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Insights: How to Detail Your Work Skills on Your Resume

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Question

Submitted by: WISE NYC Metro member | 15+ years professional experience

I work for a company that does not believe in upgrading titles to correlate with responsibilities. My title is coordinator, but my salary and responsibilities are those of a senior manager or even director in other companies. If I use my title in my resume, it appears that I am a junior level employee who has been stuck in one position for more than five years. If I use a title that reflects what I actually do, any reference or background check would reveal the literal inaccuracy. How can I address this on my resume so that it isn't screened out at first glance and so that it doesn't appear that I am lying?

Answer

Titles are rarely consistent across companies and a recruiter will look at your title, but more important is what you say about what you did in each role. You should start with a compelling cover letter that outlines exactly what your experience is and the level at which you operated. Also make sure that the description of what you did under each title reflects the same. You are correct not to change the title; if you have lied on your resume about your title or duties, that will eliminate you from being considered.

Jane Hollman

About Jane Hollman

Jane Hollman has more than 25 years experience in senior human resources roles at large multinationals and sports across Asia Pacific and the United States. Currently a career coach, she helps business leaders and university students think through their career paths. Hollman is passionate about creating flexible, innovative work places and mentors women looking to start their own businesses. She is also a freelance writer covering the business of sports for publications such as Women Talking Sports.

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