Good Job Bad Job Title

I have negotiated myself into a terrific job with an amazing company. My only problem is my lousy job title; it makes me sound far more junior than the position I am actually working. I have been told the title is non-negotiable because it’s locked into pay-scale at the multi-national corporate level. How can I mitigate the effects of how this looks on my resume?

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3 comments on “Good Job Bad Job Title
  1. Penelope Trunk says:

    Most people know that titles at very large companies are not as inflated as titles at smaller companies. So the discrepancy might not matter for you in the long run.

    That said, you do not need to put official titles on resumes. You can put titles on resumes that describe jobs that you did.

    This is really handy, when, for example, you were officially a designer but you want a job as a project manager so you put only bullets about project management in that section of your resume (the project management jobs you did as a designer) and then put project manager as the title of the job you did at that company. As long as you can talk about project management you will do fine in the interview.

    Penelope

  2. Alison Green / Ask a Manager says:

    Ack, no! The title on your resume needs to match what the company will say when a reference-checker calls them and asks what your title was. Otherwise many employers will disqualify you then and there for lying.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I was under the impression that you have to put the title of your position on your resume for reference checking, as Alison says. Penelope, can you clarify what you meant in the third paragraph of your reply? Thanks.