As you rise the ranks at your company, learn how to format a resume the right way.

Writing a resume is often a daunting challenge. It can be difficult to determine what information to include, how to organize and name each section of your resume, and the best resume format to tell your career story.

One of the most common questions professional resume writers receive is “How do I list multiple jobs within one company?” It's a perfectly understandable dilemma. If resume sections are typically separated by job and company, what do you do when there is only a foggy distinction between the two? Well, this could be done in one of two ways — you could either combine the experience into one listing or separate it into multiple. Let's take a look.

Option 1: Stacking the two

Stacking the positions into one description is the most common resume format for organizing more than one position at a single company. This method is used to draw attention to progressive responsibilities, achievements, and dedication to the company. There are a few simple rules to this resume format:

  • Include the overall date range at the top

  • List dates for each position next to the title

  • Place job descriptions and bulleted key achievements directly below each position.

The resume format looks like this:

COMPANY NAME, City, State • Company Start Date to Company End Date

Position #2 Date to Date

Job Description

  • Key Achievement 1

  • Key Achievement 2

  • Key Achievement 3

Position #1 Date to Date

Job Description

  • Key Achievement 1

  • Key Achievement 2

  • Key Achievement 3

Place the most recent position at the top, and start each description with “Promoted from store manager to __” and describe your new position. Use action verbs to show what you accomplished, not just what you did. Also be sure to include a bulleted list of achievements, which reflect your contributions.

Here is an example of a description using action verbs and "achieving" language:

Incorrect: Responsible for managing operations at 50 stores in the state.

Correct: Coordinated team leadership for 50 stores statewide.

Related: How to Make Your Resume Stand Out With Action Verbs

Option 2: Keep the two separate

Sometimes positions are strong enough to stand alone. In those situations, it is advisable to list each separately on your resume as you would if they were positions at different companies. This approach draws attention to both your achievement history according to position and time frame.

One word of caution if choosing this way to format a resume: Be careful not to give the impression you were job hopping. This can be prevented by placing the dates clearly next to the company, making it easier for the hiring manager to identify timeframes. Other resume format rules to follow include:

  • Only identify important jobs separately

  • List less-important positions together

  • Make dates visible

  • Draw attention to achievements

The resume format looks like this:

COMPANY A’s NAME, City, State • Start Date to End Date

Position #2

Job Description

  • Key Achievement 1

  • Key Achievement 2

  • Key Achievement 3

COMPANY A’s NAME, City, State • Start Date to End Date

Position #1

Job Description

  • Key Achievement 1

  • Key Achievement 2

  • Key Achievement 3

Another situation that you may find yourself needing to address in the format of your resume is listing positions at the same company, but with interruptions. For example, say John worked for Dell Computers for six years before moving to Apple. After two years at Apple, Dell then offered John a new position, paying twice his salary at Apple. John decided to go back to Dell and would list his jobs in the following order:

DELL, City, State • Start Date to End Date

Position #2 at Dell

Job Description

  • Key Achievement 1

  • Key Achievement 2

  • Key Achievement 3

APPLE, City, State • Start Date to End Date

Position at Apple

Job Description

  • Key Achievement 1

  • Key Achievement 2

  • Key Achievement 3

DELL, City, State • Start Date to End Date

Position #1 at Dell

Job Description

  • Key Achievement 1
  • Key Achievement 2
  • Key Achievement 3

Takeaways

Listing more than one job with the same company shouldn’t be a difficult practice in resume formats. There are very few basic rules. For one, treat it as you would other job listings: Stack the positions under the company name, and draw attention to achievements and dates.

If the position calls for individual listings, remember to make the dates easier to see, focus on achievements, and write transition sentences to start each new position. This helps draw more attention to your abilities and clarify your situation. If you’re unsure whether to stack or list each position separately, remember these differences:

A stacked resume is used when positions are similar but with increasing responsibilities. It focuses on:

  • Promotions
  • Achievements
  • Job Description

Separate positions are used when promotions are major and don’t fit well under the other positions. This one focuses on:

  • Major promotions
  • Hiatus from the company
  • Achievements
  • Dates

If you still are confused with the process, most trained professional resume writers are familiar with these resume formats. They can help guide you during the writing process or edit the documents for you.

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