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Old 12-20-2015, 03:36 AM
 
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Yes it's ok I was recently a Store manager but used " operations manager" or General Manager" on my linkedin page, and paper resume.
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Old 12-20-2015, 06:31 AM
 
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yeah... it's just confusing. My job-title is very administrative, but I do less admin work and more marketing/ event planning/ even write some policy. Its a small nonprofit, like I said, so we all help run it. I just REALLY dislike the title. I'm not going to change it from admin assistant- CEO but changing the title on my resume to better fit what I ACTUALLY do? It seems like a good idea to me, since it's so hard to get hired, but also-- I DONT want to risk losing an offer over it. I work in nonprofits, so I don't know how intense the background checks are-- it depends who you are working for. I guess the HUGE mixed messages I've been getting are troubling. When I google it 50% say its a fine and it's a good way to get hired, others say it's a death sentence and that it's considered lying. I guess it depends on each situation... I just wish there was a general rule-of-thumb. I get you shouldn't ever lie-- but how important is a title anyways? And it's the first thing a manager will see- so shouldn't the title be eye-catching?
You're over thinking this. There is nothing wrong with it, as long as your intent (and the effect) is to be more descriptive of what you actually do, and not to be deceptive. It really comes down to integrity.
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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I'm just worried it would be considered lying? My job title seems VERY administrative-- and it is, but I do a lot of marketing work. I don't just want to add "marketing manager" though because that is VERY far from my job-title.
Why not just keep your job title and add the marketing work you do?

Put "marketing" in the bullet list of skills at the top of your resume. And then, in the section which includes the duties of your current administrative job, list in bullet points the marketing work you do in addition to whatever standard admin. work you do. That way you're not lying, but you can explain on your resume and in an interview that you like learning and doing new things, that way you can explain how you found your passion for marketing and why you want to go permanently in that direction.

I wouldn't lie about job titles or anything but like that, but many of us do find ourselves doing lots of work outside of our job titles. If you're doing it and gaining some new skills/experience, I would definitely put it down and mention it.
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Old 12-20-2015, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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When is it ok? Not ok?
Yes because some companies turn janitor into sanitation engineer.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:54 AM
 
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You're over thinking this. There is nothing wrong with it, as long as your intent (and the effect) is to be more descriptive of what you actually do, and not to be deceptive. It really comes down to integrity.
good point. I actually changed a word on my old job on my resume/ LinkedIn and no one noticed. I did this to land the current position I'm in, which pays pretty well.... for a psychology major! ha! D:

I didn't put I was the executive director or anything. I just changed a word to better fit my goals.

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Old 12-20-2015, 10:07 AM
 
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Why not just keep your job title and add the marketing work you do?

Put "marketing" in the bullet list of skills at the top of your resume. And then, in the section which includes the duties of your current administrative job, list in bullet points the marketing work you do in addition to whatever standard admin. work you do. That way you're not lying, but you can explain on your resume and in an interview that you like learning and doing new things, that way you can explain how you found your passion for marketing and why you want to go permanently in that direction.

I wouldn't lie about job titles or anything but like that, but many of us do find ourselves doing lots of work outside of our job titles. If you're doing it and gaining some new skills/experience, I would definitely put it down and mention it.
Thanks! great advice.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Buckeye, AZ
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good point. I actually changed a word on my old job on my resume/ LinkedIn and no one noticed-- I didn't put I was the executive director or anything. I just changed a word to better fit my goals.
If you have room put the fluffy title and then write in parentheses what the title really was. Like for me merchandise cast member would be in parentheses retail. I currently am a SPED paraprofessional by title by the school district but am called a instructional assistant by the school I work for.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:11 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I don't think it matters much either way. Most will pay more attention to your experience/accomplishments. And realistically speaking, I think it's pretty common knowledge that titles aren't universal. A group lead at one company is the same as a director at another. At many financial institutions, an AVP is really just a branch manager. Associate is actually pretty high up in a consulting firm I worked at (not a salesman).

Personally - Even if it doesn't matter much - I wouldn't change it since there is a degree of subjectiveness to it. Your resume could land in front of that one person who will look down on it. Instead, I'd keep my formal title, but then explain what the 'practical' title is. As mentioned above.
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Old 12-20-2015, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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A little off topic, but this highlighter a problem I have seen my entire career. Employers never seem to look at titles as a useful tool for employees to build a career on. A good employer recognizes that employees will likely move on, especially lower level ones. Offering a series of titles that show career growth is a huge benefit that costs the employer nothing.
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Old 12-20-2015, 12:04 PM
 
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A little off topic, but this highlighter a problem I have seen my entire career. Employers never seem to look at titles as a useful tool for employees to build a career on. A good employer recognizes that employees will likely move on, especially lower level ones. Offering a series of titles that show career growth is a huge benefit that costs the employer nothing.
What incentive do employers have to help their good employees quit the company?
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