How to Show Progression on Resume


Lynn writes:
I have recently made a slight shift in my job field. I was an administrative
assistant for more than six years and now I am working in the Accounting Department.
How do I reflect the change in duties from administrative assistant to (I don’t
really have a title now)…accounting. I have been doing this for only a month
but I recognize that the pay is better on this side of the fence. Some of my
daily functions parallel what I was doing in my previous position. However I
want to show progression on my resume without looking like I job hop.


The Career Doctor responds:
I am a very big proponent of keeping one’s resume current. You never
know especially in the current economic and corporate climate when
you’ll be in a situation where you need to have your hands on an up-to-date
resume. So I laud your efforts.
And when you get promoted (or transferred) within your current employer
that’s not job-hopping. In your case it shows that your employer values
your work enough to expand your job responsibilities.
You really need a job title so you should either ask for a new one — or
suggest one to your boss. Once you have the new job title you can show the
progress from administrative assistant to the new position on your resume.
While it may be a bit too early in your new position to identify some of your
key accomplishments remember that whenever you are describing jobs on
your resume you should try and identify quantifiable accomplishments rather
than list duties or responsibilities. Employers want to know how you made
the job your own — and how you excelled in it.
You can find some great advice on writing a powerful resume — in the form
of articles and tutorials — in the Resume Resources section of Quintessential Careers.

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Lynn writes:
I have recently made a slight shift in my job field. I was an administrative
assistant for more than six years and now I am working in the Accounting Department.
How do I reflect the change in duties from administrative assistant to (I don’t
really have a title now)…accounting. I have been doing this for only a month
but I recognize that the pay is better on this side of the fence. Some of my
daily functions parallel what I was doing in my previous position. However I
want to show progression on my resume without looking like I job hop.


The Career Doctor responds:
I am a very big proponent of keeping one’s resume current. You never
know especially in the current economic and corporate climate when
you’ll be in a situation where you need to have your hands on an up-to-date
resume. So I laud your efforts.
And when you get promoted (or transferred) within your current employer
that’s not job-hopping. In your case it shows that your employer values
your work enough to expand your job responsibilities.
You really need a job title so you should either ask for a new one — or
suggest one to your boss. Once you have the new job title you can show the
progress from administrative assistant to the new position on your resume.
While it may be a bit too early in your new position to identify some of your
key accomplishments remember that whenever you are describing jobs on
your resume you should try and identify quantifiable accomplishments rather
than list duties or responsibilities. Employers want to know how you made
the job your own — and how you excelled in it.
You can find some great advice on writing a powerful resume — in the form
of articles and tutorials — in the Resume Resources section of Quintessential Careers.