I just recently left a company where I worked for 8.5 years. During my time there I held two positions: Associate Creative Director and Art Director. With staff shifts and layoffs, I held each position twice. Art Director > Associate Creative Director > Art Director > Associate Creative Director.  

On my resume would you still list each position in reverse chronological order? Or would you list them as two positions with two dates?

<Reverse Chronological sample>
January 2009 – September 2009, Associate Creative Director
Accomplishments and Duties
June 2005 – January 2009, Art Director
Accomplishments and Duties
July 2003 – June 2005, Associate Creative Director
Accomplishments and Duties
May 2001 – June 2003, Art Director
Accomplishments and Duties

<Two Jobs Sample>
Associate Creative Director, January 2009 – September 2009 & July 2003 – June 2005
Accomplishments and Duties

Art Director, June 2005 – January 2009 & May 2001 – June 2003
Accomplishments and Duties


NickA's picture

I find the two jobs sample confusing.

jib88's picture

The reverse chronological format still makes the most sense to me. You will certainly get some questions around around the repetition, but at least it is clear what roles you held and when.


acao162's picture

Do you have distinct accomplishments & duties for each time period that you held the jobs?   If yes, list reverse chronological, particularly if each one builds on the next.

If it is essentially the same, use the two jobs choice.  Why repeat yourself?  Also, I'd consider listing the time periods above and below rather than across from, just easier to read maybe?

You can likely explain the job history in your cover letter in a few words.

asteriskrntt1's picture

I would put May 2001 - Sept 2009.... Art Director/Associate Creative director.

Nothing deceptive about it and you can clarify in the covering letter and interview if required.  Focus on the accomplishments, not making this "perfect".  The alternatives you provided are not going to be helpful in gaining an interview.