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Recent trends have shown a shift in how employers assign job titles, as well as how they are perceived by hiring managers. Basic positions have been given the most complicated and, thus, unclear titles, while Vice Presidents can be found in every corner of a given company.
While such trends often please otherwise unsatisfied employees, what are the long-term consequences? The Creative Networker’s “The Problem with Job Titles” and Daniel Bukszpan’s “Why Unusual Job Titles Are Bad For You And Your Company” explore at least four of the most common issues:
- Future employers won’t be so mesmerized with your creative job title. In fact, such a title might backfire as the employer fails to understand what it is that you really do. With a lack of understanding, your resume might be shuffled right to the bottom of the pile.
- Job titles prevent potential employers from easily comparing your position to that of someone in another business. Even if you have essentially the same duties, you have lost any competitive edge to the person with the clearer title and job description.
- When everyone becomes Vice President within a company, the title loses its meaning. It is no longer a prestigious position to be sought after, but, rather, a sense of confusion to those answering to a plethora of supervisors.
- When applying for future jobs, it is important to remember that employers often use a database to sift through resumes. If your resume does not match any of the title words that employers search with, your resume is lost in the pile.
When assigning new titles to employees within a company, it is important to keep in mind the effects these titles might have. While they appear glamorous and might temporarily please employees, the consequences might actually be negative for those involved.