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Position name that often can be seen as having various levels of perceived value.

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How to react professionally when introduced as an expert?

I'm working for a big company as part of a specialized team that helps other teams in the company accomplish certain goals. Those other teams can be seen as "customers" (they have no obligation to use ...
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Company changed everyone's titles to weird obscure names

I'm a QCV Editor. That doesn't stand for anything, it's just my initials. It's my new title at my company, sent out this week in an email about addressing the high turnover problem. Every software ...
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Title change when presented with an offer

I recently interviewed with a company who offered me a role with a title of "Java Developer", when all previous correspondence titled the role as "Full Stack Developer". The careers page titled the ...
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How to label inaccurate job titles on resume

I'm currently employed as a "web developer" for a company. That's what it says on my business card and that was the title on the job ad. The thing is I haven't done ANYTHING that can be considered "...
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Stop doing tasks outside of my Job Title [duplicate]

I've joined a company as First Line Support Engineer (IT), 3 years ago. As the title suggests I am there as the first line of support, fixing minor issues etc. Fast forward 3 years later, I am ...
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Is there a significant difference in the titles “Vice President” and “Director”?

I work for a privately held company with a single Owner/President. Up until two years ago there was a single VP (Vice President). Then that role was split into three VP positions. One of those VPs ...
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Importance (and flexibility) in Job Title Presented in Job-offer

Situation In a job offer a job title is specified. This may be something which likely appears everywhere - whether company email address books or your email signature or on your resume. From my ...
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Implications of showing promotions on CV?

I’m relatively early on in my career, and as such have worked for two companies. A very approximate example of what roles I’ve had is: 2010-2013 Apple Company B 2009-2010 Senior Banana Company A ...
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Being asked to “politely” take a Demotion

I've been working as Director of Software and Chief Software Architect for 2 years with a team of talented developers building a rather complicated piece of code from scratch. We now have 13,000 ...
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Taking a year off — what to write on LinkedIn in the meantime? [duplicate]

I find myself currently unemployed and intend to seize this opportunity to wait one whole year before actively seeking new employment. I do intend to take on a new job after this year, and in the ...
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Ask for higher title when negotiating with current employer?

Does it make sense to ask for a better job title (e.g. senior developer instead of developer) when negotiating with my current employer? This does not include any increase in the salary. Will ...
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People hired as senior but actually junior, how to help them?

Short version: We hired two developers thinking they were senior but are actually junior, how can we help them to improve without hurting their feelings? Long version: My company is having problem ...
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Should I describe myself by my current position or my desired position?

I currently am a programmer in job title and largely what I do. However, I am applying for UX/UI/ect Design (and front end development) positions. My current skills are important for the positions I'm ...
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Associate Software Engineer — what does “associate” mean? [closed]

I received an offer for a "Senior Associate Software Engineer" role. What does 'associate' mean here? Some web pages (such as this question on programmers.se.com) suggest that it means 'junior' or '...
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What is the difference between a software developer, software programmer and software engineer? [closed]

I've been working in the IT sector as an "associate software developer" for the past two years. While applying for new jobs, I've seen job titles like "software developer", "software programmer" and "...
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How do I choose an appropriate job title?

Scenario: My company has suggested that I officially take on a new role that mostly I have already been doing, but previously under a generic "other duties" header with a more junior title and pay ...
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Job title when sole member of own company

I recently started a company, and as the only member, I am not sure what title to give myself. While it feels silly to spend time on something so trivial, I have a few concerns: Ideally, I want to ...
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Job Title / Job Description Mismatch

I took my current job as a senior-level position, but I am also a manager with several subordinates. Much like government (and military) positions, my pay grade (senior) is different from my job ...
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Asking to change my title from intern

I am currently a paid interned doing software development and prototyping. This is my third year doing this. My first year I had a mentor, however he is no longer with the company. Since then I have ...
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Best way to display added responsibilities in same company on resume

I've been working for a small company for 1.5 years as a Software Developer. Recently the Technical Writer was let go and I was asked to take on his responsibilities on top of my current duties. Being ...
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How should I deal with my Lead Dev

I'm currently working in a company as a frontend developer. I should also mention that I'm not a regular employee as I'm half of the time at school in a process called alternance (I do not know if ...
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How to get better at office politics? [closed]

I'm a an employee in the UK with almost 3 years experience in the software sector. I think I'm pretty naive at office politics and at building certain type of office relationship. I believe there ...
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What would be an appropriate job title, based on the work I do?

I'm having a bit of a problem with describing my job position. I need to name my position due to several reasons, but i find it very hard to define it. It's a small company, so i fit into multiple ...
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Job title changed to Lead xxx. Should I create a new job position on LinkedIn

I have for a long time already had influence outside my work team. My title was now changed from xxx to Lead xxx to better reflect the scope of my work and give a little more authority in the customer ...
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Is it reasonable to negotiate adding “senior” to a job title?

