Q. How do you present multiple jobs in the same company on a CV?
I’m a Finance Director and I’ve been ‘climbing the career ladder’ in the same company for twelve years. In that time, I’ve had a series of different jobs. How do I present these on my CV?
You’ve had many job titles, within the same function in the same company, so it’s better to head up the section with your current job title, and the complete period of time you’ve been with the organisation. This is easier for an employer to skim-read and it avoids someone misreading that you have hopped between jobs and companies.
In your case, that would look like:
“Financial Director, [Name] Limited, 1998-2010
Progressed from trainee accountant to board-level role as Financial Director …”
That’s much more impactful than the draft version you sent me:
Financial Director 2008-2010, [Name] Limited,
Financial Controller 2003-2008, [Name] Limited,
Senior Management Accountant 2002-2003, [Name] Limited,
Management Accountant 2000-2002, [Name] Limited,
CIMA Qualified 2001, [Name] Limited,
Purchase Ledger and Payroll Clerk 1999-2000, [Name] Limited,
Trainee Accountant 1998, [Name] Limited
For jobseekers who have switched between companies and roles, just listing the most senior role in each organisation can help make your CV look more streamlined and coherent.
It really won’t matter that you leave off the entry-level roles – recruiters assume a certain level of career development and you can always explain more in your interview. Qualifications like CIMA should be included in your Personal Statement or the Qualifications section of your CV – this is important for automated keyword searches.
Three other tips, while I’m on the subject:
- If you’ve been seconded to another department or another role for a short period, include this as a project/responsibility within your main role, as it shows greater continuity.
- You are aiming for a clear, logical presentation of your career. If you did have a really strange, non-standard job title such as ‘Chief People Officer’ (true, and I have seen worse), then tweak it to the standard industry job title.
- If you have more than ten years’ experience, just summarise all the older experience into a single sentence or short paragraph, unless you’ve had a long career break.
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