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How to Show Promotions & Multiple Positions on Your Resume

Natalie Severt
Resume Expert at Zety
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You came to the right place to learn how to write about multiple positions on your resume. Just give this a thought first—

 

Let’s say you’ve been with the same employer for 15 years. 

 

At your company, you’ve held many different positions. You’ve even had an internal promotion or two and held senior positions. 

 

Congratulations!

 

But now, you’re ready to move on to a new adventure. So, it’s time to make a new resume.

 

And that’s about the moment when you realize that you don’t know how to show a promotion on a resume. Not only that, but you’re struggling to list multiple positions at the same company.

 

Do you write the name of the company over and over again? It looks weird.

 

How do you show off your promotions? How do you show off your career progression?

 

If you don’t know where to start, you aren’t alone. 

 

That’s why this article will show you:

 

  • Three different strategies for how to show a promotion on a resume.
  • How to list multiple positions at the same company on a resume.
  • How to draw attention to your career progression to impress hiring managers.

 

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1

How to Show a Promotion on a Resume When Duties Stay the Same

 

There are three sure-fire strategies for how to list promotions on a resume. 

 

Each is sure to make your promotions shine like the crown jewels they are. 

 

All you have to know is when to use each strategy.  

 

Strategy Number One: Stacking Your Titles 

 

Ask yourself:

 

After an internal promotion, were your duties the same? Yes?

 

If the only change was your title and salary, you can stack your job titles in your experience section.

 

Start with the name of your company and your starting and finishing dates. You want to make sure the dates span your entire time with the company. The idea is to use the name of the company as an umbrella for your titles. 

 

Next, stack your titles and add dates covering the time you held each position. Put your most recent job title first. Add past positions in reverse-chronological order.

 

Finally, add bullet points listing your responsibilities and achievements for both roles. Mention the promotion in your first bullet point so the recruiter can see right away why you got it.

 

Here’s an example of how to show a promotion on a resume using strategy one: 

 

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Chunky Monkey Jeans 

(January 2012 - Present)

HollyOak, MO

 

Store Manager (January 2013 - Present)

Assistant Manager (January 2012 - January 2013)

 

  • Mention Promotion Position
  • Achievement for Both Positions
  • Achievement for Both Positions
  • Achievement for Both Positions
  • Achievement for Both Positions
  • Achievement for Both Positions
wrong

Chunky Monkey Jeans (January 2013 - Present)

 

Assistant Manager (January 2012 - January 2013)

Store Manager (January 2013 - Present)

 

  • Responsible for stuff.
  • Responsible for more stuff.
  • Responsible for other stuff.

 

What sort of thing should you write in the bullet point about your promotion? 

 

Here are a few ways to describe your promotions while writing a resume:

 

  • Received a  promotion following superior performance on a project.
  • Repeatedly recognized for top performance through fast-track promotions and selection for high-priority initiatives.
  • Selected for management after demonstrating an ability to learn quickly and master complex concepts flawlessly.

 

How should you talk about your highest position in a company? Achievements. Any costs you cut, revenue you earned, or gain you made for the company, list it. 

 

The point of stacking your titles is to save precious resume space and make things easier to read. Adding a list of achievements keeps you from listing the same responsibilities twice. 

 

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Pro Tip: Don’t write that you were “responsible for stuff.” Instead, start each bullet point off with an action word. For example, “spearheaded,” or “created.”

 

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2

How to Show a Promotion on a Resume When Duties Change

 

Again, ask yourself:

 

After your internal promotion, were your duties the same? No?

 

In that case, you’ll want to use strategy number two.

 

Strategy Number Two: Separate Entries for Each Title

 

When each position is different, each position will need a separate set of bullet points. 

 

So, you’ll want to create separate entries for each position. But you can still use the company’s name as an umbrella to save space.

 

Again, start with the name of the company and add your starting and finishing dates. 

 

Next, add your current position with dates. Add up to six bullet points describing your responsibilities and achievements. Be sure to include one bullet point that explains your promotion.

 

Finally, add your previous positions and dates. As you go back in time, you can add fewer bullet points and less detail. Focus on the reasons leading up to each promotion. Then add your best achievements for each position.

 

Here’s an example of how to show a promotion on a resume using strategy two: 

 

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Chunky Monkey Jeans 

(June 2011 - Present)

HollyOak, MO

 

Store Manager (January 2013 - Present)

 

  • Mention Promotion
  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement
  • Responsibility 
  • Achievement

 

Assistant Manager (January 2012 - January 2013)

 

  • Mention Promotion
  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement

 

Cashier (June 2011 - January 2012) 

 

  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement
wrong

Chunky Monkey Jeans 

(June 2011 - Present)

HollyOak, MO

 

Store Manager (January 2013 - Present)

 

  • Responsible for 
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for

 

 

Chunky Monkey Jeans

(June 2011 - Present)

HollyOak, MO

 

Assistant Manager (January 2012 - January 2013)

  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for

 

Chunky Monkey Jeans

(June 2011 - Present)

HollyOak, MO

 

Cashier (June 2011 - January 2012) 

 

  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for
  • Responsible for

 

Again, do not start each bullet point off with “responsible for.” Remember, you’ve gotten a promotion and you’re trying to impress the hiring manager with it.

 

The hiring manager doesn’t want to know about each boring thing you were “responsible for.” Instead, the want to know the story of your career progression.

 

So figuring out how to show a promotion on a resume is about figuring out how to tell a story. And the best stories are about heroic and impressive deeds. Right?

