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If you are a contractor working at a client site, your ONLY client, how would you list that on your resume?

In addition to that, if your title at the company you work for did not match, at all, your job and responsibilities at the client site, how would you list that on your resume?

e.g. your company lists you as an Network Engineer but your job responsibilities primarily consist of counting the number of tiles on the ceiling and moving old equipment from one room to another. (kind of extreme but you get the point)

In other words, your title has nothing to do with what you really do.
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Originally Posted by O-Mac View Post

If you are a contractor working at a client site, your ONLY client, how would you list that on your resume?

In addition to that, if your title at the company you work for did not match, at all, your job and responsibilities at the client site, how would you list that on your resume?

e.g. your company lists you as an Network Engineer but your job responsibilities primarily consist of counting the number of tiles on the ceiling and moving old equipment from one room to another. (kind of extreme but you get the point)

In other words, your title has nothing to do with what you really do.

List the company you worked at as if you were a full time employee at that company. Nobody cares which temp agency you worked for, just the company. I will indicate on your resume that your were/are a contract employee though...

Change your job title to something appropriate. Don't inflate though. HR personal will exclude your resume if you have a funky job title...
post #3 of 7
I believe it's ok to change your job title to something else for clarity. As long as you mention it in the interview that you changed it.
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I believe it's ok to change your job title to something else for clarity. As long as you mention it in the interview that you changed it.

That could be a slippery slope though. Essentially what you are saying during your interview that you made up stuff on your resume. Probably, not the best time to confess that stuff.

If your job title does convey what you do, change it. Remember, job titles are unique to the company you work for and your rank within a given department.

Another way one can handle this situation is to place your official job title in parenthesis after your appropriate one. For example:

Tile Counting Specialist (Network Engineer)
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Originally Posted by Dave K. View Post

That could be a slippery slope though. Essentially what you are saying during your interview that you made up stuff on your resume. Probably, not the best time to confess that stuff.

If your job title does convey what you do, change it. Remember, job titles are unique to the company you work for and your rank within a given department.

Another way one can handle this situation is to place your official job title in parenthesis after your appropriate one. For example:

Tile Counting Specialist (Network Engineer)

Better than the new company calling the old company and finding out you lied on your resume. You are simply changing the title for clarity. As long as you are up front about it then you have nothing to hide or no surprises later. Even if you parenth a job title which one was it? I'm not in HR but I've done this in the past and I was up front about it. It worked out
post #6 of 7
List who and when you worked for them, and depending on what you are applying for (eg. another contract), it may be beneficial to note in the brackets that you were full-time or contract or whatever during the time period, as this can show your flexibility in how you will be hired. At varying economic times, some full-time positions become contract and vice versa. I have indicated that during a period I was contract and then for the same company in a period right after was hired as full-time - shows how good a job was done the company was anxious to keep me.

List your title, but have a section indicating Duties and Achievements, as you can you show your flexibility in adapting beyond your title and what you really did. I started out as Tech Support, but listed duties of administering directory services, backup tapes, data archiving (which some would say is SysAdmin) and put down achievements integrating Macs into an Active Directory environment when the folks that hired me thought it was not even an option. Also, any projects that took a good amount of time are good to note.
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