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    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 16th May 17, 5:31 PM
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    How important is a title?
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    • 16th May 17, 5:31 PM
    How important is a title? 16th May 17 at 5:31 PM
    I'm job hunting and getting nowhere fast. Today a recruiter suggested changing my job titles as they don't accurately reflect my responsibilities. I see his point. I know CV's are looked at quickly and key words should stand out but I don't want to lie! What if I'm offered a job but then the references refer to a different title? I don't want them to think I lied to get the job. Am I being too cautious?
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    • Masomnia
    • By Masomnia 16th May 17, 5:33 PM
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    No I think you're right. If you get a reference with a job title that doesn't sound as good as what you've put down then it looks like you're lying on your CV.
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    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 16th May 17, 7:34 PM
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    In some roles I've put down different job titles. Related ones. I remember one form which was a nightmare it would only allow so many characters - so I had to be a little creative when putting them in.

    I've never put CEO instead of admin assistant - but I have put information analyst - commissioning - rather than senior information analyst - strategy and service redesign ( which was a team within the commissioning department).

    I've never lied - but have in the past 'bigged up' a particular element of a job role. I used to work in a GU department at my local hospital. I worked in reception and was an administrative assistant ( but not called that as they gave roles odd titles - they didn't call cleaners, cleaners - they called them domestics - which the cleaners thought was a hoot). When applying for reception roles I'd call the role reception with admin duties - for admin roles I'd call it admin with reception roles. Neither was a lie.

    As long as you don't go for naming all the roles CEO or queen of the world I don't feel a small tweak is wrong - as long as it is recognisable and works to describe the roles so that others get an understanding of what the job was I personally don't think it matters.

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    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 16th May 17, 7:58 PM
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    • 16th May 17, 7:58 PM
    I won't be putting down more senior titles just trying to find something that sounds quickly recognisable.
    In my last role I supervised a large team carrying out 1-2-1's, back to work interviews, quality monitoring, setting and reviewing stats, handling escalated calls and complaints, managing rotas etc. My job title was senior advisor ( I took calls on a rota basis too) but the responsibilities are more like team leader ones to my mind. Maybe that explains why I always get offers of call centre advisor roles?
    Currently I coordinate a volunteer project but people often think I am the one volunteering. Too often I think people see the title and no more.
    • Gavin83
    • By Gavin83 16th May 17, 9:46 PM
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    • 16th May 17, 9:46 PM
    I'm in a similar situation. I have a generic job title (means nothing) but do a very specific job which could be described with a widely recognised job title. I've also been unsure what to put on my CV so I'll watch this thread with interest.
    • clairec79
    • By clairec79 16th May 17, 10:09 PM
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    For the volunteer work I'd definately put Project Coordinator (then with volunteer in brackets - or in the description)
    • Nathaniel Essex
    • By Nathaniel Essex 16th May 17, 11:48 PM
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    As long as you don't stray too far from your title or actual responsibilities you should be okay. Back when, I was working for a supermarket but got moved into a CCTV/Security role. However, my job title was still customer assistant as I never officially changed positions, got an increase in pay etc.

    When looking for security roles I just put CCTV Operator/General security. Never was a problem when it came to references but if it did come up, I could very comfortably explain the situation.
    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 17th May 17, 7:18 AM
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    For the volunteer work I'd definately put Project Coordinator (then with volunteer in brackets - or in the description)
    Originally posted by clairec79
    Thanks, this is reassuring as I thought project coordinator was a good option too. At present most people think its an unpaid role so it appears I haven't been working for 3 years!
    • General Grant
    • By General Grant 17th May 17, 11:33 AM
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    For the volunteer work I'd definately put Project Coordinator (then with volunteer in brackets - or in the description)
    Originally posted by clairec79
    Have I missed the point here?

    I understood the person is NOT a volunteer but a paid member of staff who does work in relation to coordinating the work of volunteers.

    Better to drop the use of "volunteer" in the title - unless applying for a similar job, of course.

    When adding a brief note of the duties involved, that is where to mention that it is co-ordinating (or managing) the work of volunteers.
    • clairec79
    • By clairec79 17th May 17, 11:41 AM
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    I took it as being a volunteer role (just with a different role) if it's not (which is what it seems) I wouldn't put it in the title at all
    • stuart30
    • By stuart30 17th May 17, 1:06 PM
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    As long as you don't stray too far from your title or actual responsibilities you should be okay. Back when, I was working for a supermarket but got moved into a CCTV/Security role. However, my job title was still customer assistant as I never officially changed positions, got an increase in pay etc.

    When looking for security roles I just put CCTV Operator/General security. Never was a problem when it came to references but if it did come up, I could very comfortably explain the situation.
    Originally posted by Nathaniel Essex
    Just curious...In house or SIA.?
    • takman
    • By takman 17th May 17, 1:34 PM
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    I took it as being a volunteer role (just with a different role) if it's not (which is what it seems) I wouldn't put it in the title at all
    Originally posted by clairec79

    It's clear from the posts above that the OP IS being paid for the role and IS NOT volunteering....


    Currently I coordinate a volunteer project but people often think I am the one volunteering. Too often I think people see the title and no more.
    Originally posted by Fireflyaway
    Thanks, this is reassuring as I thought project coordinator was a good option too. At present most people think its an unpaid role so it appears I haven't been working for 3 years!
    Originally posted by Fireflyaway
    • General Grant
    • By General Grant 17th May 17, 2:43 PM
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    I took it as being a volunteer role (just with a different role) if it's not (which is what it seems) I wouldn't put it in the title at all
    Originally posted by clairec79
    I think your initial response does successfully demonstrate the problem that the OP may have experienced.
    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 17th May 17, 4:00 PM
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    Thanks everyone. I now intend to remove all mention of volunteers / volunteering from my current title as its clear people are confused and think I'm a volunteer not a salaried worker. I'm wondering now if this has been holding me back more than I realised.
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