This post is about something near and dear to me...the importance, well, not really....of job titles. I’ve had a bunch of titles through my career - Recruiter, Senior Recruiter, Account Manager, Senior Engineering Recruiter, Lead Recruiter and even Lead Headhunter...you know, what...none of the matter.
I talk to so many people who get hung up on the role or the “level” and at the end of the day, none of these things matter. Jobs are about experiences, growth and compensation. Titles are just some bizarro HR accounting function so that we know how to keep track of who’s doing what...that’s it. Here area few things I’ve heard from people claiming the importance of title...and my response:
My current title is VP of Engineering, I’m a VP - Ok, in theory makes sense right? BUT a lot of times, a VP at one company is a Director or even a manager at another. Before you go claiming you deserve a title...make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Being the VP of Engineering at a 50 person startup is much different than being a startup at a Fortune 500.
I need the VP title to have credibility with customers - Um, maybe but I doubt it. Customers care about products and making sure they are getting a good product. Pretty sure they don’t care what your title is as long as you can produce what you are selling.
But I have 20 years of experience! - Again, doesn’t matter. We see all the time in the high tech field CEO’s that are in their 20’s or 30’s. Years of experience matter (don’t get me wrong!) but they don’t have anything to do w/ title or level at a company. Companies hire you for what you can do and rarely care how long you’ve been doing it. Produce and earn a big title.
So there you go, just a few quick thoughts on this whole job title thing. Seriously, it doesn’t matter...especially if you are looking for a new role. Find a job that makes you happy, helps you grow professionally and pays the bills.....don't get hung up on the title.
Good luck out there, more soon. Lots of great stuff coming over the next week or two so keep an eye out for me.