“Don’t judge a book by its cover”... How many times have you heard that sentence?
When discussing what individuals are looking for, the job title is one of the most common requirements.
Job titles are important because they allow members of your organisation to know the type of work you do and the level of experience you have. They also allow people from other organisations to better understand what your role involves, whether you’re talking to a recruiter, a hiring manager, or someone else.
However, Job titles can be complicated. Getting your head around job titles can be tricky as there are so many different job titles, as well as variations of the same title (just to make things even more confusing!). Take Designers for example; they could have various job titles from; Web Designers, Graphic Designers, Senior Creative, Front-end Designer, and on and on.
It can be useful to have an understanding of what different job titles actually mean, partially so you can make sure that you’re looking for appropriate roles over the course of your own job hunt but also so you can understand the hierarchy and division of responsibility in various companies.
Why Job Titles Aren’t as Important as You Think?
The truth about the importance of job titles is: The power of a job title is greatly overblown.
There is a lot of people who get completely caught up with the job title in their job search. They were a Manager, so now they want to be Senior Manager. Or they want to have the word “consultant” in their title because that’s what they had in their last job.
The reality is – the work you’re doing and the pay you’re receiving matters much more. A job title doesn’t put food on the table or put money in your bank account.
The 2 Things More Important Than Job Title
1. Compensation (primarily base salary)
Base salary is what pays your mortgage, pays off debt, puts food on your table and builds your bank account. Not job title.
And often, base salary is how you can prove to your next employer that you deserve a high salary from them, too. (If you were well-paid in the past, you’ll have more leverage to negotiate with when they ask, “what is your desired salary?”)
While other forms of pay – like bonuses and share options – are also more important than the title, you should focus on negotiating base salary first.
The actual work you’re doing in your role is also far more important than a job title.
It’s what’s going to show on your resume and LinkedIn, what you’ll discuss with future employers in your interview, and how you can really command higher pay throughout your career.
Getting a job with an inflated title like Director is useless if you’re not managing any people and not doing any Director-type work. The next employer will see right through it.
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