Resume: More than One Job from the Same Company

by Donny Grover

Resume With More Than One Position From the Same Company by Mass DoWD

Creating Your Resume with Multiple Positions

You now have a list of duties and functions you have performed, skills you have utilized, and a sense of your accomplishments. Let’s create some powerful accomplishment statements utilizing the PAR MODEL. PAR stands for Problem-Action-Results and is made up of two processes.


First is the thought process. Think of a problem you had at work, an area where you knew things could be done better. Write this down. Then recall what action you took to solve that problem and what skills you utilized. Write them down. Then write down the results of your action.

Example for your Resume

The problem was that the files were disorganized and unworkable.

The action I took was to rearrange the files using the numeric filing system. The result was I could find files much faster, saving time, thus, saving the company money.

The second process is the written process that enables you to develop accomplishment statements that will be used in your resume. You write down the results first, then the action. The result is actually your “success on the job” which an employer sees as a benefit to him or her. In describing results, think in mea-surable terms: money saved, profits increased, numerical effects, and the impact your action had on people, places and things in the workplace. On a resume, you never write down the problem. Instead, write down the result or outcome of your action.

Example for your Resume

Reduced time searching for files by implementing a numeric filing system.

Using the P+A+R Model for your Resume

Problem: Harry works as a Personnel Administrator in a large company which has been having trouble recruiting additional help through regular hiring methods.
Action:

  • Identified and analyzed specific hiring needs with key staff.
  • Selected colleges to target.
  • Set up new computer tracking system.
  • Helped develop new follow-up system to extend recruitment effort beyond an-nual visits.

Skills:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Management (ability to take project and “run with it”)
  • Complete follow-up

Results:

  • Increased new hires by 35% by designing and implementing a creative new college recruitment program.

Listed below are other examples of the PAR model for writing accomplishment statements.

  • Increased sales 30% by creating new markets.
  • Reduced staff turnover by designing new benefit program for employees.
  • Saved the organization sixty thousand dollars by automating the payroll department.

Notice that each accomplishment statement says just enough to get the employer’s attention. The statements intentionally leave out information to tantalize the employer enough so he/she calls you in for an interview. Also notice in each accom-plishment statement, the result is connected to the action by the word “by”. Try to develop at least three accomplishment statements for each position you held. Remember that in order for accomplishment statements to be effective, they must be relevant to the qualities the employer is looking for.

Your accomplishment statements will be more powerful if you use action words to begin each statement. Action words are the verbs which describe the skill you used to accomplish a task. Review accomplishment statements to evaluate the effectiveness of the words you have used. Be dynamic! Use action words like: implemented, designed, created; not passive words like: responsible for and duties were. Always be consistent with the tense your resume is written in. Choose either past or present tense and be consistent. However, if you are writing about a current job, use the present tense.

Employer Viewpoint. . .”When competing with other job seekers, it is important to make your experience count. I pay attention to resumes that are well written. In particular, I’m impressed with job descriptions that show accomplishments. It gives me a better idea about how the applicant will make a contribution to my company.”

           
Rick Fox, Director of Human Resources , West Lynn Creamery

List your education and professional training. Include places attended, dates, certifi-cates and diplomas received. Highlight any specific areas of study or training which are relevant to the job you are applying for. Only those organizations and professional affiliations that relate and are relevant to the position you are applying for should appear on your resume. (Hobbies, personal information, marital status, and age do not belong on today’s resume.) Do not include education information in your work experience section.

Finally, writing REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST is optional. This is a matter of your personal preference, employers assume that if it is not written on your resume that you will give them your references during the interview.

Employer Viewpoint. . .”When I read the work history, I want to see what you did without a lot of extra ver-biage. I like to see title and dates first, then company and job description. The work experience has to match what I’m looking for. When I have to work to find information, I tend to get annoyed with the applicant.”

           
Judith Hayes, Director of Human Resources, Pilgrim Health Care