A friend of mine will soon apply for her first management position, and she was coached by a professional resume writer (who I don't know). That coach recommended to write the resume with the title of the position she wants to get, not with her current role, so her draft is now titled 'rahrahrah Manager'.
Personally, my first thought is that this is ridiculous, and if I get such a resume knowing she doesn't and didn't ever have that role, I would consider it trying to cheat at minimum, and probably would discard this candidate right away.
The application is within the same company, and everyone in the hiring process will know her current role, there is no chance that they would assume she already has a management role.
The coach's reasoning was that 'this is the new style', and it impresses that you are 'ready for that role' and 'feel right at home in it'.
Question: is this a valid and usual approach? Would it be acceptable, or considered fishy?
It could well be that I lived under a rock too long, and I'm fine to get 'ok boomer', but I actually don't want her to ruin her chances, so I'd like to know if this is nowadays common and accepted.
Edit: I am talking about the title on the resume, not the cover letter. I understand that a cover letter would refer to the offered position's title (and mention it as a bolded title potentially); that's not what I mean.
This is in the USA.