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How to Put Promotions & Multiple Positions on a CV: 15+ Tips

How to show a promotion on a CV? What should a CV with multiple positions at the same company look like? Find answers, best examples and tips here.

Maciej Duszyński
Career Expert
How to Put Promotions & Multiple Positions on a CV: 15+ Tips

 

You’ve been with a single company for some time. You got promoted and worked on multiple positions.

 

How to put it on your CV to impress the recruiter?

 

The answer is—

 

You have four options.

 

Find out which one is best for you.

 

This guide will show you :

  • How to show promotions on CV (same company, similar duties).
  • How to list promotions on CV (same company, different duties).
  • How to put promotions on CV (same company twice).
  • How to put multiple positions at the same company on a you CV.

 

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1. How to Show Promotions on CV—Same Company, Similar Duties

 

Scenario one:

 

You’ve been promoted. Your responsibilities grew together with you but the nature of your job remains largely the same.

 

In this case, the best way to list promotions on a CV is to—

 

Stack your job titles.

 

Here’s how to show a promotion on a CV when your duties don’t change much:

  • First, list the company name, start and finish dates, and location.
  • Next, list your job titles in the reverse-chronological order.
  • Finally, add bullet points that reflect your achievements on a CV for all the positions, just like in the example below:

 

How to List Promotion on CV—Example

Good example

GAP
2015‒present
New York, NY

Store Manager June 2016‒present
Assistant Store Manager June 2015‒June 2016

  • Explain why you got the promotion
  • Achievement (either position)
  • Achievement (either position)
  • Achievement (either position)

Remember:

 

List your achievements, not responsibilities.

 

The difference?

 

Achievements = Responsibilities + Numbers

 

How to Put achievements on CV—Example

Good example
Assisted in organising promotions that boosted Q3 sales by 150% year-over-year.
Bad example
Responsible for promotional activities.

Focus on your contribution and impact. Ditch the worn out responsible for formula.

Expert Hint: The first bullet in the CV job description should explain why you were promoted. That’s one of your biggest achievements.

2. How to List Promotions on CV—Same Company, Different Duties

 

Scenario two:

 

You moved up the career ladder and the scope of your duties has changed.

 

In such cases, it’s best to—

 

Describe each position separately.

 

Here’s how to how to put a promotion on a CV when your duties change:

  • First, add the company name.
  • Then put the start and finish dates, and location.
  • Finally, list your job titles in the reverse-chronological order.

 

Start with your most recent position, and list your achievements and responsibilities. Move on to the previous position, and so on.

 

How to List Promotions on a CV—Sample

Good example

Banana Republic
2013‒present
New York, NY

Senior Store Manager 2016‒present

  • Explain why you got the promotion
  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement

 

Assistant Store Manager 2014‒2016

  • Explain why you got the promotion
  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement

 

Sales Associate 2013‒2014

  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement

Listen—

 

It may be hard to come up with numbers for each and every experience bullet. And honestly:

 

You don’t have to.

 

It’s vital to strike the right balance, though.

 

So, mix your responsibilities with achievements to create a balanced whole.

 

3. How to Put Promotions on CV—Same Company Twice

 

Scenario three:

 

You worked at a company, then got a job elsewhere but eventually returned to the previous workplace.

 

This isn’t uncommon. If that’s your case—

 

Create two separate entries for one company.

 

Simple as that.

 

There’s nothing wrong with listing the same employer twice if there’s something in between.

 

Take a look at the example below.

 

Promotions on CV—Same Company Recurring

Good example

Store Manager
2016–2018
Banana Republic
New York, NY

  • Responsibility
  • Achievement
  • Responsibility

Key achievement(s):

  • Key achievement
  • Key achievement

 

Assistant Manager
COS
2014–2016
New Jersey, NJ

  • Responsibility
  • Achievement
  • Responsibility

Key achievement(s):

  • Key achievement
  • Key achievement

 

Sales Clerk
Banana Republic
2014–2016
New York, NY

  • Responsibility
  • Achievement
  • Responsibility

Key achievement(s):

  • Key achievement
  • Key achievement

Just like previously—

 

Avoid the trite responsible for formula.

 

Use CV action verbs such as delivered, organised, led, managed, solved, coached or initiated to show the recruiter what you’re capable of.

 

Quantify what’s possible, and mix your responsibilities with achievements.

 

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Expert Hint: Regardless of your situation, you might want to single out one or two things you’re really proud of and list them in a separate key achievements section on your CV.

4. How to Put Multiple Positions at the Same Company on a CV—Lateral Promotion

 

Scenario four:

 

Your job title changed but you stayed at the same level in the company hierarchy.

 

In the case of horizontal promotions, we need to consider two options:

  • Your position or job title changed, but your duties remained the same.
  • Your position or job title changed and so did your duties.

 

Here’s how to tackle each:

 

1. To make a CV with multiple positions and similar duties—

 

Stack the job titles, just like you see in the example below.

 

Sample CV—Multiple Positions Same Company

Good example

Target
2014–2016
New York, NY

Assistant Store Manager (Consumer Electronics) 2015–2016
Assistant Store Manager (Toys) 2014–2015

  • Achievement (either position)
  • Achievement (either position)
  • Achievement (either position)
  • Achievement (either position)
  • Achievement (either position)

2. To write a CV with multiple positions at the same company when your duties are different—

 

Create a separate entry for each job title:

 

Sample CV—Multiple Positions at Same Company

Good example

Bloomingdale’s
2013‒present
New York, NY

Senior Store Manager 2016‒present

  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement

 

Assistant Store Manager 2014‒2016

  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement

 

Sales Associate 2013‒2014

  • Achievement
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement

 

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Expert Hint: If your CV goes more than 10 years back, ask yourself if those early years are really that relevant. If the answer is a resounding yes, just stack your job titles. Don’t bother with the responsibilities and achievements. Just keep your CV length at bay.

Key Points

 

How you show promotion and put multiple positions on your CV depends on:

  • The kind of promotion (horizontal vs. vertical).
  • The duties a position entails (similar vs. different duties).

 

There are three ways in which you can list promotions and multiple positions at the same company:

  • Stack the job titles under the company name umbrella.
  • List each job in a separate entry under the company name umbrella.
  • List the same company several times in separate entries.

 

The choice depends on your professional situation.

 

Do you have any additional questions? Is your situation different from these described in the article? Reach out to us in a comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

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Maciej Duszyński
Maciej Duszynski is a career advice writer and a resume expert at ResumeLab. With over 8 years of experience in recruitment, hiring, and training, Maciej shares insider HR knowledge to equip every job seeker with professional advice to nail the job hunt. His insights have been featured by the Chicago Tribune, SparkPeople, Toggl, Referral Rock, and Databox, among others. Maciej has helped job candidates at all stages of their career paths, from interns to directors to C-suite members, to thrive in their job. His mission is to help you find the right opportunity and create a job application that gets you the career you deserve. Maciej holds a Master’s degree in English with a specialization in communication and education management.

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