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Old 12-19-2015, 12:02 PM
 
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When is it ok? Not ok?
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I think it depends on whether it's accurate and better communicates your role.

For instance, my title never technically changed during my 8 years with my last employer, but my duties certainly did, dramatically. So, in that case, I break out the 8 years with different role names to better communicate my primary duties during that specific duration with that company. If not, I'd have one role name and a looooonnnggg list of tasks that make no sense as to why the same person would be doing lower level and upper level duties.

Also, if I only list the duties I did at the height of my employment before I left, it might be a turnoff to some employers because it would incorrectly appear that in 8 years I had the same role and never moved up, which I did in pay and responsibility, but not in title because I'd need the president's title to do that.
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Back in the Mitten. Formerly NC
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Change it how?
I've simplified my title. A company had a ridiculous name for a Customer Service Manager, which is what my job function was. Because the actual title wasn't clear, I've always put Customer Service Manager on my resume.
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:19 PM
 
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Changing it somewhat for clarity or brevity is, I think, pretty defensible. For other reasons, less so.
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:20 PM
 
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When is it ok? Not ok?
It's not okay to lie, but it is okay if you simply being more descriptive of what you actually did/do. Many veterans have to do is, as military job titles can Lack a civilian equivalent.
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:22 PM
 
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Yeah-- my title is very general and I'm not looking to change jobs any-time soon, but when I graduate from grad. school I probably will. My company is SMALL, 3 people (but in a building that houses 200 people) so the job titles are pretty lame.

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.

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Old 12-19-2015, 12:29 PM
 
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Yeah-- my title is very general and I'm not looking to change jobs any-time soon, but when I graduate from grad. school I probably will. My company is SMALL 3 people (but in a building that houses 200 people) so the job titles are pretty lame.

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.
yes, that's the kind of stuff you want to avoid, although you'll have people come on here and tell you there is nothing wrong with it. Let's put it this way, if a prospective employer called your employer and said, "I understand Bob was the Marketing Manager..." would they be in line with that, or would they say, "Really? He said that? Bob was our purchasing clerk!" You get my drift.
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Old 12-19-2015, 12:36 PM
 
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yes, that's the kind of stuff you want to avoid, although you'll have people come on here and tell you there is nothing wrong with it. Let's put it this way, if a prospective employer called your employer and said, "I understand Bob was the Marketing Manager..." would they be in line with that, or would they say, "Really? He said that? Bob was our purchasing clerk!" You get my drift.
Exactly... I definitely won't change it to that! :P lol.

Can I message you with my job title change, or what I'm thinking of changing it to??
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Old 12-19-2015, 01:05 PM
 
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Exactly... I definitely won't change it to that! :P lol.

Can I message you with my job title change, or what I'm thinking of changing it to??

Sure, if you don't want to post it here.
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Old 12-19-2015, 04:53 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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When HR or the background check people call to verify prior employment, the title had better match, or you would be considered to provide false information and be rejected. It's a fairly common trick to make your job sound more important than it is. Abbreviations would be OK, but not changing the words.
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