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Titles Matter


Titles Matter

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Working as a freelancer I thought titles would hardly matter but they still do. People like to think in generalised terms and when they glance at your CV/Resume, security badge, LDAP properties etc. they will make assumptions based on what they see. Often Job titles are the very first impressions even before you meet you.

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Oh and Andy's career advice regarding learning missing skills associated to the common skill set for a job title you are aiming for is great advice. I have never thought of it in that way on a conscious level but I think I may have done so on some unconscious level.

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What does "Technical Lead" say about me, I wonder...

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GilaMonster (8/8/2014)
What does "Technical Lead" say about me, I wonder...


For me this says that you are a technology expert who can guide your peers and advise management. Anything beyond that is detail and would require closer inspection or interaction e.g. those of us who know you here have learnt more about you as will those who read further details in your CV/Resume (albeit from a different point of view).

Of course, to us your posts have said quite a lot Whistling

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Technical Lead isn't a bad title, though I'd like it better if it were Database Technical Lead or SQL Technical Lead. Still, I think most reading the title will get/assume that you knew something!

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I've only had one bad title - Delivery Lead. The client knew what it meant, I knew what the client wanted, but no one else on the team understood it. I had to keep explaining that "no, I don't do that" and answering "what is it you do again?". Fun questions for a consultant!

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Andy Warren (8/8/2014)
I've only had one bad title - Delivery Lead. The client knew what it meant, I knew what the client wanted, but no one else on the team understood it. I had to keep explaining that "no, I don't do that" and answering "what is it you do again?". Fun questions for a consultant!


Let me guess- you were in charge of getting the donuts and pizza for the team?

Seriously though - bad titles really do tend to confuse a lot. We actually have functional titles (which might be the fancier/funkier/more local titles), and HR titles (the more standardized ones used to track down what to pay). Depending on how exotic my functional title has been (or whether it paints an inaccurate picture as to what I did) I will sometimes just revert back to the HR title on my resume.

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I've only had one bad title - Delivery Lead. The client knew what it meant, I knew what the client wanted, but no one else on the team understood it. I had to keep explaining that "no, I don't do that" and answering "what is it you do again?". Fun questions for a consultant!


Let me guess- you were in charge of getting the donuts and pizza for the team?


Most important job there is!!! Right? Well, except for buying the first round.

Gaz

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One company that had a combustion engineering section had a 'Director of Combustion'.

Now that must be really cool on a resume.

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