When crafting your resume, the most impressive aspects of your experience should be featured as close to the top of the page as possible, to make sure that prospective employers spot these details as soon as they start reading. Each role from the top of your resume (most recent) down should be granted a bit more real estate than earlier positions, to show how you’ve grown and evolved professionally over the course of your career.
But what if you’ve just been promoted and haven’t had a chance to accomplish much? The first few bullets under each company can actually give the reader overview of the size and scope of the organization, their clients and yearly revenue, with a broad description of what your contributions have been. These initial 2-3 bullets can actually include the improvements that you’ve contributed to during the full tenure of your employment, not only in your most recent position.
MAJOR RETAILER New York, NY
Department Manager 2016 - Present
In the example above, the lower-level role includes tasks that are less measurable and quantifiable, while the higher-level and measurable accomplishments are included in the more recent position.
MADISON DIGITAL MEDIA New York, NY
Account Manager 2009 - 2012
BUMBLEBEE MARKETING San Francisco, CA
Vice President of Marketing 2015 - 2016
When there’s been a promotion, it’s perfectly fine to elevate your higher-level experience to your most recent role. The goal is for your job descriptions to resemble an inverted pyramid, meaning that the most recent roles should be given more weight than your earlier positions. This tactic can be especially useful if you’ve been promoted to a position with an impressive title, but your strongest accomplishments happened prior to your promotion.