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Old 12-20-2015, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by JasonF View Post
What incentive do employers have to help their good employees quit the company?
None, but by the actions of some people in some firms it would appear that they are clueless to this fact
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Old 12-20-2015, 03:32 PM
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I've changed mine to reflect closer to what I actually did. A lot of companies have very non descriptive functional titles (e.g., Developer I, Developer II, Developer III, etc.) Soon after working at a place, I put a title at the bottom of my emails that is more descriptive about what I do. As long as I don't get any objections from my boss, I continue to use it and that's what will later go on my resume.

At one company, I was hired as a Project Manager. This went on my business cards and email .sig as it was expected of me (even though on my pay stub it would say 'Developer IV'). I think that most recruiters expect that there may be a difference between what a person is hired as and how the job is classified by HR. Additionally, the work that someone is doing may change significantly since the time of their hiring and turn into something very different. It can be very difficult for a manager particularly in a large company to request a change in formal job titles with corporate HR. Consequently, many managers are ok with some job title naming variance on the email .sig and business card and later resume if it accurately reflects what the person is doing.

I managed a technical writer who went on to manage our CMS. He spent a few years doing this 70% of his time. If he put CMS Adminstrator on his resume (even though he might be Tech Writer III on some HR classification), if I received a call years later from a recruiter asking about his CMS Admin position that he had had on my team, I would have no objections to that.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:42 PM
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:45 PM
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I'm pretty sure employers already know what Developer is.
Put Developer on your resume and briefing describe your responsibilities under that heading.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:49 PM
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I change the heck out of my resume! I have 5 different resumes stored on one employment site. Depends on the job I'm applying for. They all have different titles.
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Quizillla View Post
When is it ok? Not ok?
Depends on what you mean by "ok".

My question is: How would they ever know? MOST employers don't spend too much time on the background check. Worst case scenario... you won't be working for those few that do.

Doesn't seem like a big deal to me.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:49 PM
Location: Vermont
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Let's see, you have a job that has a certain title and you're thinking of listing a different title on your resume?

The only reason I can imagine a prospective employer considering it lying is because it would be lying!

Other than that I really can't see any problem with it.
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:28 AM
Location: NYC
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Changing the title means you're taking on a risk. If you gotten a job that you don't qualified for you'll be picked out soon.
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:39 AM
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Have you ever just thought about asking your employer to change your title, being that you're involved in such a small operation? My husband works for a global company but during his review, he asked if he could now be the "Senior XYZ" rather than just the "XYZ" because it would be more beneficial when applying to jobs in the future.
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Old 12-21-2015, 03:02 AM
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It depends. I am in a odd role quite often, a cross between the old school QA role of manually testing things, and a software developer. I write test automation software. Places hire me, and label me as everything from QA, Test automation engineer, software engineer, and SDET.

I can do pretty much any of the jobs described that way. Even worse...some jobs start as one job, and morph into another.

So I tend to label my job as per the job title at the time on my resume, but then later during the actual interview I will use the preferred terminology of the company I am applying too.

Job titles these days are not extremely helpful. What used to be "Janitor" is now "Sr Sanitation Engineer"
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