 

How did you become a manager? How did you get a promotion? How were you valuable to your previous company and can you bring that same value to your new role?

 

To do that you need to use your bullet points to answer these questions. That’s how you tell a story of achievement and promotion. 

 

Also, hiring managers care about what you’re doing now and not what you were doing way back when. That’s why it’s best to limit the number of bullet points and details as you go back in time.

 

Pro Tip: Instead of creating a list of duties, it’s better to add achievements. It’s even better if you can add quantifiable achievements. Think about a time you saved or earned your company money. Think about how many people you managed. Add it.

 

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3

How to Show a Promotion on a Resume When There’s a Break

 

Let’s say there’s a situation where you leave a company and come back later. 

 

On your second time around you get a promotion. How do show a promotion on a resume when you left a company and came back? That’s where strategy number three comes into play.

 

Strategy Number Three: Adding the Company Twice

 

This is the only strategy that requires you to list the name of the company twice. 

 

As always, you will start with your current job first. 

 

After, list all previous jobs in reverse-chronological order. If you held other jobs in between your stints at the same company, put them in between your two roles.

 

You’ll add your dates and a bullet list of responsibilities and achievements as usual. 

 

Here’s an example of how to show a promotion on a resume using strategy two: 

 

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Shift Manager (June 2016 - Present)

McDonalds, Kettering, PA 

 

  • Achievement 
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement 
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement 
  • Responsibility

 

Cashier (September 2015 - June 2016)

Hearts of Gold, Kettering, PA

 

  • Achievement 
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement 
  • Responsibility

 

Crew Member (June 2015 - September 2015)

McDonald’s, Kettering, PA 

 

  • Achievement 
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement 
wrong

McDonald’s (June 2015 - Present)

Kettering, PA 

 

Shift Manager (June 2016 - Present)

Crew Member (June 2015 - September 2015)

 

  • Achievement 
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement 
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement 
  • Responsibility

 

Hearts of Gold (September 2015 - June 2016)

Kettering, PA

 

Cashier 

 

  • Achievement 
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement 
  • Responsibility

 

The example is incorrect because the jobs are not listed in reverse-chronological order. Your jobs need to appear in the order they happened. That way, a hiring manager can get a clear picture of your work history. 

  

Pro Tip: Let’s say you are working two jobs at the same time. You’ve gotten promoted in both. Does it matter which you lead with since they’re equal? In that case, lead with your most relevant job first. Which one is the most like the job for which you’re applying now?

 

Not sure how to list professional experience on a resume?  Need more help constructing interesting bullet points? Read our guide: Job Description for a Resume: How to Describe Your Experience with Bullet Points

 

4

How to List Multiple Positions at the Same Company on a Resume

 

Let’s say that you’ve held multiple positions at the same company, but not because you were promoted. These are called lateral moves.

 

Lateral moves can happen for all sorts of reasons. 

 

  • You switch departments and change titles.
  • Your company goes through a merger.
  • You change roles within the company.

 

Whatever the case may be, you’ll use the same three strategies for listing multiple positions at the same company on a resume. The only difference?

 

You don’t need to add a bullet point explaining how you got the role. 

 

So, the good news is that if you know how to show a promotion on a resume, you know how to show multiple positions at the same company.

 

So what would it look like if you change your position or job title but your duties remain the same?

 

Dangling Modifier Department Store

(January 2012 - Present)

HollyOak, MO

 

Accessories Sales Associate (January 2013 - Present)

Fragrance Sales Associate (January 2012 - January 2013)

 

  • Ahievement
  • Achievement
  • Achievement
  • Achievement
  • Achievement
  • Achievement

 

And how do you list two jobs at the same company on a resume when the duties are different?

 

Captain Captain Business

(January 2012 - Present)

HollyOak, MO

 

Business Development Representative (January 2013 - Present)

 

  • Achievement
  • Achievement
  • Achievement
  • Achievement
  • Achievement
  • Achievement

 

Sales Development Representative (January 2012 - January 2013)

 

  • Achievement
  • Achievement
  • Achievement
  • Achievement

 

And what happens if you left your company but came back after some time to fill a different position at the same company? You add all your roles to your resume in reverse-chronological order as they happened.

 

The other thing you may want to remember is that you don’t have to group multiple titles under companies. You can lead with job titles on a resume and add company names underneath. 

 

The benefit of stacking multiple job titles under the umbrella of a company name is to save space on your resume. It also signals that you have clear career progression within one company. 

 

Pro Tip: The most important resume tip is to do what you can to draw attention to your best qualities. To do that, you can adjust formatting and layout to accommodate your needs. What you decide to highlight should be as close to the top of your resume as possible.

 

Want to know more about how to format several positions a resume? Not sure which resume format is best for you? Read our guide: “3 Resume Formats: How to Choose the Best One [Examples]

 

Key Takeaway 

 

For professionals with a lot of experience, organizing a resume can be daunting. So, it’s not surprising that many professionals find it difficult to figure out how to show a promotion on a resume. And yes, it does take some thought.

 

  • If you do it well and follow a strategy, a hiring manager can tell right away that you are a valuable hire. You are someone who gets promotions and does good work.
  • If you do it wrong, hiring managers may never even see your career progression.
  • When writing about your promotions, remember to highlight them properly so that they immediately pop.
  • Be consistent with your resume layout—whatever way you choose to list promotions and multiple position, stick to it throughout your resume.

 

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Natalie Severt
Natalie is a writer at Zety. She loves writing about resumes and eating tacos more than life itself. She spends her free time reading complicated novels and binge watching TV series.