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.


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
    May 20 '14 at 21:19
  • Alternatively "Company B (formerly Company A)"
    – teambob
    Nov 28 '15 at 11:26

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