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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 the details of your job e.g. Super Hip Company - Backend Engineer (Internal Title Code: Hadouken) Tuned and optimized SQL Queries to scale product up from a ...


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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 special about this statement and there's nothing you need to be seen to be "reacting" to. Say hello or something, shake someone's hand maybe, and don't overthink ...


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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 if you're not taken care of. This hasn't happened, and if you let it go there is no incentive to give you more money, you have no new leverage. Your situation ...


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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 his honesty. You should be fighting to keep this guy for this kind of honesty. The fact that he feels safe enough to share these exact thoughts with you is a ...


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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 conveys, but setting up initial infrastructure, environments, security and the automation to maintain them primarily falls into that category.


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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 in the future, employers may not even see that title and even if they did, most wouldn’t give it weight relative to your actual skills and accomplishments. ...


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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 earned it. They're willing to compromise with the company given the situation (no salary increase) in order to get it. If they can't get it from your company then ...


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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 a foolish HR Rep might say something like "no, that's not the current title" and tell the potential employer the made-up nonsense title. But I seriously doubt ...


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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 with in your private life, this will not make things easier. Firmly ask for more money and a title change, while searching for a better job simultaneously. ...


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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 as our old title and someone calls mentioning that. Their solution to turnover is to try and render you unemployable elsewhere Keep the old title on your ...


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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 example, set up the computer hardware, troubleshoot the networks, take care of software updates, then I typically see terms like "IT Operations Manager." ...


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Since your new employers will ask your old employer what you did, the right way of saying this is: Web Developer (System Administration responsibilities) That way they know your title, and what you actually did.


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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 setting up infrastructure. In a small startup, you usually don't have the luxury of over-specialization. In one startup where I worked, I was hired to build the ...


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Find Power To be in a position of power you must have options. "They" (your employer) have options, namely firing you, doubling your pay, demoting you, "constructive dismissal" (making you want to leave so they don't have to fire you), requiring your resignation, promoting you, or leaving you alone...and surely many more. What options do you have? I have ...


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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 a golden opportunity. (Unless you want to be a helpdesk technician your whole career... and even if you do, refusing to do "other duties as assigned" will ...


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It is possible that a particular company may use those titles to mean different things and to describe different positions within that company. But I do not believe that there is a clear distinction between them which is common across different companies. Personally I have had all three of "developer", "programmer" and "engineer" as titles in different ...


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Actually, the titles are used interchangeably at some places, and at some places they are given a different set of responsibilities to each. An excellent answer from Quora: "Head of " is orthogonal to VP/Director type titles, because the "Head of " means that one is the highest-ranking specialist at a given time, whereas Director and VP refer to ...


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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 resume said this, but they're telling me it was a Java Developer." And even if they did, you could just say, "That's a more accurate description of what I did and ...


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Possibly a Sabbatical, so your job title is <Whatever you are now> although this usually means a break from a single position, which is then returned to. Combining this with "Taking a sabbatical to travel", however, is something you can definitely talk about and justify. Alternately perhaps consider your "Time consuming personal projects" as starting ...


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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 pay commensurate with the work that he's been doing for the past two years (that's horrible, BTW). Giving him the promotion buys you time: If things pickup and ...


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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. You then go on to prove you're an expert by simply being awesome. As Anthony has pointed out in the comments - the appropriate response is situation-based. I'd ...


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It looks very bad. You had a senior management title (Director) and were demoted to grunt. It shows your company did not respect you and was willing to shove you aside while doing it. If you accept the position it will appear to many that you do not respect yourself or your abilities either. As someone reviewing resumes its a red flag. Why would ...


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during this period, what would be a meaningful "job title"? Since your plan is to wait one whole year before actively seeking new employment, then during that year you won't have a job. So "meaningful job title" has no real meaning in this context. You won't have a job, hence no job title. Most CVs/resumes I have read would just leave a gap in the ...


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We get a lot of questions about inaccurate job titles, and the answer is pretty much always the same. You put the job title used by your employer on your résumé, so nobody can accuse you of padding or falsifying past employment And you make damn sure the description of the role underneath the title describes your actual work Frankly, most potential ...


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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. Sometimes this isn't feasible when we have a standard title for everybody in a certain position (which sounds like your situation). You are free to reword ...


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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 rank your duties. Then do what they say for 40 hours a week, being sure to keep them in the loop if and when low-priority tasks get dropped on the floor. That ...


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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 could be Mark Zuckerburg, or anywhere in between). If you have a specific focus in your career then "Founder and CEO", "Founder and CFO", "Founder and CTO" ...


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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 of problems, such as: Do you reduce pay? Most people won't want a pay cut but most "seniors" are paid more than "juniors" Hurting that individual's ...


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I use my official title (for reference checking) and then put the title I should have had in parenthesis () after it.


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If I put a job title and length of service, will prospective employers assume I have done that role for the whole period? Yes, they will. A role against a period would indicate that you have done that role throughout the period. And if so should I make it clear that I wasn’t always a Senior Banana in Company A? Yes, you should. The thing to do is split ...


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