Cover Letter Change Position Within Company Resume

Including multiple jobs from the same company on your resume

How to Handle It on Your Resume

So you've been promoted or changed positions with an employer, and you're unsure how to present this on your resume. There are two ways to format your positions: stack the job titles under the employer's name, or create separate position descriptions.

Approach 1: Stack the Job Titles

This strategy is good if you would like to emphasize your highest-level position and show promotions within the organization. Include the overall date range for your employer next to the company name and location, followed by a list of positions in reverse chronological order (most recent first). For example:

COMPANY NAME - City, State, 2/01 to present

  • Store Manager, 8/03 to present
  • Assistant Manager, 5/02 to 8/03
  • Clerk, 2/01 to 5/02

To emphasize your promotional advancement, lead your position description with something like: “Promoted to store manager to...” and then describe the challenges and responsibilities that you assumed with your promotion. Be sure to include a bulleted list of achievements, which can reflect your contributions from any of your positions.

On your Monster resume, you can keep one employment listing by including your highest position in the “Formal Title” field, and then explaining that you held other positions in the “Work Description” section.

If you held numerous positions (five or more) with one employer, the above list of job titles will start to take up valuable space on your resume. Summarize your early job titles using one line of text. For example:

COMPANY NAME - City, State, 2/01 to present

  • Store Manager, 8/03 to present
  • Assistant Manager, 5/02 to 8/03
  • Early Positions: Student Intern, Clerk and Retail Sales Rep, 2/01 to 5/02

 

Approach 2: Create Separate Position Descriptions

If each of your positions is strong and relevant, separate the job titles and provide individual position descriptions. This approach is a great way to reveal your achievement history according to position and time frame. Pay attention to how you format these jobs so that you don't appear to be job-hopping. By keeping the overall date range next to the employer's name and indenting the job titles, the reader will easily see that you moved around within one organization. For example:

COMPANY NAME - City, State, 2/01 to present

  • Store Manager, 8/03 to present
    Describe responsibilities and achievements…
  • Assistant Manager, 5/02 to 8/03
    Describe responsibilities and achievements…
  • Clerk, 2/01 to 5/02
    Describe responsibilities and achievements…

On Monster, simply provide a new employment entry for each position.

Draw Attention to Promotions

Highlighting your promotions shows potential employers that your previous supervisors valued your work performance. Even lateral moves suggest you were able to handle diverse responsibilities. Here are a few ways to describe your promotions:

  • Repeatedly recognized for top performance through fast-track promotions and selection for high-priority initiatives.
  • Earned promotion following superior performance and demonstrated ability to quickly learn and master complex concepts.
  • Established an accomplishments-driven career highlighted by rapid acceleration to increasingly responsible positions.
  • Achieved promotional advancement from earlier positions.

Do you feel like you've gone as far as you can in your current job? Been at the same company for too long? It may be time to make a job or career change. In that case, sign up for a membership to Monster so you can upload your resume for recruiters to find you. You'll also get weekly job alerts and career advice from Monster experts keeping you in the know on the latest employment data and trends. 


Writing a cover letter might seem like a waste of time if you’re applying for an internal position, but assuming that another department manager appreciates your skills and contributions to the company is a mistake. Even if the department manager knows you, she may be unaware of the extent of your previous experience, knowledge and special areas of expertise.

Introduce Yourself

A well-written cover letter serves as an introduction. It not only summarizes your qualifications, but also details the personal qualities that make you a good choice to fill the position. The cover letter presents the most pertinent facts about you in the best possible light. When you take the time to write a cover letter, you let the hiring manager know that you take the internal job application process seriously. A good cover letter serves as an enticement to read your resume, which should be updated to include your current skills and level of experience.

Example:

I enthusiastically submit my application for the Accounting supervisor position. Working at this corporation for the past five years has given me many opportunities for using my training and skills as a certified public accountant and graduate of Carlson School of Business.

Summarize Relevant Experience

Your cover letter allows you to highlight your experience with your current company and with previous employers. Chances are even if you are well-known in your current company, a manager won’t necessarily know every detail about what you do during the day. Other departments may only see the results of the work you do and might not understand the skills and expertise required to carry out the work. The hiring manager also won’t know about your previous experience. If you performed several tasks relevant to the open position in another job, it’s important to mention this, rather than risk the manager dismissing your application as lacking sufficient experience.

Example:

My current job duties include cost accounting and internal auditing. I am known for my honesty and integrity. Previously, I worked at an accounting firm in Baltimore where I also managed the office and supervised five accounting clerks.

Mention Special Qualifications

Use the cover letter to briefly explain any special qualifications that make you a good candidate for the job. Any special skills and qualifications that are specific to your company can give you an edge over outside candidates. It’s important to note if you have accreditation, certification or training in your field. If you have a good working relationship with the manager’s department, detailing your experience working on joint projects will emphasize how much you already know about the department’s role in the company.

Example:

I am seeking this promotional opportunity because I have many solid relationships within the company and a demonstrated track record of being a team player. Compiling the J.D. Gurney report is just one example of how I worked collaboratively with other departments to meet a pressing deadline.

Promote Company Ties

You have one asset that other applicants for the position don’t: your proven relationship with your company. You’ve already demonstrated that you are a reliable, loyal employee. End your letter by explaining why you like working for the company and what give you a competitive edge.

Example:

If offered the position, I can start immediately and quickly get to work in the new job with minimal orientation, or training in company policies, which I already understand and follow.

About the Author

Working at a humane society allowed Jill Leviticus to combine her business management experience with her love of animals. Leviticus has a journalism degree from Lock Haven University, has written for Nonprofit Management Report, Volunteer Management Report and Healthy Pet, and has worked in the healthcare field.

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