I am sitting here in my office, the door is closed and my kids are running around just outside and doing all they can to make me stop writing. They want to play and they won`t stop running and making this incredible noise before I stop writing, open my door and join them. Therefore, today`s post will not be a long one, but it will be one that will be about an interesting question and an interesting solution to the question.
Does your job title matter?
By job title I am thinking about the title you have at your job, you can be a consultant, a secretary or whatever. There are probably hundreds of different job titles and I am not familiar with all of them, you can have either one. The reason you have a title is probably because the title is related to how much money you are earning and what kind of work you do.
Sometimes the title of your job is there to show people how cool job you really got. Sometimes it`s there to show people that your job really sucks. Sometimes we want everybody to know about the title, sometimes we want to hide it somewhere nobody can ever find it.
So, I guess it does matter. If it didn`t why are we so “obsessed” by it? If people ask you who you are, most likely you will tell them about your job and if you like your job, you will probably tell them your job title. If you don`t like it, you will probably make some excuse and tell them about what you do instead of your actual title.
Your job title matters, but not to your parents
It might matter when you are representing your job, and it might matter when you are talking to people you don`t really know. But to the people that matters the most, your job title won`t matter. Well, my folks never understand what I do anyway, so my job title might matter to them… if they just could remember it, they could tell their friends my job title and that would be it.
What if you have a boring job title?
I would change it if I didn`t like it. In many jobs, like government jobs, it`s close to impossible to change your job title. But why should it be so formal, just change it when you talk to people, change it in your signature file in your email. Change it where people see the changes, it doesn`t need to be on your paycheck. Your boss won`t care (well, it all depends on if your boss got humor).
Find a funny title and stick to it. Here are some you can use (I found them somewhere):
- Computer Ninja (or just add Ninja to your current title
- Director of Mind and Mood
- Court Jester
- Chief Dreamer
- Microsoft Puppy (or just add Puppy after the name of your company)
You should make it funny, so people understand that you are just kidding. This way they will forget your “old title”, they will notice you and think of you as a funny and interesting person. Well, at least I would think of you this way.
This post was actually a lot longer than I thought it would be. I guess my kids didn`t stop me this time, but now it`s time to play.