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The right method for formatting promotions or multiple positions with one company on your resume depends largely on the details of  job history, current goals, and what you want to emphasize. Below are three different examples of how to show a promotion on your resume.

Stacked entry

A stacked entry is when you create one entry encompassing all of your time at a company. After the company name and location, list your job titles and the corresponding dates in reverse chronological order. Following that, list your achievements with the company. This option makes the most sense if the positions you held at a company didn’t vary greatly.

If you received a promotion, but your day-to-day role did not change dramatically, you can
If your role did not change dramatically, you can create one entry for your time at a company, with job titles and corresponding dates stacked.

Separate entries

If you held positions with distinct accomplishments or diverse responsibilities, consider creating separate entries for each role. This option allows you to show more details of your career progression. Because many employers are wary of job seekers they perceive as job-hopping, consider including a line mentioning your promotion in the section for your more senior role, or explain the reason behind your move if it was a lateral one.

If a promotion led to a substantially different role, use separate entries for your time at a company.
If your positions differed substantially, use separate entries.

Separate section

If you have professional experience that dates back more than 15 years, create a separate section listing your job titles and the appropriate dates, without the detailed list of accomplishments. This method allows you to demonstrate your career progression while still keeping your resume concise and relevant. In the wise words of Alan Farnham of ABC News, your resume should be “key strengths, put succinctly, framed by plenty of white space.”

If you have particularly notable achievements from this time period, consider highlighting them in a separate achievements section.

Save the detailed job history for the most recent 15 years of your career, and list earlier positions in a separate section.
Save the detailed job history for the most recent 15 years of your career, and list earlier positions in a “Prior Professional Experience” section.

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