Submitted by morrejw on
I am currently and unexpectedly about 2 months into a job search. I am struggling with a couple fo things but the biggest of which is how to address the convoluted structure at my last company. I was at an engineering company where people may have what amounted to three titles; an engineering title (Packaging Engineer, Automation Engineer, Validation Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Engineering Subject Matter Expert); a business title (Account Manager, Business Unit Leader, Business Unit Manager, Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations); and roles at client companies (similar to the engineering titles but aligned to the client/project needs.I was at the company for nearly 13 years. My engineering role changed three times, my business role changed two or three times, and I switched clients three times.
Because of this I have experience and achievements that do not line up well because of role changes at odd times.
For instance I was supporting my last client for the last four+ years. During that time I ran three major multiyear capital projects for the client. My engineering title was the same for the entire four + years (mostly - they added a second engineering title my last three months) but my business title changed twice and the company went through a renaming/restructuring.
Right now I represent that as four separate lines on my resume (see headlines only below), minor differences in resposibilities, and with the same projects (although independent accomplishments per project) on all four. I am getting feedback from recruiters that this is causing confusion. Any suggestions.
April 2018 to November 2018: Engineering SME / Project Manager, Kansas Account, Clarke Solutions
July 2016 to April 2018: Account Manager/Project Manager, Kansas Account, Clarke Solutions (Formerly Clarke Engineering Services)
April 2016 to July 2016: Account Manager/Project Manager, Kansas Account, Clarke Engineering Services
July 2014 to April 2016: Project Manager, Chicago Business Unit, Clarke Engineering Services
Have you considered focusing on only the major role changes as your job titles, and underneath them adding your significant accomplishments and responsibilities? That way it’s only 2 or 3 job roles, with plenty of examples?