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I have recently been hired at a retain search firm that is a startup, and the proposed title at the initial interview was "office manager." This feels like a huge step backward for me, and it also doesn't seem to encompass the scope of the job: human resources, accounting & financials, marketing, process development, and more. Do you have any suggestions for what else I could propose? My new boss is open to a different title, I just need to come up with some good ideas. Thank you!

  • Why should you have only one job title? In a startup, it's common for people to "wear a lot of hats", so it seems reasonable that each had should have its own title. – Dan Pichelman May 3 '17 at 16:19
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    The job title itself is not nearly as important as the actual responsibilities. See this question and this question for examples. – David K May 3 '17 at 16:23
  • I was "Investor Relations & Human Resources Manager" at a PE shop. – MKMKMK May 3 '17 at 19:42
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My new boss is open to a different title

Make full use of this. When you go looking for your next job - which maybe some time away - your title will matter. At the same time, don't get pushy with your new company.

the proposed title at the initial interview was "office manager."

The problem here I think is with the word "office". Try to change this to something else. You could try Manager, Growth or something else. I think going into jobs, a title that talks Business Development is more likely to be appreciated than others.

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