My coworker has a Junior software developer title given by our company yet I saw him wrote that he is a junior software engineer on his resume. All he does on the job is to write code and create integration + unit tests for our endpoints. He did not do any design since I'm doing the design, so he is not fit for this title. How do I text/email him that what he is doing is unethical?

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    What is unethical about it?
    – Kilisi
    Mar 3, 2022 at 0:16
  • Did he give you a copy of his resume to preview ? Or did he post his resume on a public website such as LinkedIn, and you happen to view his resume by chance ? Mar 3, 2022 at 0:16
  • @Kilisi because this is not the title that the company gave him
    – Noom57
    Mar 3, 2022 at 0:17
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    Is he aware that there is a difference between "software engineers" and "software developers" at your company ? In many companies, both positions are the same while in some other companies, they may have 2 different roles. Mar 3, 2022 at 0:18
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    "in our company, the swe title is people who..." @Noom57 Sure, but does he know that? More importantly, is anyone outside your company who looks at his portfolio site going to know that?
    – BSMP
    Mar 3, 2022 at 19:31

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Job titles are company specific and can be anything. They can even be unrelated to the persons duties.

But in any case, it's your colleagues resume, you have no business getting involved with it. Many resumes I have seen over the years were part half truths and fantasy. It's not a legal document. It's a marketing document.

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    +1 for agreement but really for “half truths and fantasy.”
    – Damila
    Mar 3, 2022 at 2:14

I don't understand where is the problem? For most people software developer and software engineer are exactly the same jobs. I think your company is unusual in their approach and I don't think any recruiters or hiring managers will notice any difference between the two job titles.

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