Job Title vs Job Salary

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One of my clients suggested that I should use his corporate email. I said OK. Why not? I already signed an NDA. We have worked on more than one project together. This also gives you a feeling that it's going to be a long term. Also, I don't have to worry about security. All correspondence and file transfers will go through company email system now. So, it's almost like a regular 9-5 job feeling thanks to this tiny detail. So, the client asked, what should we use for my official job title. I thought for a second. It's all the same to me. Yet, for the client, this is an important question. I understand. I may get in touch with some of his full-time employees, customers, or partners. It's all about the professional image, isn't it?

So, I said "Content Manager" should be just fine. This is what I do. Regular blog writing and some web content adjustment here and there when needed. Then the client asked to include an additional title in my job title "Content & Social Media Manager." Honestly, I had some second thoughts about it. Why? Well, I write a blog post and then I just upload it on WP. It's not a big deal. Then I use Facebook and Twitter share buttons. That's all. I don't know, but I'm pretty much sure that social media management includes some additional activities than a simple share of content as I do every single week. Yet, I didn't want to spoil the great working atmosphere we have. So, I said that I'm perfectly fine with whichever job title he chooses for my email signature.

This situation reminded of not so good old regular office working days. That is one of the reasons I decided to become fully independent in the first place. This obsession with job titles. I see it every single day on LinkedIn among other places. Email signatures and business cards are the source of endless inspiration. I know some of my former colleagues. When you see their job titles, you think they are rocket scientists. In addition, some of the previous clients I used to work with also had this eye-catching job titles that I thought I'm going to work with multinationals. I had to Google to figure out what some of the three-letter job titles meant in the first place. You know CEO, CTO, ABC, and so many others. The last one is a joke, but I'm not going to be surprised if that one means something too.

Does it really matter how your job title is going to be called and what's going to write in your email signature, LinkedIn profile, business card, and similar? What matters are the things you do. The most important thing is how much you are going to be paid for it. Right? I remember how one of my friends desperately wanted to be a "sales coordinator" instead of a simple "sales representative." He actually had just one guy to coordinate while doing sales and that was he himself. Then I asked myself, is this some kind of a corporate trick. They give you a fancy job title, so you can be happy about it and completely forget about your salary and other perks among other things.

Honestly, do you fall for these things called eye-catching job titles? Or, maybe you give a strong advantage to the job salary rather than the job title itself? Who cares what job title you are going to use as long as you are getting paid according to your expectations and plans? In my regular, let's call it a private email, I don't use any signature. I'm not a consultant. I'm not this or that. All I care is the amount I'm going to get for my next project. That's all. How do you feel about this job title vs job salary thing? Do you know some people, colleagues, friends, and similar, who take these things about job title a little bit too serious for your taste?
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  • Profile picture of the author CabaMate
    I don't have a title these days - I honestly think it is a bit pretentious.

    I know plenty of people that just want a title and I don't know that it really makes any difference.

    Sure a CEO, General Manager, Executive Director is one things, but if you are worried about whether you are a manager or an executive I think you have way too much time on your hands.

    I'm out of that world now but I know it's probably more important to have the best skills than the best title. It's always going to be a pissing contest though and some people just love the idea of the title, whether it means anything or not seems to be irrelevant.
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    • Profile picture of the author pinkknight
      Originally Posted by CabaMate View Post

      I don't have a title these days - I honestly think it is a bit pretentious.

      I know plenty of people that just want a title and I don't know that it really makes any difference.

      Sure a CEO, General Manager, Executive Director is one things, but if you are worried about whether you are a manager or an executive I think you have way too much time on your hands.

      I'm out of that world now but I know it's probably more important to have the best skills than the best title. It's always going to be a pissing contest though and some people just love the idea of the title, whether it means anything or not seems to be irrelevant.
      Guess, that's in our nature. You said it yourself it is pretentious, and I totally agree. I remember countless job interviews I used to attend to. When you read a job description and the title itself especially, you think you are going to work for NASA or something, lol. I really have no intention to hide behind a job title. You are what you are. So, better to focus on the salary, working conditions, perks, and similar, than to allow it to all comes down to a line you're going to use in your email or on a business card. Thx.
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  • Profile picture of the author zdebx
    When people ask you who you are and what you do, you have to say something, right?

    You can't say "I write articles and post them on Reddit". However, if you say that you are a "Content and Social Media Manager" working for a marketing company, then at least it gives people some idea about what you do.

    It applies to any job, any activity.
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    • Profile picture of the author Woomeister
      Originally Posted by zdebx View Post

      When people ask you who you are and what you do, you have to say something, right?

      You can't say "I write articles and post them on Reddit". However, if you say that you are a "Content and Social Media Manager" working for a marketing company, then at least it gives people some idea about what you do.

      It applies to any job, any activity.
      You can say whatever you like if you don't give a damn what other people think. If you do care you will come up with a 'title' that befits your own ego and insecurities.

      About 10-15 years ago the nonsense of title over pay rise came about. Papers have been written by psychologists analysing the 'feel good factor' people experience when they are given a title that include 'executive' or 'manager'. That very same feel good factor enables employers to get away with lower wages...and that is a fact. There is a very good phd paper that reports the evidence and findings.

      I have multiple businesses, physical and electronic, which apparently makes me many things, from 'entrepreneur' to 'business owner', to 'self employed', however these are names that others bestow on me.

      I can't say I ever get asked what I do, if I did I would reply with , "As little as possible".
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      • Profile picture of the author pinkknight
        Originally Posted by Woomeister View Post

        About 10-15 years ago the nonsense of title over pay rise came about. Papers have been written by psychologists analysing the 'feel good factor' people experience when they are given a title that include 'executive' or 'manager'. That very same feel good factor enables employers to get away with lower wages...and that is a fact. There is a very good phd paper that reports the evidence and findings.
        The zone of perfect excuses for both parties employers and employees. Exactly how I have felt for quite some time. Thx.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    If you're making up a job title go with something alpha male like Jackhammer Media Mogul.
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    • Profile picture of the author Woomeister
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      If you're making up a job title go with something alpha male like Jackhammer Media Mogul.
      I will update profiles on all sites accordingly.
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