As the saying goes, “there is more than one way to skin a cat”. When it comes to resume writing, there are numerous ways one can approach various facets of a resume in order to maximize its effectiveness. How a resume is structured will depend upon a client’s background and target. Remember, what we are looking to do is shape the resume into a structure that highlights strengths, masks weaknesses, and attacks the target.
The “Professional Experience” section is one such section where a good resume writer can utilize various options in order to maximize effectiveness. When a client has a history consisting of multiple positions with the same organization, it is sometimes beneficial to group those positions into one entry. This may be a good strategy if the client has three or four positions held in less than five years, with another four to five positions to cover before reaching the ten-year watermark. This will keep the resume from having that “chronological graveyard” look and keep things concise. Of course, this is assuming these positions are of a similar nature. For instance, this can work for combining positions such as Accounting Clerk/Staff Accountant, but not for Staff Accountant/Logistics Coordinator.