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Résumé Help: How to Describe Your Current Position

By Debra Wheatman

On July 2, 2013

In Resume Help

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You nailed the profile.  You’ve done a terrific job of showcasing your top nine core competencies.  Now, you must back up your promises by writing about the scope of your responsibility and showcasing your top achievement in each position.  A big part of that is defining and quantifying that experience.  Candidates often get confused when writing their current position.  When is it proper to use past tense for a current position?  Can you have past and present tenses in one job?  That’s part of the issue that today’s sample candidate faced.   Here’s a look at his attempt at explaining his current job: 

You can see that the tenses are not consistent.  Here is the way to remember tense selection for a current job.  Always write about the scope of your responsibility and major job functions in an overview paragraph.  Write those things in present tense because they are ongoing.  Next, create a bulleted list of accomplishments.  Because accomplishments have been accomplished, the items in the bulleted list in past tense.  Now, some ask this: “What if it is an accomplishment that I am continuing to do?”  The answer is that even if it is an accomplishment that you are repeating, it is still an accomplishment and in past tense.  Anything bulleted is past and the opening overview is in present tense.

Let’s take a look at today’s sample after a rewrite.  We added more detail of his scope, responsibilities, and accomplishments.  The verbs have been corrected and the format updated to distinguish the overview from the accomplishments.

At a glance, you can identify the elements of this data block. It flows well. The overview is easily discerned from the accomplishments.

 

49 thoughts on “Résumé Help: How to Describe Your Current Position”

  • Gamunu Ranasinghe  says:
    June 8, 2017 at 5:33 am

    currently i am working as a garment factory coordinator. how do i explain my job tittle

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      June 8, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Hi:

      If that is your formal title, you would use exactly that: Garment Factory Coordinator.

  • Cherie  says:
    August 9, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I have been working as an Uber / Lyft driver for the past year. I am in school and looking for a better opportunity. Should I add Uber driver to my Resume for the time period since my last office job? TIA

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      August 9, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Hi:

      Since you are in school, you don’t need to list that as a “main” position. I would probably put that under additional experience at the bottom. It’s not the focus of your career pursuits; however, it does demonstrate that you are industrious!

      Deb

  • Julie  says:
    August 15, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Can you follow this format for your current job and then use simple bulleted lists for other jobs which reflect prior experience?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      August 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Hi:

      I generally prefer a consistency on the entire file. However, it depends on a number of factors, including if previous positions are related to the career goal and how long ago those roles were held. These are just two things that I would consider. Simple bullets become rote sometimes. Also, the document needs to highlight achievements. It is a marketing tool for you.

      Deb

  • Lucas  says:
    August 16, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I have been working as a EMT for the past 2 years, how would I explain my responsibilities?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      August 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Lucas:

      You would explain the duties you perform on a daily basis.

      Deb

  • sarika  says:
    November 24, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Hi,I have been working as mapping associate..how do I mention it??

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      November 25, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Hi:

      I don’t understand this question. If you had that title, reference it on your resume.

  • Bond  says:
    December 28, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Hi Debra, Can you please confirm what is correct

    “Working with the Project in the capacity of Sr. Document Controller”

    or

    “Currently I am associated with the project as Sr. Document Controller”

    Thanks

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      December 28, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Hi:

      Here’s how I would word it:

      Currently, I am associated with the project as a senior document controller.

      Deb

  • Omar Lopez  says:
    January 5, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Hi! I am currently a consultant in one company and I’ve been reached out to by another consulting company. As I have only been a part of one account since I am working here, how can I describe the work I have done as this is confidential information?
    Thank you!

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      January 5, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Omar:

      You can discuss the industry in which you are doing work without referencing the company. For example, projects related to oil & gas industry vs. projects for Shell.

      I hope that helps.

      Best,
      Deb

    • Sankar m  says:
      June 23, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      Now am working in Decon engineering and erectors company with engineer post how to mention this in my resume

      • Debra Wheatman  says:
        June 23, 2019 at 12:51 pm

        Hi:

        I am sorry but I don’t understand what you are asking.

  • Jayanta pagaga  says:
    April 4, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    Hi, iam a student just looking for job, how can i wrute my current role?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 5, 2018 at 7:25 am

      Hi:

      If you have a current role to show, you would list the name of the company, your title any responsibilities and then bullet point the achievements. Feel free to visit the samples on the careersdonewrite.com site for examples.

      Best,
      Deb

  • basma shamon  says:
    April 12, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    my department is going through a transitioning and I got new position as Data Reporting but has not start yet. Now my manager want me to detailing my skill experience. should I include the new position and what should I write? your help is greatly appreciated.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 12, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Hi:

      If you know what your responsibilities are in the new role you can include them on your resume. Once you have some achievements to show for your work in your new role, you would then include those as well.

