A job title is often used in the search criteria by job seekers and employers. But when a job title on your resume does not appropriately describe what you do, it can mean a lost opportunity. Related: Get Your Free Resume Critique Today! Employers take only a couple of seconds to skim a resume, and they do not necessarily read further into it beyond job titles on initial review. Titles may run from Account Executive to Account Manager, or Junior Analyst to Senior Analyst. It all provides some general insight on a candidate’s level of experience in a particular field. So, what are you to do when the job title you hold does not exactly reflect your level of experience or the responsibilities you have with the position? For instance, say you currently hold the title of “Office Manager,” but 50% of your time is focused on accounting functions, which happens to be the job you are seeking. How can you reflect on your resume upfront that you have extensive accounting experience on the job? There are ways to combat the matter of vague job titles on the resume.
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.