I have an offer for a Ph.D.-level research job from a top company. The compensation package is attractive, but I'm thinking about whether I should negotiate the job title. From my research, roles ...
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Meaning of “Senior” in software job titles

Are there any commonly accepted criteria of what a candidate needs to be considered for a software developement role carrying the "Senior" tag? Is it just a matter of experience or are there ...
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Asking about a salary increase to go along with a title change

I've been told that I will be receiving a title change in a few months which entails a lot more responsibility. The promotion is technically a management level position, while I'm currently not a ...
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I feel a little pretentious about adding the job title of CTO of my cofounded startup. Should I add it?

I joined a couple of batchmates as a cofounder for a startup. We ran out of funds within a year and I would now start looking for a job. I have a total industry experience of a year and a half (not ...
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Do recruiters care about seniority titles?

A recruiter contacted me for a senior position, but with a maximum salary that is mid-level at best. As far as I can tell, there is no added responsibility coming with the senior title. Now, I want ...
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Am I a programmer or a developer? [closed]

Are the term programmer and developer interchangeable? Is it that programmer is more an old usage, and developer is more trending, or there is more to it? I can understand a coder is someone that ...
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LinkedIn title change ettiquette [closed]

When you accept a new job, when do you change your "current" position on LinkedIn and other social networks? Do you wait until you've officially started? As soon as you put in notice? Just curious ...
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Colleagues with less experience being promoted ahead

My (previous) colleague feels as though she has been passed up for multiple promotions. Her junior colleagues are being promoted, but she is not. What advice or guidance can I offer her? First thing ...
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How to handle job title ladder changes on resume

The company I work for has changed titles and added an additional step in the ladder and I'm not sure how to appropriately reflect it on my resume. Previous Associate Engineer Intermediate Engineer ...
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Is it appropriate to ask to change my title?

I'm in this project where I came in initially to provide consultative advice about a certain technology domain that I was knowledgeable in in my organisation. So as the project progressed, I ended up ...
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How should I list a Job title that infers professional credentials I do not have

In Ontario, and all other Canadian provinces, the title "Engineer" is protected by law and any non-licensed individual or company using the title is committing a legal offense, and can get fined. ...
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Is it ethical to put a job title representing the work I actually performed instead of my given title on a resume? [duplicate]

I recently received a phone call from the HR department of a company I applied to, who were interested in interviewing me. I was caught off guard however, when the job they wanted to interview me for ...
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Asking for a lower title in new job offer negotiation

Context Recently I was interviewed for a senior software developer's position which went well. Now I have been offered a Software Architect position and I don't feel quite ready yet. I can imagine ...
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Job offer: the new job title sounds unimportant [duplicate]

I'm a software engineer with 10 years of experience and a great resume. During the last few years my job title has been some variations of Senior Software Engineer. I've been looking for a new job ...
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Can a job title be changed without the employee being informed about it? [closed]

In a casual conversation, my colleague told me that she was upset that her job title was changed without her knowing about it. Apparently in a meeting in which she wasn't in, her boss had informed her ...
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Addressing people in an email without using a title

My question is that sometimes if I am unsure of a person's specific title, is it rude to use Mr. or Ms. if they do indeed have a doctorate? I often try to just address them as Dear John Doe, until I ...
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Differences between “Developer I”, “Developer III” and similar numbered role names [closed]

Sometimes when browsing IT job ads I come across an ad looking for an "...administrator 1" or for a "...developer III". Is there any kind of standard on the relative positioning between this kind of ...
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How should a job with no official title be listed on a resume?

I only ask this because I have run into a situation in where a job definition and title doesn't exist for my possition, and my company refuses to "pidgeon hole" me into a title because they want me to ...
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How can I be more of a <Current job title>? [closed]

The last 3 jobs I've worked I've never done what was in the job description. All of them have been labeled "Software Engineer", but (somehow) I've always ended up doing different things. I've been a ...
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How to describe a job on linkedin without overinflating and underselling it?

I come across so many LinkedIn job titles and job descriptions that make me roll my eyes or which I think aren't even true that I'm wondering what I should put there myself. My position (the ...
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Job-Title: What to put when your boss and you disagree [duplicate]

I spent a few years doing systems administration tasks for a small company who's best idea of what to call me was an "IT Specialist". I had no official job title or contract, nor was I hired in ...
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How to negotiate when the salary range is way below your current base? [closed]

My question is at the end, but first I will explain the situation so that you can effectively analyze my question. Here is my situation, I have known an Executive VP who has wanted me to work for his ...
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Which Job title to use in CV?

I have a question to all of you experienced professionals. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Information Systems/Data Science in Germany. Next year I plan on moving to the USA and applying for ...
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Hiding promotions on CV because no real change in responsibilities

My question is similar to another question here. The similarity is in that I had multiple titles within the company, and that I am unsure whether to show the promotions or hide them on my CV, and how ...
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Employer Added Additional Job Responsibilities after I Accepted [closed]

I recently accepted an offer for a senior leader position from a Fortune 500 company. After much deliberation I decided to accept the offer. A few days later I gave my employer at that time 2 weeks ...
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Should titles be included in LinkedIn names? [closed]

Is it advisable to include a title (like PhD or Dr.) in a LinkedIn profile name? Or do recruiters perceive this as pretentious?