      Best,
      Deb

    • basma shamon  says:
      April 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      unfortunately! my manger didn’t explain the responsibilities, she just say I will be taking a role of reporting and will train me. can I just put “New role as Reporting” in bullets. or just include in my e-mail.

      • Debra Wheatman  says:
        April 12, 2018 at 5:32 pm

        Hi:

        There is nothing to add yet then. You can add the new title and the start date. Otherwise, you don’t have enough information to add more.

        Deb

        • basma shamon  says:
          April 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm

          Thank you

  • Shaik Chand Pasha  says:
    May 8, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Hi debra,
    i am working as an accountant how would i exlain Describe your position and any significant accomplishments.
    Kindly need your feedback.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 8, 2018 at 7:50 am

      Hi Shaik:

      You should add a short paragraph about your responsibilities under your title. Your accomplishments you would bullet point under that short paragraph. Start with verbs and highlight the achievements including any outcomes.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Sogol  says:
    May 9, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Hi
    I’m working at castco right now.
    What should I write in my resume ?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 9, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Hi:

      You can share your customer service skills and anything else you do on a day to day basis there. You need to share the work that you do and highlight it in your resume.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Rahul  says:
    May 26, 2018 at 6:49 am

    hi,

    i’m an account associate and my responsibilities would include po and non po works, check requests handling, mail and rush handling and all,soo how am i supposed to decribe each one and add to my resume.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 26, 2018 at 7:19 am

      Create a short paragraph commencing with a verb and reference those things that you described as your responsibilities. Any achievements would be in bullet format.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Sam  says:
    May 30, 2018 at 2:20 am

    Hi ,
    Im working as a admin executive but i am helping other team also like facility and leasing .
    i wanna to know how can i include all these details to update my resume .
    Because I am interested in facilities management field .
    could you please help on this

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      May 30, 2018 at 8:06 am

      Hi Sam:

      You can include these other duties and accomplishments under your current role as Admin Executive with the other duties. If that is an area of interest, list those things first.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Sho  says:
    June 4, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Hi, I just graduated from university few months ago and looking for jobs now. what should I have as my current position? as I’m not working now and I’m no longer a student.

    thanks.

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      June 4, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      You wouldn’t have a position right now. There would be nothing to list.

      Deb

  • jithin  says:
    September 18, 2018 at 12:57 am

    currently i am working as junior executive post with 5 month experience, how to write in my resume

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      September 18, 2018 at 7:33 am

      Hi:

      You would include the name of the company, your title, and a description of your work with any achievements.

      Best,

      Deb

  • Anwar Sheikh  says:
    September 24, 2018 at 2:05 am

    hii,
    current i am doing a job in Quality control deparment as a `Quality inspector` since May 2011
    how i describe my current job in my Resume?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      September 24, 2018 at 7:49 am

      Hi:

      You would reference your accomplishments in the professional experience section on your resume. You can visit the Careers Done Write website here:

      http://www.careersdonewrite.com/samples/ for examples of how a resume is structured.

      Best,
      Deb

  • Jay  says:
    October 8, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Hi, I just want to know if I can define my current role in the bullet form or not?
    For eg:
    1. Manage a team of 12 members
    2. Look after BTL marketing activities of the territory

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      October 8, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      Hi Jay:

      You can bullet them. However, I would prefer that you put that in a short paragraph and have your accomplishments be the bullets.

      Deb

  • Dupika  says:
    December 2, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Right now I’m working as a nurse in Hemas hospital but my hospital brought by asiri hospital how do I enter that in to my resume

  • Dupika  says:
    December 2, 2018 at 1:04 am

    Currently I’m working as a nurse in asiri hospital which was before Hemas hospital.asiri hospital brought Hemas hospital .how do I enter that in to my resume?

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      December 2, 2018 at 7:52 am

      Hi Dupika:

      You can reference it as Asiri Hospital (Formerly Hemas Hospital)

      Best,

      Deb

  • kiran  says:
    December 6, 2018 at 10:05 am

    still i m jobless so what i wright in my cv current position

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      December 6, 2018 at 10:35 am

      Hi:

      If you are not employed, you don’t have a current position. Therefore, there is nothing to write.

      Deb

  • panirselvi  says:
    April 17, 2019 at 4:23 am

    Hi. Currently i’m doing accounts for transport company.. how do i explain my current position? Thank you…

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 17, 2019 at 7:57 am

      Hi:

      I don’t know exactly what that means but I would capture the level of your responsibilities and then highlight your achievements in bullet points.

      Best,
      Deb

  • shalini  says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:44 am

    hi iam working in auditig office how to write my job title

  • shalini  says:
    April 23, 2019 at 11:46 am

    hi iam working auditing office for system work how to write my job title

    • Debra Wheatman  says:
      April 23, 2019 at 11:50 am

      Hi Shalini:

      Whatever title you were given for the role is how you would reference yourself.

      Best,
      Deb

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