If you have performed the functions that match a job opening, but have not held the title, the challenge becomes how to clearly demonstrate to the reader that you are a viable candidate. Here's a way to accomplish that.
Instead of using your job title, give yourself "headings" that highlight roles you successfully functioned in, without giving yourself an untrue title. For example:
ABC Company, City, State (Dates)
* Oversaw technical development projects from start to finish with responsibility for customer deliverables.
* Managed project budgets and schedules.
* Tracked time lines and ensured delivery within customer requirements.
* Oversaw a team of six.
* Determined job requirements and scheduled appropriate staffing.
* Delegated work assignments and evaluated performance.
* Collaborated with management to identify customer requirements and develop solutions.
* Met with customers to evaluate and resolve issues.
* Traveled to customer sites and recommended portfolio of products.
* Identified and developed new accounts.
Note, that each of these entries as bolded and underlined is not an official title, but it honestly depicts how the candidate functioned in prior positions. This helps the reader to connect experience with requirements.
The objective of the resume is to get an interview. Once you are on the interview, you can talk about the fact that you might have had the title of "Office Administrator", but these were your functions. In the examples above, if the candidate had noted Office Administrator on his resume, he might have been pegged as someone who performed an entirely different set of tasks. In reality, he was very qualified to accept a position that fit any of the titles that support the functions he successfully performed: Project Manager, Supervisor, Consultant, or Sales Associate.
If you are facing the challenge of conveying to your reader that you performed at a different level than your title depicts, consider using a format such as this. This is a functional resume within a traditional chronological format. This is a unique way to direct the reader's attention to how your skills relate to a specific position you are targeting, especially if your skill set covers a range of positions you are qualified to fill.
Another feature of this format is that you can easily cut and paste the section you want to highlight into the first place on the page.
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