafia or something. @tchrist rejected my edit to change résumé back to the (just as correct) form used by the OP: resumé. It's a mite silly for moderators to enforce their own preferences. Commented Aug 31, 2012 at 20:30

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Definitely “May 2011” — no comma needed — particularly if you think your resume might be around for 100 years or more ;^)

If you refer to a longer month, you can use, for example, “Nov. 2011”.

(By longer, of course, I mean a longer word, not a longer month. I realize May is longer than November).

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    It is better to not use abbreviations or shortened words wherever possible on a résumé. Recruiters (I know because I have been one myself) do not like this at all. Commented Jul 25, 2013 at 2:22

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