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When Your Job Title Doesn't Match Your Job

Kent Nolen

“ I'm currently at a road block with my current company in terms of career advancement and I'm looking to move.  My current title doesn't really reflect my actual job and also doesn't really exist out in other career spaces.”

Many people are unsatisfied with their titles. Following are some things to keep in mind if you feel that what you do isn’t adequately represented by your title:

  1. In most cases, do not change your title on your resume. In the current employment landscape, your job title is one of the very few things that can be easily verified. So keep your job title as is and use language in the associated position overview and bulleted achievements (you do have bulleted achievements, don’t you?!) to more accurately capture what you’ve done and the impact you’ve made.

  2. If your official title is “out of the box,” consider changing it. If, for example, you are the Chief Ideas Officer, feel free to change it to something more universally understood on your resume. When verifying employment, future employers will understand (and accept) – in these rare cases – why you opted to use a broadly accepted title.

  3. Focus on communicating your responsibilities and your impact. Savvy employers can spot title inflation a mile away. If your bullets don’t rise up to meet your title, you’ll land in the “no” pile.