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I want to ask about a article before a position of job, because I have problem for using it. My sentence looks that:

My position was the/a/an/none e-shop back-end and front-end software developer.

  • The two basic rules I posted here once could be useful. Another note: the choice between a and an depends on how we pronounce the noun. – Damkerng T. Sep 3 '15 at 5:59
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There's not actually a single answer to this... it depends on the company structure, which you haven't included in your question, but that's ok.

Here's your sentence:

My position was _____ e-shop back-end and front-end software developer.

If you were the only person at that company with that job title, the correct article is "the".

My position was the e-shop back-end and front-end software developer.

Now, if you were one of two or more people with this position, then you would use the indefinite article. Here, the choice is between "a" and "an". The rule is

  • Use "a" when proceeding a consonant sound
  • Use "an" when proceeding a vowel sound

In your case, e-shop is a vowel sound, so you'd go with "an".

My position was an e-shop back-end and front-end software developer.

You can use neither article, though, if you wish. Because this position is sort of your "title", you could certainly opt to exclude them.

My position was e-shop back-end and front-end software developer.

If it helps, you can imagine "e-shop back-end and front-end software developer" is in quotes but don't include the quotes on your resume/CV.


As an added note, in the versions with articles, you don't necessarily need the word "position":

I was the/an e-shop back-end and front-end software developer.

This version is perfectly fine and (to my ears) sounds slightly better.

  • Generally, you'd mention specifically that you were the only developer. "I was the only front-end software developer int the company". Without 'only', practically, it's difficult to guess when we hear this from someone. – Maulik V Sep 3 '15 at 6:05
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    @MaulikV I'm not a programmer but, in general, I don't agree. "Only" certainly serves to emphasize the fact that you're the developer but it isn't required. That's part of why "the" exists. – Catija Sep 3 '15 at 6:07
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I'd use designation.

And, you should use 'an' because of the vowel following the article. Just like an eCommerce website, an email and so on.

My designation was an e-shop backend and front end software developer

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