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What If Your Job Title Doesn’t Fit What You Really Do

Job titles are a part of every profession. We are a society obsessed with labeling things, but what if you’re a multi-tasker in charge of everything?

The title of Director of Operations, doesn’t seem to fit properly. Sure, you’re in charge of ensuring the company runs smoothly, but there’s so many other responsibilities you’re tasked with as well, which this labeling doesn’t account for.

Generally titles are used to tell others what you do in your position. Usually it’s printed on a business card, sits on a plaque on your desk, written on your LinkedIn page, or sprawled across your resume. 

But again, what happens when your role involves too many things and no label accurately reflects what you do? 

Well, you get creative! Or we encourage you to.

Why Change Your Job Title

Something as simple as changing or updating your job title has the ability to affect your entire attitude toward your work. 

Remember, titles are just words, so if there are words out there that will help you feel better about your job and ultimately perform better, then why not explore that?

In fact, London Business School professor Dan Cable, did just that. He worked with a local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation whose CEO encouraged his employees to come up with fun job titles to describe what they do. 

An infectious disease specialist relabeled himself a “germ slayer” and a nurse in charge of immunizations became “quick shot”.

Changing Your Job Title Can Affect Your Attitude Towards Your Work

The research found “Rather than viewing titles solely as sources and reflections of formality and rigidity or mechanisms of bureaucratic control, our research suggests that titles can be vehicles for agency, creativity, and coping.” 

It also found that those in the control group who did not get the opportunity to change their titles were not as happy or satisfied 5 weeks later as those who did.

Something as simple as updating a job title helped boost morale, energize employees, and lead to greater overall job satisfaction. 

Get Creative

Knowing this, why not get creative? Some of our favorite creative titles we’ve seen in recent years (and the description that accompanies them) include:

  1. Genius - Service Technician (Apple)
  2. Imagineer - in charge of building attractions, theme parks, resorts, cruise ships, etc. (Disney)
  3. Cast Member - an employee who works at the theme park or retail store (Disney)
  4. Digital Prophet - tasked with predicting digital trends (AOL)
  5. TeaEO - a fun word play on the traditional label of CEO (Honest Tea)
  6. Chief Curator - a person who decides what to feature on the homepage of the website (eBay)
  7. Director, Ethical Hacking - someone who helps companies identify potential security risks to their systems (Predictive Systems, Inc.)
  8. Director of First Impressions - a receptionist or front desk worker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  9. Crayon Evangelist - the person in charge of all graphic design needs at the company (InteQ Corp)
  10. Ambassador of Buzz - manages all corporate communications (Grasshopper)

If you’re a freelancer who works for yourself, why not get creative with how you brand yourself? Who knows! It might even affect how you feel about the work yourself, which in turn could lead to even more clients. 

At the very least, it will be fun, and we all deserve to have a little more fun!

References:

https://hbr.org/2016/05/creative-job-titles-can-energize-workers

https://www.forbes.com/sites/joshlinkner/2014/12/04/the-21-most-creative-job-titles/?sh=16a424e29333 


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