/ Asked by G
I have a question about the impact of job category to career. Is it a weak point to leave a company where you work as a junior specialist?
Answered by Amber, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Hello! I think the answer depends on where you are in your career. Recruiters and Hiring Managers like to see a progression of roles/responsibilities. If you are early in your career, a Junior Specialist would not raise any flags at all. It is a stepping stone necessary to learn and expand your skills. However, if you have already been in a “Senior Specialist” role and then moved back to Junior Specialist, this may cause some concern. If this is the case, I would address it in your cover letter and let the hiring teams know the reason for an unusual career path. Perhaps, you have decided to take a new direction with your career and learn different skills which I believe is understandable. Good luck!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Friday, September 21, 2018
I am going to answer your question based on the idea that what you mean by job category is actually level.  Junior, Associate, Senior etc.  This is incredibly specific to the company you are working for and the industry you are working in.  An Associate Director title in one organization may be a Senior Lead in another.  You need to research this for the companies you are applying to using a professional network or LinkedIn (or the like). 
As previously mentioned, if you went from what was a clearly a more senior position to a position that is junior, in the same company and industry with the same nomenclature, that might very well be concerning to a future employer.  It is also your history and you will need to speak to it.
If you switched companies or industries and the titling is inconsistent, that is worth narrating in your resume/cover letter, but is not a detriment. 
You want to represent yourself clearly and with in a way that shows the recruiter you are the best person for the job.  Have a look at your resume and online professional profiles and see if that is the impression you get.  If you're not sure, ask a trusted advisor or friend to look at what you are presenting for their overall impression.  Taking this hard look at how the world sees your work experience will only make you better prepared!
Best of luck!
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