I am stuck with using the articles.

In the sentence:

I was employed as: declarant, interviewer, promoter, boutique seller.

Do I use an article only after as or in front of each word? Can I omit it anyway?

P.S. Is declarant correct word in English for a person who puts/adheres declarations on products that go on sale?

  • I do not understand what you mean by "declarant" and "declarations"? Are you talking about someone who adheres labels to goods? I don't think I've ever head a word for the role of someone who performs this task.
    – Tashus
    Jan 16, 2019 at 17:18
  • @Tashus I do not know how exactly the terms are expressed in English, but yes, I am talking about that person.
    – NinaAs
    Jan 16, 2019 at 17:24
  • Is there a specific word for this in your native language? If so, what are the language and the word?
    – Tashus
    Jan 16, 2019 at 17:35
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    I can't think of a specific word or phrase for this task, but I have never worked in retail. You may simply have to describe the role or task in a few words. "Inventory manager" sounds better than "label placer".
    – Tashus
    Jan 16, 2019 at 17:42
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    @Tashus - That may sound better, but it could also be misleading. It could be that the OP worked for an inventory manager while placing labels on goods, but the responsibilities of an inventory manager go much deeper than that.
    – J.R.
    Jan 16, 2019 at 21:49

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It is grammatically correct either to use only a single article before the first noun or to use an article before every noun. I would recommend using the article before every noun if you would like to emphasize that you were employed in several roles (whether or not these were at the same time) and to use the article only before the first noun if you would like to emphasize that you were employed in one multifaceted role.

I would also not recommend using a colon, as this is a rather simple list. Instead, you can simply write "I was employed as a declarant..."

I am not quite sure what you mean, but I do not believe "declarant" is used in this way in English. (Instead it has a specific legal meaning.)

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