Why Are Job Titles Important to Your Career?

Explore and Use Job Titles to Your Advantage

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What is a job title? A job title is a term that describes in a few words or less the position held by an employee. Depending on the job, a job title can describe the level of the position or the responsibilities of the person holding the position.

Types of Job Titles

A job title can describe the responsibilities of the position, the level of the job, or both. For example, job titles that include the terms executive, manager, director, chief, supervisor, etc.

are typically  used for management jobs.

Other job titles reflect what the person does on the job e.g., chef, accountant, housekeeper, social media specialist, programmer, guest services coordinator, mechanic, etc.

How Employers Use Job Titles

Employers use job titles to categorize positions in their organization. A company's organization chart will show the jobs, listed by job title, the reporting structure, and company management.

Employers use job titles as part of their compensation management system. Certain job titles can be tied to pay grades. Job titles are also used to determine a career path at a company both by employees eligible for promotion and by employers who are evaluating candidates for employment.

When employers post jobs, the job posting will include a job title. 

How Employees and Job Seekers Use Job Titles

When you're job hunting, you can search using your current job title or the title of the jobs you're interested in as keywords.

Using keywords to job search will help refine your search to quickly find jobs that are a match.

Reviewing job titles is also a way to discover what positions are available in career fields that interest you. Look at job titles for occupations of interest to see what types of jobs might be a good fit for your background.

It is also important to use appropriate job titles on your resume. This gives the person reviewing your application a quick overview of your previous employment, so be as specific as possible.

For employees, lists of job titles will enable you to discover what other types of jobs you could be doing. They also show you positions you can aspire to as you move up the career ladder.

Business Job Titles

The world of business includes many job titles and a number of them refer to specialty areas within the business arena.

For instance, an accountant could work for himself and provide services to individuals. In this role, he might simply have the title of a CPA. He might also work for a corporation where he takes on the title of chief financial officer, director of financial operations or bookkeeper.

Many of these business titles can be used in a variety of industries. For instance, the title of manager can mean a variety of things and be in any number of industries. These could include finance, retail, medical services, etc.

Creative Industry Job Titles

Many jobs require a creative spirit and industries like advertising are filled with these positions. Some of these jobs cater to the business market while others, like the media, work with the public in mind.

Quite often, a career in a creative field can open your prospects up for a greater variety of job options. The skills needed are often interlinked and the experience you gain at one position can be useful in another.

Service Industry Job Titles

There are, of course, the jobs that are designed to provide a service to the public. Most work with consumers and help them purchase items and enjoy experiences they value. Others, such as police officers, firefighters and other health and safety services have a completely different goal in mind.

The key skill universal to most service jobs is communication and the ability to work with a variety of people.

Skilled Trade Job Titles

Skilled trades are the backbone for many of the things we enjoy in life. From building the bridge you drive over every day to making your TV set or getting it to your local store, the men and women in these fields are essential to modern life.

Many of these positions require on-the-job training or some degree of technical education in order to learn the specific skill set required on the job.

Technical Job Titles

It's time to get technical and the job titles in these industries can get very technical and complex. The majority of these positions require a four-year degree or more and are among the highest paying careers.

More Job Titles

These job titles have either very specific or very universal purposes and really don't fit into any of the other categories. Within each segment is a variety of individual positions that provide services, entertain, are technical or have some other outstanding quality.

Job Titles for Beginners

Your first few jobs are important for experience and you can use these to build your resume. Over time, you may be able to drop them from your list, but for now, they show your work ethic and that is important to potential employers.

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