I'm currently looking at updating my resume, and I'm having a little bit of trouble trying to figure out how to represent my current job situation. Last year I started contracting with Company A. Company A basically dealt with two different markets, X and Y. My work related to market X. Then I got an offer for full time employment from Company A, which I accepted.

Shortly after I started on as a full-time employee Company B spun off from Company A. I was transferred over to this new company. My work did not change at all, I still worked on projects related to Market X. Probably the biggest personal change for me was getting a new email address.

So how do I represent this on my resume? I think people would get the most accurate impression of my job if I listed the time frame as working for Company B. Company A now deals mainly with Market Y, and I have not really done any work related to Market Y. But the beginning date of my current job would then end up being before Company B existed. So I really don't want to do that.


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You are making this too complicated. First you worked for company A, then you worked for company B. List it that way with the appropriate start/end dates.

In the description of your duties for company B (which should be listed first since employment history should be in reverse chronological order), explain what you do. You can also explain that B was spun off from A.

For your duties for A, you can either use a abbreviated version of what you wrote for B, or refer to the B description outright, explaining that at that time, A did what B does now. It would be good to mention you left A to go to B because B was spun out of A. That wouldn't count as a job "hop" against you then.

However, take a deep breath and step back a little. This isn't that big a deal. Mostly those reading the resume just want to see what kind of work you did and how often you hop around. If the work looks relevant but the details a little confusing, they either won't care or will ask you about it later.

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    Thank you, that looks like a simpler and more accurate way of describing my work there
    – midfield99
    Commented May 20, 2014 at 21:19
  • Alternatively "Company B (formerly Company A)"
    – teambob
    Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 11:26

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