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Company changed everyone's titles to weird obscure names

Put both on your resume so that the reader will have a good idea on what you’re doing AND that your company has an alternative title system. The reader can just then read the description to determine ...
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Senior engineer requesting promotion without payraise after promotion deferred due to COVID

TLDR version: You absolutely should give him this empty promotion with the promise that there will be a stated goal (and activity) towards making it not empty in the future. You should thank Gus for ...
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How to react professionally when introduced as an expert?

You've been introduced and with a short explanatory note, which isn't false. It's just the same as they'd said "here's ereOn, he's our X developer". Since you are an expert on X, there's nothing ...
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Stop doing tasks outside of my Job Title

You have already talked to the manager about a salary increase and it hasn't happened. You should be job searching. Any time you bring up more money there is the implication that you will take steps ...
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Is there a job title for someone that sets up a company's development infrastructure?

It's called "DevOps". It's a mixture of development and systems admin blended in with security and site reliability. There is an enormous amount of stuff that the title of DevOps Engineer ...
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What should I do if I get a job offer, but don't really understand what it is I would be doing?

An interview is a two-way road, where the organization evaluates the candidate and the candidate evaluates the organization and the opportunity. Having a bit of humor is good in a conversation, but ...
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Senior engineer requesting promotion without payraise after promotion deferred due to COVID

Speaking as someone who's been in a somewhat analogous situation to Gus here, denying them the promotion will make them much more likely to leave than just giving it to them. They want it. They've ...
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Title change when presented with an offer

I’m going a bit against the grain of other answers to suggest, it doesn’t mean turn and run, indeed it may not mean anything, but that it is a reason to pause for a moment of caution. It’s true that ...
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Company changed everyone's titles to weird obscure names

The company also says that they won't be able to verify employment in references if we list ourselves as our old title and someone calls mentioning that. That seems extremely unlikely. Perhaps ...
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Stop doing tasks outside of my Job Title

Don't do 3. Refusing to do work you are capable of and that is not considered an undue burden will get you fired for cause real quick in most places of the world. As you say, you have issues to deal ...
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Company changed everyone's titles to weird obscure names

I started out thinking that this was the relevant Dilbert cartoon, but it is more insidious. The company also says that they won't be able to verify employment in references if we list ourselves ...
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Is there a job title for someone that sets up a company's development infrastructure?

I'm a little reluctant to use "buzz-words" such as DevOps ... which are "right-now in vogue" and therefore sometimes hard to anticipate. If you're looking for someone to, for ...
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Is there a job title for someone that sets up a company's development infrastructure?

who is usually responsible for setting all this up In a small startup, whoever can, does. There is no special title required. This goes for any tasks that need doing - from cleaning the kitchen to ...
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Stop doing tasks outside of my Job Title

To take a slightly different view of this than the other answers, the last thing you should consider doing is going back to 100% front-line breakfix, because these other duties you complain about are ...
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Got verbal permission to use "Senior" title in flat organization

Am I thinking way too hard about this? Is it OK to use this title? Yes, because you got permission to use it. Be aware that the meaning of titles and the concrete responsibilities that come with it ...
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What should I do if I get a job offer, but don't really understand what it is I would be doing?

First of all, it helps to research what a "managed IT company" does. That type of company is in the business of taking over specific parts of client IT and running it for them. Where I live, ...
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Title change when presented with an offer

It's not a big deal at all. You make your resume, not your employer. There's nothing stopping you from putting "Full Stack Developer" on your resume. Nobody's ever going to go "wait a minute...his ...
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Senior engineer requesting promotion without payraise after promotion deferred due to COVID

It seems that no matter what, it either leads to him being more likely to leave, or being more of a "flight risk". I disagree. He has been clear and honest with you that what he wants is ...
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How to react professionally when introduced as an expert?

Nothing wrong with just smiling politely (maybe a simple "hi" or "hello") - it's what I do - modesty is too easily interpreted as false modesty, and the other option is easily seen as an ego trip. ...
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Senior engineer requesting promotion without payraise after promotion deferred due to COVID

Giving him a promotion is a win-win. It's the title for him, and it's no cost increase to the company. It also shows him that you have faith in him. Denying it to him, well.... Engineers are known to ...
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Title change when presented with an offer

As a hiring manager, I've gotta say titles are a bit of an afterthought. Personally, I talk to candidates sometimes about their desired title so their official title matches what they were expecting. ...
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People hired as senior but actually junior, how to help them?

If resetting expectations isn't an option and the skill gap is too significant, the normal option is to let the employee go. In most places, going from "senior" to "junior" will result in a whole host ...
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Job title when sole member of own company

A common choice in this situation is "Founder". It conveys that you're working for your own startup, without giving an impression about the size of your company (you could be the sole employee, or you ...
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Stop doing tasks outside of my Job Title

Option 4: Write up a little spreadsheet showing all your responsibilities and the time it takes you to do them (which is presumably over 40 hours a week), then take it to your manager and ask them to ...
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Job title changed to Lead xxx. Should I create a new job position on LinkedIn

I would definitely do it. It looks like an advancement, which is always positive. In any case, it shows that you are progressing in your company. Rewrite the old job description by removing ...
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Company changed everyone's titles to weird obscure names

This must be a joke, if it is, it's pretty funny. Just wait a couple of days If it's really a joke, everyone will know in a couple of workdays. If after a couple of workdays, you still think your ...
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Coworker using the wrong title on resume

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 ...
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What would be an appropriate job title, based on the work I do?

This sounds a bit like you work as some sort of DevOp DevOps (a clipped compound of development and operations) is a culture, movement or practice that emphasizes the collaboration and ...
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Associate Software Engineer -- what does "associate" mean?

An associate is lower ranked. Typically used instead of trainee in my experience. An 'Associate Software Engineer' looks better than 'Trainee Software Engineer'. It basically means that you're lower ...
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Title change when presented with an offer

No, it's not a bad sign. Titles are meaningless. All you'd need to do on your resume is add something in parenthesis like this. XYZ corporation - Jave Delevoper (Full Stack dev) Or something like ...
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