Is Your Job Title A Joke?

Clients often ask me if I think they should tweak, or even flat out change their job titles on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles so they can sound more successful and important. My first response is they should never lie. Recruiters hate, I mean HATE it when candidates lie about their credentials. However, it is important your job title have the right keywords.


Keywords Matter

Recruiters don't read your resume or LinkedIn profile, they skim it. Studies show you've only got about six seconds to make an impression. One of the things they do during those six seconds is to skim your job titles to see if you've ever held the role they are looking to hire. So, if they need a "Training Manager" and you've been a, "Learning & Development Specialist," that's not as clear a match as if you've been a, "Training Leader." As a result, it can help to adjust your job titles to sync with the job you're applying for, but only if that title is an accurate description of what you did. For example, if you never managed employees, you shouldn't add "Manager" to your title.

Don't Get Keyword Crazy

On the flip side, another mistake I seek job seekers making is the overuse of keywords in their job titles. In an effort to appear more successful, they make up titles that sound important. The result? A job title that is confusing and doesn't make sense. Beware of this. Recruiters can see through the bull!@#$. To help you see what I mean, visit the website, Stupid Job Title Generator. Created by a Google developer, it creates long, keyword-stuffed job titles that scream, "I'm trying too hard." If your titles sounds like any of these, I suggest you simplify it.

Personality, Aptitude & Experience Get You The Job...Not Your Job Title

While having the right job title might get you the interview, it's your personality, aptitude, and experience that get you hired. That's why networking is the real secret to finding your next position. The more people you meet, the more you can share your expertise and get recognized for your skills. In which case, your job title will be irrelevant.

Want More Help? Try This…

For anyone reading this who wishes they could work with someone to make sure their resume and LinkedIn profile are optimized properly, I invite you to check out CAREEREALISM’s sister site, CareerHMO. For the cost of a couple of lattes, you can get access to the best coaching, content and community available to advance your career. At CareerHMO, we take your career personally. Come see what we can do for you.

When most people think of Nike, they think of shoes, retail stores, and, of course, athletes. That's all true, but there's more. Behind Nike's walls, you'll find the doers and thinkers who design, create, and innovate every day. There are also data scientists who discover and leverage athlete insights to create the future of sport.

You might be surprised to learn about the impact you can have in Data & Analytics at Nike versus at a major tech giant. Nike employees get to work on a wide array of challenges, so if you're obsessed with math, science, computers, and/or data, and you love sport, these stories may inspire you to work at Nike.

SHOW MORE Show less

Employee loyalty is something every company longs for. It's estimated employee turnover costs as much as 130-200% of an employee's salary. When a talented, knowledgeable, trained employee leaves, it's bad for business. And, when lots of them leave, it can be the kiss of death.

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the interview situation one of our viewers, Remi submitted. He was in an interview and was asked the question: How many cows are there in Canada right now? - What a weird question but this is a technique that some hiring managers are using these days.

SHOW MORE Show less

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Kevin submitted. He is a college student who's working a part time job to make ends meet. The manager/owner of the company has become a micro-manager who watches him work on camera and reads his company emails. A bit over the top wouldn't you say?

SHOW MORE Show less