Tips on how to include promotions in your work history on your resume — without confusing employers.
It’s safe to say that there’s no downside to getting a promotion — until it comes down to having to list it on your resume. Writing a resume can be a difficult beast to tackle in and of itself, and it gets even trickier when you throw promotions into the mix.
It may seem like you’re being punished for being so good at your job, but fear not — we’re here to help you figure out how to show a promotion (or two, or even three — dang, you’re super awesome) on your resume.
So, how do you list promotions without wasting prime resume real estate or confusing your potential employers? There are a few routes you can take depending on your particular job history, and lucky for you, we here at Zippia have directions for every route you could possibly take on your resume-writing adventure.
This stack of pancakes is just like the promotions on your resume, only more edible.
If the jobs you’ve had were pretty similar, your best approach would be to stack the job titles together under the company header. This method is a great way off your progressive responsibilities, achievements, and dedication to the company.
The bullets you include should describe your most impressive accomplishments during the time you worked in these positions. Remember that your resume is meant to sell you as the best person for the job, so focus on describing your achievements instead of detailing all of your menial job duties.
You can also use the bullet section to describe the reasons why you were promoted. For example, you could say:
- Promoted within 12 months for completing three major projects ahead of schedule and under budget.
This way, employers can see that you earned your promotion, instead of just getting the job because someone quit and you were able to learn how to do your job from a youtube tutorial.
“Sure hope I have enough time to learn how to do my job via YouTube before I have to clock in.”
If the jobs you’ve had at your company were pretty different — for example, if you moved from assistant editor to web developer — list the company once, but separate the job titles and treat them like two different positions (because, well, they are, duh).
Using this method draws attention to your achievement history and time frame in both positions. It would look like this:
Remember to use the bullet points to describe your biggest accomplishments and experience that relate to the job you’re applying for. If the new role was a step up, be sure to explain that clearly — but even lateral moves show employers that you’re adaptable and have a wide range of strengths and skills.
Either way, the hiring manager will be able to notice that you’ve had different jobs within the same company, and ideally they’ll be tickled pink with delight to see that you’re a dedicated and loyal employee.
If you have any work experience from more than 15 years ago that relates to the job you’re applying for, it would be useful to create a completely separate section that simply lists your job titles and the dates you held them, but without a list of accomplishments.
Using a separate section for older work experience will let you show off your career progression while still keeping your resume concise. It would look something like this:
Moving up within a company shows that you’re a high performer, you get stuff done, and that your hard work yields results. Listing more than one job within a company helps draw attention to your accomplishments and shows that you’re willing to stick around and grow with a company.
If your resume successfully shows off all these great things about you, you’re destined to land an interview and sweep your potential employers off their feet.
Now get out there and go woo your prospective employers! Woo!
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