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After a staff departure in my department, I filled an open management position on an "interim" basis for over two years before transitioning to a more permanent status in the same position. Should I represent this as two separate CV entries? Should I present the entire period as a non-interim position?

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If it were me, I'd keep it simple and just list as non-interim. It's more about what you did than what they called you. Your responsibilities remained consistent (presumably) so go with the regular title.

  • If it was just a month or two, I'd tend to agree with your suggestion. In this case making sure that your resume is in sync with what HRs records say is important. If your resume says you were promoted from Staff Tummy Rubber to Manager of Cat Petting in 2014, but when someone checks your employment history and HR says you weren't promoted to management until 2016 that's going a to raise a red flag with your potential new employer. You can probably talk your way out of it, but why risk it. If you can't confirm what the official records state putting Acting Manager of Cat petting is safer. – Dan Neely Oct 25 '16 at 5:35
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I would separate them by actual formal title. This then matches up with anything your background check might find.

In the job where you were an interim, if you retained your former title, I would make sure to put selected to be Interim Manager of the department from Aug 2014-Aug 2016 and include your duties.

Then you can put in the promotion in a separate entry.

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Both are equally valid. Personally, I prefer to show that it was a separate employment, I withhold a few responsibilities from the temp position and put them into the permanent one to make it look even better.

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