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3 Ways to Show a Promotion on Your Resume

How to show ‘em you’ve moved up while keeping your resume sleek

3 Ways to Show a Promotion on Your Resume

You put in the time, made the money moves, and got that promotion—congrats! Whether you’re updating your resume pronto or gearing up for the new job search, you now face a major question: how do you show on paper that you’ve moved up?

Here’s a quick look at what info to provide and how to show your promotion while keeping your resume sleek.

How much is too much information about your promotion?

As always, you want to keep your resume brief...but you also want to show off. Bullet points are best for organizing, and you’ll want to give the bulk of space to your achievements. A general rule of thumb: use two to three bullet points to describe your responsibilities, then three to five to list your concrete accomplishments.

If you’re still new to the position and don’t have a huge number of notable deeds, you might want to go with an alternate layout. Consider using bullet points to outline your duties, then cap it off with a small section on key achievements.

The Action-Benefit format is perfect if you’re in this position and makes the updating process simple and formulaic.

Put it all together and your basic resume job listing will look something like this:

Lightning Marketing

Copywriter: January 2018–Present

  • Created original content including social media posts, blog posts, and email campaigns

  • Styled pages using HTML

  • Key achievements: Created and implemented an internal social media marketing strategy which increased engagement by 117 percent

Read more:How To Write a Career Change Cover Letter That Knocks Their Socks Off

3 formatting styles for showing a promotion on your resume

Once you’ve got the content figured out, you have a few options for formatting. Of course, be sure you’re always putting your most recent position at the top, even if it’s not your promotion.

1. Stacking

This is likely the most space-efficient option, but should only be used if your work duties weren’t significantly altered by the promotion—otherwise it won’t be clear which responsibilities belonged to which position.

Lightning Marketing

Senior Copywriter: October 2019—Present

Junior Copywriter: April 2019—October 2019

  • Promoted within 6 months for exceeding learning curve expectations

  • Created and implemented content strategies for multiple clients

  • Oversaw custom email campaign that resulted in a $10,000 sales increase

2. Duplicating

If your positions have sufficiently different responsibilities, then separating your job titles is the way to go. It keeps things clean, organized, and understandable.

Lightning Marketing

Account Executive: October 2019—Present

  • Collaborated with clients to build specialized marketing campaigns

  • Conducted extensive market research to find new growth opportunities for current clients.

  • Key achievements: Negotiated deals totaling over $10 million to date

Project Manager: August 2018—October 2019

  • Analyzed and strategized with clients and other departments to achieve a cohesive marketing plan

  • Delegated work to internal department and ensured quality with thorough proofs

3. Separating

Say you received your promotion after a brief hiatus at the company, or you were working a second position in between the two. In that case, it’s perfectly acceptable to break up the company and list it twice.

Lightning Marketing

Creative Director: September 2019–Present

  • Oversaw multiple departments through the creation and implementation of marketing campaigns

  • Directed pitch meetings and facilitated creative sessions

  • Improved clickthrough rate of multiple clients’ PPC campaigns by over 50%

  • Led a highly successful campaign which directly contributed to a 200% internal sales growth

North Street Marketing

Senior Copywriter: November 2016–September 2019

  • Created custom content for clients, including social media posts, blog posts, and web content

  • Managed in-house copywriting team

  • Cultivated internal social media accounts to increase brand awareness

Lightning Marketing

Copywriter: January 2015–November 2016

  • Created content and closely collaborated with over two dozen clients

  • Participated in weekly pitch meetings

Read more:The Complete Guide to Getting a Job (Whether You’re On Your First or Fifth)

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