Including company descriptions in your resume

It may seem counterintuitive to write about anything but yourself in your resume, but in certain cases reserving a few lines to describe your employers can be a strategic move. It can help to define the size/scope of your responsibilities if you held a leadership role and show career diversity if you’ve worked for (and succeeded within) a variety of organizations. This is also an easy way to explain acquisitions, name changes, or closures.

Here are two ways to present employer information in your resume:

Beneath the company name and location and above your job title and job description paragraph:

ABC Company, Frederick, MD                       2008 to Present

Animation production studio with 15–25 employees and annual revenues of $8M–$10M.

Controller

Provide accounting expertise and human resources management. Report directly to CEO regarding strategic planning, business development, and company’s financial status. Oversee accounts receivable and payable, monthly and annual close, and cost management.

Worked into the first line of your job description paragraph:

ABC Company, Frederick, MD                       2008 to Present

Controller

Provide accounting expertise and human resources management for animation production studio with 15–25 employees and annual revenues of $8M–$10M. Report directly to CEO regarding strategic planning, business development, and company’s financial status. Oversee accounts receivable and payable, monthly and annual close, and cost management.

Regardless of the format you choose, remember to be brief and consistent. Give just enough information about your employers to set the scene for your unique contributions.

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