The days when an employee stayed in one position for his entire career are becoming a thing of the past. Modern workers are interested in charting new career territory, exploring emerging fields and realizing that the promise of lifelong job security is becoming an unrealistic expectation. It's no wonder that workers are looking for ways to improve their marketability and increase their career opportunities. If you have been promoted by your employers, you're already ahead of the game. When you're looking for future opportunities with your current employer or another company, use your resume to showcase promotions as evidence of your talent, performance and aptitude.
Many job seekers mistakenly believe that a resume is the ticket to getting hired, when your resume is actually just the ticket to an interview. An effective resume is a well-constructed synopsis of your background and qualifications that compels the reader to learn more about you via a telephone interview and a subsequent face-to-face meeting. Don't create an autobiographical account of your professional career in a two-page resume. Instead craft a resume that includes career highlights. Career highlights include achievements such as your ascent up the corporate ladder within each organization for which you've worked.
An impressive resume demonstrates stability and promotability. Say you've worked for ABC Company for 15 years, beginning your career as an administrative assistant to the operations director. During your tenure, you acquired new skills and received several promotions to your current position as regional operations manager because you demonstrated your aptitude for taking on more responsibility. Illustrate your job stability by listing your employer's name and the year you first started working for ABC, such as 1998. If your promotions involved relocation, list the company's headquarters location. For example, you could state, "ABC Company, Louisville, KY; 1998 - Present" as the entry for your tenure with this company. This is how you establish yourself as a stable employee -- through indicating your initial start date and naming the company just once as the heading.
Below the company name, list your current position, location and your employment dates. Your employment dates for the current position might be "2010 to Present." Type "Promotion" in parentheses or brackets next to the employment dates. For example, state "Regional Operations Manager, 2010 to Present [Promotion]; Paducah, KY." If you moved to another location, include your current city and state. Describe your current duties, beginning with a phrase, such as, "Promoted from District Operations Supervisor to Regional Operations Manager in January 2010." Include only your current duties for that position. Repeat the process for your previous position. For example, write, "Operations Supervisor, 2008 to 2010 [Promotion]; Bowling Green, KY." Begin your responsibilities with a statement, such as "Promoted from Operations Lead to Operations Supervisor in January 2008." Continue this format for your entire career with the same company, in reverse chronological order. Make it clear that you were promoted from one position to another and write your descriptions for each separate role.
If you're a job seeker with a long, successful career that includes several promotions, you might end up with a resume that's too long. Unless you're in academia, where your curriculum vitae could be several pages, don't write more than a two-page resume. If your career progression turns out to be more than two pages, condense some of your duties for each position you held. Select the duties that are closely aligned with the job you're seeking and use your interview time to touch on other responsibilities you had in each job. Importantly, don't combine all of your duties with one company into one paragraph or set of bullets and then mention that you received three or four promotions. Illustrate your progressively responsible positions separately for every career step. Just keep them brief so that your resume is easy to digest.
With a work record that shows your employer or employers recognized your talent, you will probably get the chance to elaborate on your qualifications during an interview. Make your pitch for the new job, emphasizing the promotions you received. Don't leave out your achievements that justified promoting you to each new role. At the same time, avoid being cocky or arrogant about your rise in the company. Demonstrate modesty and appreciation for your employer recognizing your talent.
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