Assume that I give my work information in my CV with the date (year) intervals. My last position started this year and is continued at the moment.

Example Co.  ABC Manager    2012 - cont.

How should I abbreviate continued here? Is cont. correct?

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There is no right or wrong with abbreviations, but you would do well to avoid them if possible. Here are three distinct pieces of advice:

  • Just write “(continued)” (including parens), and you’ll be fine.

  • If you have some sort of mania for them, or horizontal-space consideration, then sure, write “(cont.)”.

  • It’s a good idea to set it in italic, no matter what you do.

In your case, though, you should probably write one of:

  • 2012 – present
  • 2012 –

As those both look better than “2012 – (continuing)”.

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    Also consider "2012 forward". Note, I agree that "2012 – present" and "2012 –" are better than the other forms above, and agree abbreviation should be avoided for this item. Jul 31, 2012 at 19:32

I believe the answer to the question in the title of your original post is “cont.”, but the usual way of putting that on an application or résumé is spelled “present”, as in “2012 – present”.

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    Or just leave it blank: “2012 – ”.
    – tchrist
    Jul 31, 2012 at 17:20
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    "present" is used in America, but maybe Mr Palavuzlar is living somewhere else, where "continued" is used for this.
    – GEdgar
    Jul 31, 2012 at 17:21
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    @MehperC.Palavuzlar I should think 'pres.' would do nicely
    – JAM
    Jul 31, 2012 at 17:53
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    @MehperC.Palavuzlar, For the record, Why does it need to be abbreviated?
    – user606723
    Jul 31, 2012 at 21:20
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    Doesn't sound (or look) very elegant to me :p
    – Svish
    Aug 1, 2012 at 10:23

The usual abbreviation for continued is cont. as indicated elsewhere. However, it isn't normal in BE to use this in the way shown in your example. The preferred option would be to use either 2012 to date or 2012 to present.

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    +1 Absolutely. cont. or its variants are for when you are breaking the textual flow and resuming elsewhere, usually on the next page or leaf. For CVs and other documents it should be as @Tony Balmforth has suggested.
    – immutabl
    Jul 31, 2012 at 19:02

There is also the concise 2012–now.


cont’d is another abbreviation for continued that you frequently see e.g. in movie scripts when long blocks of dialog get split up, but probably not in a CV list of previous employments. I suspect it’s more of an American thing.

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