It’s not surprising that humans feel sensitivity around all things that define them: suffixes, prefixes, and names, especially. (Just ask the Sarah who is always called Susan if it rubs her the wrong way). Job titles are no different. Even though we know that “sanitation engineer” is still a garbage man, there is still something in us that wants to march into our bosses’ offices and demand that extra “senior” on our business card or sacrifice a PTO day to switch “specialist” to “manager.” To some extent, yes, job titles can be important when it comes to clarifying and explaining exactly “what you would say you do here,” as said in “Office Space.” But for most, squabbles over job titles are mainly driven by our internal urge to prove our self-worth, essentially to make us feel more important.
Before you let yourself get tangled in a heated job title debate, consider the following tips by a PR at Sunrise Article:
1. There are only so many times you can go back to the well. In other words, don’t make it a habit of knocking on your boss’s door and asking for something. This goes for job titles, money, or a better cubicle. The bottomline is that job titles only get us so far. It’s the work that we do and the experiences we’re given that will help take us far in our careers.
2. Before getting all worked up that Suzie down the hall is a senior executive and you’re a junior executive, look at the big picture. Maybe Suzie has been at your agency longer than you? Maybe it took Suzie an extended amount of time to get that title? Don’t get worked up over things you can’t control. Focus on yourself.
3. Other than a fancier title to put on a business card, what does a new title get you? If you want a new title simply because you think it will help you on the job market, I guarantee you will not get a job offer somewhere else because you are now the senior executive of coolness at your agency. Your experience and results is what will matter. When’s the last time someone hired someone else because of a title?
The bottom line? A job title can’t tell all of the projects you’ve worked on. A job title can’t explain how much money you’ve saved the company by leading the implementation of a new program. And a job title can’t land you another position either; it is the experiences and the effect you’ve had on an organization that will make the difference. So instead of focusing on buffing up the job title on your resume, concentrate on the experiences that fall under it!