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Asked by Matthew on August 29, 2017

5 yrs after grad school, I have been climbing the latter with a promotion every year. I understand this is not the norm, but as a 29 yr old I am already sitting in a senior-level position where my role is completely handled with more room to grow. If I decide to look for other employment so I can keep learning and growing: how do you write this on a resume without sounding like I have a huge ego?

Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on September 1, 2017

First of all, congrats on your career growth to date!  While it's not the norm as you suggest, it is a great story that future employers will want to hear from you.  The key word in my previous statement, is "hear."  Just stick to the facts on your resume...document your promotions and the key accomplishments you and your team had to earn them, but no need to try and editorialize, that's where you could run the risk of sounding like having a huge ego.  Any recruiter or hiring manager worth their salt, will see your 5-y track record and immediately be impressed, but as quickly, will have questions:  That's not the norm, I'll have to ask him/her why they've been able to progress so, this candidate may expect a promotion every year based on their career path, do they know that is not realistic?...things have seemed to go very well over the last 5 years, I wonder if this candidate has experienced any failures along the way, I'll have to ask about that...etc.
Bottom-line, if you stick to the facts on your resume, no need to worry about ego.  How you tell your story once you engage with an employer directly will be the true test...

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