Weekly Career Tip: How to Indicate a Promotion on a Resume

There are a couple of different ways that you can indicate that you’ve held two positions under the same employer. If the duties of the two positions were significantly different, you can use the employer as the heading and the position titles as two separate subheadings with bullets under each subheading describing the work of each position. For example:

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University
Research Manager (April 2014 – Present)
x  Action verb bullet point that describes results of work
Research Assistant (September 2012 – April 2014)
x Great bullet point that includes quantitative information

If the promotion is a change of title but the position duties stay the same, you might format the entry on your resume like this:

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University
Research Manager (April 2014- Present), Research Assistant (September 2012-April 2014)
x Promotion to Research Manager awarded due to excellent work quality
x Bullet point that describes results of work

Of the two formats, the first is preferred since employers like to see progression. Ideally a promotion does include some additional responsibilities. However, if you truly can’t differentiate the work you did under one title from the work of your previous title, the second example is an acceptable way to format a resume entry.

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