Awesome Isn’t A Job Title

It may have started in Silicon Valley, but companies around the world are using more creative job titles.  Here are some cutting-edge titles that may inspire you when completing your next performance appraisal.

Innovation Sherpa – Consultants at Microsoft who help people figure out how to come up with new ideas and meet unarticulated needs.  

Swiss Army Knife – A Jill-of-all-trades, typically in a startup.  The person whose only job descriptions is “all other duties as assigned” because they don’t have enough employees to cover every role.

Wizard of Lightbulb Moments – Actual duties include marketing, innovation and being a founder.  Independent contractors may market themselves with this title, usually in the tech sector.

Happiness Hero – Vague enough, it could entail a number of things, but typically is assigned to those working in customer service.

Money Maestro – (Sometimes called Chief Bean Counter) is the title for the accounting manager.  It is definitely a role of orchestration.

Paranoid-in-Chief – The people who work on cybersecurity at Yahoo! are called the Paranoids.  Thus, the head of cybersecurity naturally gets to be Paranoid-in-Chief.

Problem Wrangler – This title can apply to an IT professional, a PR representative or even a mediation coach.  It’s also appropriate for an executive or an administrative assistant.

Dean of Pizza – Pizza Hut trains employees at the Pizza Hut Academy; you can’t be in charge of an academy without being a dean.

All kidding aside, whatever your job title, it should describe the work you do.  According to Glassdoor, there are five rules for effective job titles:

  1. Be specific
  2. Avoid abbreviations and acronyms
  3. Make it easy for candidates outside your company to understand
  4. Avoid superlatives or idiomatic phrases
  5. Leave out extraneous information

The road is easier together,

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