I'm currently updating my resume and have hit a bit of a quandary on how to list my most recent job. I'm hoping that someone on this forum might suggest a succinct, valid qualifier for the title of the position I held most recently. Allow me to explain...
I'm an IT professional with experience in project management, software design, website development, database administration, that kind of thing. I'd like my resume to focus on these past experiences. However, my most recent position was something quite different as I held the post of "Manager of Teaching Affairs Department" (the company being an education institution). I held this post for about 6 months but with the understanding between myself and the CEO that I was acting only as an "interim manager" until a new manager could be successfully found and introduced into the position (the timing of said introduction being a bit of a nuisance factor, and my having been with the company sufficiently long enough to be able to handle the post at least reasonably well).
I learned a lot in that position and it afforded me good experience in managing a department of staff. However, the work was not at all in an IT related area and now, having left the company and seeking work back in the IT industry, I fear that listing it on my resume will detract from my other work experience - particularly as it would have to be the first line of work experience on my resume. Additionaly, since I held the position for such a short time, I worry that it might send the wrong signal (unreliable, flighty, etc). Yet I can hardly leave it out as that would leave a 6 month chunk of my career unexplained.
At the moment, I've listed it as "Manager of Teaching Affairs Department <em>(Interim)</em>". But this seems inappropriate, at best unclear. My aim is not to fib or fabricate, merely to remove the focus off that first line of work experience and onto the more meaty stuff (for my desired kind of work) that appears further down on my resume.
Can anyone suggest an alternative, more official designator to help smooth over this blip? Or should I not worry so much and simply leave it to stand for itself with whatever queries -- possibly rejections-out-of-hand -- that this may bring?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this!