The Title You Leave With…

… is just as important as the terms you leave on.  No one wants — or should want — to be in a singular role/position all their professional career, especially if they’ve been with a company for several years. Now understandably, it may feel like you can only go so far, if you don’t have certain training or experience, but if you leave a job with the same title you started with, you’ll find it trickier to get to the places in your career you really want to be at.  Not to mention, it may raise some red flags about your value as an employee.

It’s also important to distinguish your title.  Which sounds better to a prospect employer: Marketing Assistant or Marketing Coordinator?  Office Clerk or Administrative Assistant?  Receptionist or Executive Assistant?

I’m not saying you should fluff up your title for the sake of it sounding better, but if your job duties include much more than your original title, then go for it.  Be brave enough to ask for a better title and justify it. Explain the work you take on and the departments you support and contribute to. You’re not asking for a raise (yet). You’re asking to be polished, to be distinguished, to be better positioned for growth and opportunity. Any Human Resources personnel will tell you that a name — the name of your position — can break or make the interview selection.  No one’s going to hire a cashier for CFO role, simple fact.  The better you look on paper, the better you’re postured for better opportunities.

It’s okay to accept a title, as long as you don’t allow that title be all that you accept. 

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