Handling Frequent Changes in Job Titles and Assignments at Same Employer

Mark writes:
I have been with a company for 6 years in which time the owner has made
frequent changes to the direction of the company. I have had 4 jobs/titles and
assignments during this time. I would like to leave this company but I am
concerned that a potential employer will negatively look upon the frequent
changes in job assignments/title. My title has always included the word “manager”
of such-and-such program but my assignments were very different.
I have wrestled with how to best portray this “busy” work history with this
company on my resume. Can you offer any advice?
As a side note I was with another company for over 20 years prior to taking a job
with this company. In those 20 years I held 3 positions.

The Career Doctor responds:
I would not worry at all that prospective employers might think twice
about your different job titles. Over the last couple of years many organizations
have reorganized at least once and numerous workers have had new or
multiple titles to compensate for employees who were fired and not replaced.
I think your resume will show two strengths: the first that you are someone
who management at your two employers greatly respects and the second
that you are a loyal long-term employee.
The only problem I see with your situation is that your resume might look a
little cluttered if you are not too careful. You have two options. You can have
separate bullet points for each of the four job titles you have held with your
current employer or you can simply show the different job titles and do one
set of bullet points for your entire tenure there. The method you choose will
depend on how different the jobs are — and how different the work and
accomplishments are.
You can also showcase your versatility in a qualifications summary section
that goes at the top of your resume (after your contact information). The
qualifications summary includes the three or four things that make you a
better candidate than anyone else — your competitive advantage. I like to think
of the qualifications summary as the “executive summary” of your resume;
another way is to think of it as your key selling points.
Finally remember that someone with your experience can obviously have a
two-page resume. And remember to leave off the dates from your education
and do not include any other job or employer other than these two — because
they are already dating you.
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