Monthly Archives: July 2015

How to List Multiple Jobs At One Company

Posted: July 31, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Office job Employees who spend most of their careers at one company are about as rare as a unicorn sighting these days. However, there’s something to be said for loyalty to one company over a long tenure. Many companies will look fondly upon long term employment at one company as long as your resume tells a story of achievement rather than stagnation. Here’s how to make sure your career highs are front and center on your resume, not lost in a disorganized clutter.

Stack ‘em. Stacking your job titles is a nice, clean way to emphasize a history of promotion at one company. Begin with the highest ranking position, listing the rest of the positions you held in reverse chronological order. It’s also important to mark the dates each position was held next to the corresponding title. Here’s an example for review:

Best Buy, New York, New York, December 2003-Present

Store Manager, April 2008 to Present

Assistant Manager, February 2005-April 2008

Store Clerk, December 2003-February 2005

Beneath each title, provide a brief, bulleted job summary that details all of the responsibilities you assumed with each new position. Additionally, make sure you lead with language that spells out that you were promoted. You’ll find this approach works well for up to five job promotions at a single company.

Put the squeeze on. Once you move beyond five job titles at one employer, you need to be even more economical with your approach. That’s simply because you’re going to run out of room! The best solution is simply to condense your earliest job titles down to only one line of text. Here’s an example:

Best Buy, New York, New York, December 2003-Present

Store Manager, April 2008 to present

Assistant Manager, February 2005-April 2008

Store Clerk, December 2004-February 2005

Earlier Positions: Inventory; Security; Janitorial duty.

Switching It Up. Many people change their career paths – and departments – while they’re working at a company. Let’s say that somebody in accounting decided to start over in the marketing department. In this particular case, break the new position and department out cleanly on your resume as if it were a job position at an entirely different company. If you lump it in with everything else, a recruiter may not be able to gain a clear picture of you career history.

It’s all the same. Many employees find themselves entrusted with greater job responsibilities, rewarded with a generous raise, but no new job title. In this special case, itemize your responsibilities under one job title on the resume. If you’re called in for an interview, make sure you convey in person that there was a change in your job responsibilities and pay scale.

What about formatting? Don’t get creative. Keep it clean, be consistent, and be ever mindful if you’re submitting your resume via an applicant tracking system. Read our article on how to properly format your resume to increase the odds of being selected for an interview.

4 Steps To Answering: Why Should We Hire You?

Posted: July 17, 2015 at 4:09 pm

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When you walk into a job interview, you’ve likely got a lot on your mind. It’s normal to be preoccupied with everything from your recall of key facts about the company to what you’re wearing. However, it’s important to remember that your prospective employer is only trying to answer one key question – and that question is, “Why should we hire you?” Make sure you know the answer because the odds are strong that they are verbally going to ask you that exact question.

Prepare a response ahead of time. You’re probably competing with several other candidates for employment, so this is not the time to wing it! Think long and hard about what makes you a better prospect for this job than all of the other applicants. Refer back to your cover letter and resume if necessary, and come up with a sixty second answer that hits a recruiter  hard with your star qualities.

Customize your answer based on company research. We’ve written tons of articles on how important it is to customize both your cover letter and resume. It is equally important to customize your answers during a job interview. Let your recruiter know specifically what you like about the company, its culture, and this specific job opportunity citing key facts that you know to be true.

Bring your qualifications to life. The recruiter already knows that you’re qualified, and that’s why you’re sitting in his or her office. However, it’s very likely that you don’t look a whole lot different on paper than every other job candidate under consideration. Breathe life into your skill sets by providing anecdotes of how you contributed at work in your previous position, and explain how that experience impacts your ability to contribute to their company in this new role.

Let them know why they are your ideal employer. Flattery will get you everywhere! If you’re excited about working for this specific company, let them know exactly why. Great culture? Great mission? Great people? Ambitious plans for growth? Whatever it is, let them know in no uncertain terms exactly why you think they’re a great company. And of course, let them know why you’re the perfect fit!