Which Job Title Should I Choose?

Always difficult, what kind of job titles do you put on your resume or business card? If you choose to 'pimp' your job title, that can work to your disadvantage. Don't get too carried away with coming up with an impressive job title. Some tips for choosing the right job title.

1. Keep it simple

A job title shouldn't communicate what a great person with many hobbies and interests you are, but essentially tell you what makes your money. In short; Use your work to stand out, not your job title. Simply tell what you do.

Avoid vague job titles that say nothing substantive about the work you do, such as 'creative', 'entrepreneur', or 'freelancer'. Also, do not give yourself higher (managerial) titles if, for example, you run a sole proprietorship or do freelance work, or if you in fact have no other position than your colleague. Director, Manager, Senior do not apply in these cases.

2. Keep it short

Do not choose too many words in your job title, choose a number (certainly no more than 2 or 3) words that cover the load, even if it does not describe everything you do.

3. Keep it serious

Don't use humorous job titles. This undermines your work and you will often not be taken seriously.

Additional tip: If you work as a freelancer or run your own business, you can also choose to list a service you provide instead of your job title. For example 'web design'. Also a handy tip for non-self-employed people who have a certain service or expertise. You see yourself more like a company or brand this way and this can be very effective. After all, you think in this way from the perspective of the customer.

4. Be visible and findable

Think about the visibility and findability of your job title. Find out which job titles are used within your industry. Using a job title in your CV that is tailored to the search behavior of employers is of course better found via search engines and databases.

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