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Resume jobs with same duties

resume jobs with same duties

by Jennifer

How do I differentiate job roles & responsibilities in 2 very similar jobs? I am trying to update my resume with my latest job description; however my roles and responsibilities are very similar (in fact, should be almost identical) to my last job, despite the 2 positions having different titles.

How can I put both jobs on my resume without 2 identical lists of roles/ responsibilities/ accomplishments.

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When you’ve moved from a position at Company A to a new position at Company B, fleshing out your “Experience” section is pretty straightforward. But if you’ve moved up in your department or switched roles within your organization, there are a couple options.

The good news? If you can show your advancement right, you’ll get a gold star in the eyes of a hiring manager. Read on for a super-quick guide for how to showcase your experience in the best possible light—and land that next big thing.

If the Jobs Were Similar in Nature

If two or more of your jobs were very similar in nature (e.g., you were promoted from associate editor to editor, but your overall job duties pretty much stayed the same), stack the job titles together under the company header, like this:

The Walt Disney Company, Los Angeles, CA

Editor (January 2012-Present)

Associate Editor (January 2011-January 2012)

  • Bullet 1
  • Bullet 2
  • Bullet 3
  • The bullets you include should describe your most high-level and impressive accomplishments during your tenure at both of these roles combined—not each individually.

” In other words, even if your duties slightly shifted when you changed positions, it’s more important to highlight your best work than to spell out all of your job duties in those early days.

You can also include a bullet that expands upon the accomplishments that led to your promotion (for example, “Promoted within 12 months for exceptional client relations and leadership skills”). This makes it clear to the hiring manager that your move wasn’t just a matter of happenstance (or someone else leaving)—you earned it.

If the Jobs Were Pretty Different

On the other hand, if the jobs you've held at your company were in different roles (e.g., you moved from marketing coordinator to associate editor), list the company once but break out the job titles, treating them like two different positions:

The Walt Disney Company, Los Angeles, CA

Associate Editor (January 2012-Present)

  • Bullet 1
  • Bullet 2
  • Bullet 3
  • Marketing Coordinator (May 2011-January 2012)

  • Bullet 1
  • Bullet 2
  • Bullet 3
  • Again, for each position, you’ll want to describe your biggest accomplishments and experience that most relates to the positions you’re applying for.

  • You’ll also want to use this format if you’re applying in an online system, where you’re asked to include a description of your experience for each role. In this case, you may have to input the company’s information each time—but that’s OK. Even if it’s repetitive, the hiring manager will see that you’ve moved up within the same company (and be impressed).

    Moving up at a company shows that you’re a high performer, you achieve results, and you’re a loyal and dedicated employee. Make sure your resume tells that story—and you’re bound to land an interview.

    Photo of resume courtesy of Shutterstock .

    For the most part, hiring managers will understand what duties are associated with your job titles. It’s common knowledge that, for example, an Executive Assistant will answer phones, manage files, and provide customer service. So, putting those statements as bullets on your resume only uses up valuable space. On the other hand, by including accomplishments, you paint a picture of your abilities—one that will sell yourself.

    So now that you understand the difference, how do you make the change?

    2. Make a List

    Get started by compiling a list of all the things that set you apart .

  • Was I ever recognized by a supervisor for a job well done? When and why?
  • Did I win any awards or accolades?
  • What new processes did I implement to improve things?
  • What problems did I solve?
  • Did I ever consistently meet or exceed goals or quotas?
  • Did I save the company money?
  • What made me really great at my job?
  • 3. Paint the Picture with Numbers

    Then, take your list, and add in as many facts, figures, and numbers as you can.

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