Jon Thiering
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Job title holds me back from opportunities

I hold the highest hourly rate position in our corporation. I’ve been asked and interviewed more then a dozen times for higher positions title wise. I’ve been awarded the position but when it comes to salary it’s a huge pay cut and one that I just can’t absorb financially. So I’ve been forced to turn them down every time. I have picked up the duties of the job that I’m turning down with no complaints. Now that I’m considering a career move I’m being told that I don’t meet qualifications when my current duties are exactly what the job I’m applying for is. Any suggestions on how to format my resume to show such responsibilities without sounding arrogant or wordy. Thanks

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Benjamin Chansky
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It may be a long shot Jon Thiering but have you been able to try asking for feedback from any of the hiring managers?

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Jim Bauserman
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I can sympathize. All of my jobs titles have been extremely vague things like "Analyst", so the specific bullet points are super important for conveying what I actually do/did. I wouldn't be afraid of sounding arrogant -- that's kind of the point of resumes -- and you shouldn't be too concerned about wordiness either. If you have a lot of varied responsibilities at your job, then definitely include all of them. (Consider dropping some older or less relevant jobs if you need more space to tell people how awesome you are now.) As long as you describe each individual responsibility clearly and succinctly, I don't think hiring managers will be put off by it. You could also try telling the story of a specific project you worked on, and use that as a way to talk about all of the different ways you contributed.

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Patricia Phlieger
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There are several resume builder sites that can help to streamline your resume. Good luck and God bless you

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Joel Keene
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Jon Thiering , I would suggest two things...

First, don't feel like the title your company gives you is the title you're required to use on a job application. You never want to misrepresent your skills and experience, but different companies use different titles so before you apply do some research and try to mirror the titles that company uses as much as possible.

Also, you might want to add a "Skills" section to your profile or resume so when that hiring manager looks at it, they can see what skills you have, and will know you're a good fit, even if the title is a little different.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes!

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Jon Thiering
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The problem is because of the good job I do in my position my year end earnings are more then 2 times the average for the position I have. Any suggestions on how to get companies to pick up the phone and at least call or setup a phone interview? It’s not like I can say in a resume this is what I made last year. HaHa

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