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Posted Thursday, November 17, 2011 9:21 PM


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Someone asked me what work I was doing for them this week and I said that I'd come to 'polish some turds'.

that probably wont help me get my contract extended....oops!


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Someone asked me what work I was doing for them this week and I said that I'd come to 'polish some turds'.


Ha, excellent!

Do you have a power tool for that? Or is it done by hand?


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hoping redgate will make a tool for it at some point!

in the end, if you can't polish it, then roll it in glitter

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Posted Friday, November 18, 2011 5:20 AM
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It all depends who is asking.

Technical person (mostly information sector): ETL Developer
Semi-technical (people in the business): BI Guy
Outside World: Programmer
If I have questions regarding whats a programmer, "I work with computers".
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It all depends who is asking.

Technical person (mostly information sector): ETL Developer
Semi-technical (people in the business): BI Guy
Outside World: Programmer
If I have questions regarding whats a programmer, "I work with computers".


Same kind of thing here. My actual title is "Sales and Production Analyst", yet I develop VB forms, write T-SQL queries and procedures, design and implement tables/indexes/triggers, write spreadsheet macros, and train staff to use the system. I also do ad hoc analysis of data (mining, if you will), and process all NAFTA certificates, and a host of other assorted tasks.

When asked, technical people get "database programmer" as an answer.
Just about everyone else gets "I work in IT" - usually followed with an explanation of "IT", as a surprising number of people still don't know what "IT" is.

Some other titles I've had for IT work include: "Senior Data Analyst", "Manage Methods Analyst", and "Business Process Analyst". My experience is that job titles (and job descriptions!) frequently don't match actual jobs. But, at least IT is better than banking. When I worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, I remember running into a lot of people with the title of "Fourth Assistant Vice President". Imagine some kid going to school and saying, "My Dad's better than your dad. He's a Third-and-a-half Assistant Associate Vice President!"


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Like Steve, I keep my answers more generic, such as "computer programmer" or "database administrator" when talking to others.

I would have no clue what to put on a resume at this point - I have a specific title listed somewhere with our HR department, but to look any of us up in the employee directory, it simply shows "Staff" or "Manager" titles - can't get much more generic than that!
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My title is "SQL Server Database Administrator/Data Warehouse Specialist".

I like it and it describes very accurately what I do. This doesn't fit too well on business cards but I don't require them for work so that's not an issue there. Sadly, this precludes me from putting business cards into fishbowls at restaurants to win free lunches. So the next time my girlfriend is ordering some for work, I'll get her to make some for me with title "Lunch Draw Winner".
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Like everyone else, when I am asked the question about my job title from someone outside "the know" I usually respond with "IT". I'm a "Consultant" with my company and labeled a "Database Administrator" while on the job (don't ask). My resume goes with the Database Administrator title.
When asked the same question from people in "the know" I like to be a little more creative and go with "Master Databaser" or "Senior Databasing Executive".

Here's a discussion we had on how to describe what we do to other non-IT folk, the next step in labeling your professional self.


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