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    Cyburbian chupacabra's avatar
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    Same job, different title - how should I put that on my resume?

    Sort of a dumb question, but I was curious what the protocols on this might be.

    I am getting a change to my official job title but my duties are staying the same. I am currently a "Planner" and my new title will be "Landscape Architect" (I'm not licensed yet but it dosen't apply in this case).

    My duties and level of responsibility will not change. It is strictly a paperwork thingy for internal organizational reasons.

    What should I put down on my resume for this job?

    - Should I just use my most current job title for the entire period of employment?
    - Should I list both titles under the same period of employment?
    - Should I list the two periods separately (I started as an entry level planner and my duties with the title "LA" will be for strictly senior/project management level work - but the new duties and pay precede the new title)?
    - Should I tell my employer titles are demeaning and demand to have all my business cards say that my job title is "Dave"?
    - Should I list it some other way not mentioned?
    - Should I have another beer?
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    I would go with a slash. Planner / Landscape Architect. Or you can always go with Planner (2008-2011), Landscape Architect (2012-Present).
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    I agree with Hink.

    I would put both, since the job titles can imply different skill sets. Putting both may actually help get you interviews, where you can then explain in more detail.
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    Hink got it on the first try. Planner / Landscape Architect. What you put on your resume as a job title should generally reflect the position, but it does not need to be exact. For instance, I was the "Executive Director and CEO" of a non-profit development organization early in my career. I simply use Executive Director, or even Director as the title.
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    You can put whatever sounds good and right on your resume (Planner/Landscape Architect as everyone has recommended). However, I think with a lot of job applications being online today or in restricted PDF format, I think there might be a space issue, and a computer system might even ban you from using funky characters like "/" or "-". I know I've been foiled before! Just a thought, have another nutshell title as backup in case you ever have to fill in one of those confounded online application forms that seem to be getting more popular.

    Being "Dave" or having another beer sounds good too.

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    I generally agree with the slash approach. However, if you are applying specifically for a Landscape Architect job, I would put that as it reflects a longer history of work in that specific area (regardless of what it was called before the change). Otherwise, it may appear that you are just "sort of" a landscape architect. Or the other way around if you are applying for a Planner position. Nothing wrong with spinning your resume to some degree. Its how you get your foot in the door to at least have an interview. To be clear, I am not advocating anyone saying they did or can do something they can't. But there is value to eliminating too much nuance in your resume to clearly communicate your skills, responsibilities and experience.
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    I had this happen to me in the past...for a period of time I used the slash in the resume (with a parenthetical note of the date and purpose of the change in the job summary). After a while, I lost the slash and simply used the then current title in the resume (I think I made the change after 2 years in the "upgraded position").

    As someone who has reviewed resumes, I'd certainly want either an explanation for the change either in the resume itself or in the cover letter.
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    I was curious about this myself as I'm currently applying for jobs in the economic development field. My former title was "Redevelopment Specialist" but my real work duties encompasses far more than just redevelopment work and included general economic development and planning. Is it okay to use a title on your resume other than what was your official title?
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    OK, thanks everybody.

    "Dave" it is!
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