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Old 04-29-2019, 02:53 PM
 
Location: SNA=>PDX 2013
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I'm just wondering if I should fight for a title change or not. They're paying me accordingly (I'm making as much as a data analyst would with the amount of experience I have), but will there be any repurcussions about not having an appropriate title?

My job is made up of 3 components.

  • ATS Administrator -45%
  • Data Analyst - 40%
  • Talent Acquisition Coordinator (TAC) - 15%
Current title: TA Coordinator/ATS Administrator
What I'd like: TA Analyst/ATS Administrator (in any order)

Here's some general info.

The only real coordinator stuff I do is actually more administrative and backing up the other TAC and the admin assistant. They originally went with the TAC only title so they didn't have to create a new one and they weren't 100% sure what I was going to be doing (as in percentages). They told me I could add Analyst after it if I wanted (but it's not official). After a year, they reevaluated my position and now pay me as an analyst, but my title doesn't reflect it.

I live in the ATS and Excel. I'm usually in the ATS so I can pull the data needed, make changes to get cleaner data, clean the data for better reports, keep up with all the updates, and make changes to help the recruiters. I create all TA reports for management from the ground up. My boss wants us to put the ATS data into a datawarehouse so we can use Tableau. I'm hoping to up my game this year so I can create the reports in Tableau or lose half my job. If I lose half my job, I may move on.

So, how important is a title? What is it worth?
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Old 04-29-2019, 03:01 PM
 
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What are your future goals and which title will look better on your resume?
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:09 PM
 
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Personally, I don't put much stock in titles. My title doesn't reflect all I do, but to get by HR and their BS, it worked. I am as high as I can go, or even care to go at this point in my life.

BUT...I think HR too often only looks at titles when considering candidates for new jobs, and labor union/classifications in the case of govt. work.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:28 PM
 
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What are your future goals and which title will look better on your resume?

I'd like to add the data analyst part since that's where I want to stay and if I leave it'll give me more flexibility. Being an ATS Admin is good too, but I don't think I could only do that.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:31 PM
 
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Personally, I don't put much stock in titles. My title doesn't reflect all I do, but to get by HR and their BS, it worked. I am as high as I can go, or even care to go at this point in my life.

BUT...I think HR too often only looks at titles when considering candidates for new jobs, and labor union/classifications in the case of govt. work.
I agree. I mean, when I go to conferences, state what I do, my LinkedIn account, everything I wrote says TA Analyst and my boss knows it.

And I agree with the latter, that HR will see a title and say pass w/o reading what I do. Granted, I have no issue changing the title on a resume - my last job was gov't and everyone in the private sector would always ask me, "what does your title mean?" On the upside, those people read my resume to know I was experienced enough for the job.

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Old 04-29-2019, 04:31 PM
 
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I'd like to add the data analyst part since that's where I want to stay and if I leave it'll give me more flexibility. Being an ATS Admin is good too, but I don't think I could only do that.
Push to get the title that benefits your future the most. Take into account industry norms and expectations.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:08 PM
 
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Titles mean a lot.

For many roles (such as project manager) employers do not count experience unless it is in a role with that exact same job title.
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:08 AM
 
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When I went through this it was like pulling teeth. I gave up and decided my best move was to a different company.

Said company was just me. I started a one man consulting firm and made more money than I ever did working for someone else.

And my boss was a wonderful guy.

My office was 20 feet down the hall in the morning. Lord I miss that job. Retired now, but really would like to go back to it.
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:11 AM
 
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I started a one man consulting firm and made more money than I ever did working for someone else.
So you did not work for any clients or customers?

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And my boss was a wonderful guy.
But you just said you did not work for someone else. You just contradicted yourself in the span of seconds.

Deceptive language is not a good thing.

Employees work for one boss.
Consultants work for multiple bosses - each client or customer is their boss.
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Old 04-30-2019, 07:48 AM
 
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Simple really. Ask for the title you want. The one that will serve you best in the future.
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