Listing Job Titles on Resumes
Job titles are an important component of job searching and career activities. Job titles show your progression up the career ladder on your resume and during job interviews. In addition, job titles can be used as a tool to search for jobs in your industry and at your level.
Job Titles on Resumes
When you're applying for a mid-career or an upper-level job, employers review your resume to determine your career path and how that track fits with their needs.
For example, when an applicant has progressed from a software engineer to a senior developer to a chief technology officer, most likely with other jobs between those, the hiring manager sees that the candidate has been promoted, changed jobs, or otherwise advanced during her career.
Your current job title not only reflects the jobs you've held, it also provides companies with information on your career level. For example, if your job title includes the words "supervisor" or "manager," it will indicate that you have management experience.
Here's an example:
Carbarra Communications Inc.
- Manage media planning and event coordination for local and regional clients
- Coordinate with Media Affairs director on national campaigns
- Manage production of press releases, blog posts, media advisories, and newspaper articles to drive usage and adherence to brand
- Coordinate with creative services to produce appropriately branded materials needed for press conferences and meetings
Can You Change Your Job Title on Your Resume?
Is it acceptable to change your job title on your resume? Can you expand the time you worked at a job? A resume is a synopsis of your employment and educational experience rather than a formal document, like a job application, where you attest that everything you have listed is accurate.
However, the issue with making changes that don't match your employment history is that when employers check your background or review your LinkedIn profile (and many do), it will be a red flag if it doesn't match.
For example, if you say you were a process engineer, but your actual job title was junior process engineer, what you said isn't going to match what your employer says, and that's an issue. Details matter, and what you say about your work history needs to match what your previous employers say.
List of Job Titles
Need Some Ideas?
When you're not sure what job titles to search for, use job search engine Indeed.com. Search by keyword (a word from a job title or a related term), then view the "People also searched" list of job titles related to your search term (you'll find them at the bottom of the page).
For example, when I searched using the term "editorial manager" I got a list of editorial positions. I then clicked on Title and more to see a list of the following related jobs:
- Marketing manager
- Social media manager
- Communications Manager
- Content Manager
- Project Manager
- Public Relations Manager
- Marketing Communications Manager
- Web Content Manager
- Social Media Coordinator
More information on job titles and lists of job titles for a variety of occupations.
Sample job titles and job title lists categorized by industry, type of job, occupation, career field, and position level.