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unemployed_1959

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I have a dilema on my resume.  I was severely injured on the job within about 6 months of starting a job.  For over 2 years I was assigned to work in a much different department than the one I had been injured, although my official job title never changed.  After those 2 years, the company was sold and the new owners forced me onto workers compensation with no chance of modified duty.  Eventually, I settled with the new company and was laid-off.  I have since gone onto a career in another company doing the same work I did in the department I had been assigned for those two years. 

How do I explain this on a resume?  Is it acceptable to write something like "<job title> permanently assigned to <department>"?  Is there a better way to explain this situation on a resume to avoid having to explain why I was assigned to that department for so long?

Thanks for helping.

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I'm looking forward to seeing what our experts have to say about this one. In the meantime, here's a post of ours talking about how to address being laid off on your resume.

How Do I Explain Being Laid Off?

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Hi unemployed_1959,

I'm a CAREEREALISM Career Expert, and I would not recommend using the language 'permanently assigned to' in your resume. It sounds passive and raises a red flag. Instead, you chose to continue the 'assigned' work in a new company. Why? Was it interesting, did it provide someone value, did it provide stability and career opportunity? Whatever the reason, you now have 4 years experience in this space regardless of how you got there. Own it and brand your resume accordingly. Particularly, if you plan to continue this career path.

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unemployed_1959

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Michael,

Thank you for your answer, however if you woould provide some clarification, I'd appreciate it.  If you would not recommend using "permanently assigned to" as part of the job title in my resume, what would you suggest?  The official title at the time of injury was similar to "production laborer", the job I performed while on modified duty was similar to "account buyer".  Would you use the "production laborer" or "account buyer" title?
Julien. www.ajobilove.net

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Hi unemployed_1959

I believe what you have to put on your resume depends on the target person/recruiter who will read it.

Solution:
-If you plan to send your resume to a person interested by the value that you can provide as "account buyer", then put this tittle on your CV as you now have 4 years experience.
-If you plan to send your resume to a person being not interested at all by the value that you can provide as "account buyer", then it might not be the best option to highlight this title on your resume.

Bottom line:
What counts at the end is the needs of the organisation/company in which you are applying, your resume is just a mean that you can adapt to show how you can respond to these needs.

Julien


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