Writing Your Resume When Your Job Title Doesn’t Reflect Your Responsibilities

It’s a good idea to keep a core version of your resume which lays out all of your relevant experience and achievements; then modify it as needed for each opportunity.

Alter your resume for each position. Start by reviewing the job description in detail for each opportunity. List a few of the most essential duties for the position. Then write down your achievements in each area. And finally, turn those notes into the finished resume for that specific opening.

Example #1: Applying For A Position At A Much Higher Level Than Your Current Job Title

Use a punchy summary headline and a succinct summary that speaks directly to the responsibilities of the role. Summarize other achievements into an overview of the past that clearly addresses the requirements of the position. Note right away that the role expanded far beyond the job title and use specific examples.

Example #2: Breaking Into a New Industry

Again, use the summary section to highlight achievements in the specific areas of the job opening. This may mean shifting the focus from your job title to your achievements within the role for which you’re applying. Provide an overview of your current role speaking directly to the skills needed in the new role. Use the rest of your resume to explain achievements in more detail.

It’s important to take the time to carefully review the job description so that you can tailor your resume to highlight those accomplishments. Your current job title shouldn’t hold you back! Use summaries and headlines as well as descriptive copy to demonstrate while you’re the perfect fit.


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