Printed Information Gatekeeper or what we latterly knew as Editor.
Does your job title fit the work you do?
Or does your job title sound as if HR picked it from the Bullshit Job Generator. Human Data Orchestrator, perhaps? Lol!
And what title might you suggest for my colleague who is a network engineer (computers) and makes a healthy living connecting shopkeepers and restaurants with London markets, the old fashioned way? Well, to me he is a supply chain something or other. I can see it all fits together.
It obviously all fits together but we just don’t have the right vocabulary for jobs like his which are interesting and integrated but I suppose not “functional”, using that word in the theoretical sense.
I’ve been looking around for good job titles. Here are common ones.
- Chief something office – often Chief Inspiration or Happiness Officer
- Metaverse Evangelist
- Knowledge Concierge
- Knowlege Valet (being a concierge in training)
- Brand Champion
Inpired by the resurgence of Concierge, I looked around for lists of jobs from days gone by.
- Scottish jobs
- Old English job titles (so Fletcher means arrow-maker)
- Old American job titles
- Job Titles in England and Wales (where I learn that Caterer comes from Acater or Achateur or Buyer . . . oh!)
They are an interesting read if only to find out the origins of British names. It is quite extraordianary, thought how specific these jobs were. Jobs today are much broader.
What job title fits what I do?
I’m a work psychologist, sometimes known as an industrial psychologist, or occupational psychologist or organizational psychologist. Which of these old titles fits my work?
I liked “chapper” on the Scottish list. This poor fellow’s job was to wake up the baker before sunrise!
I hate alarm clocks but putting that quirk aside, hmm, this is what I do for a living!
I alert people to opportunity and get them moving even when they feel like staying put!
I could also be a piecer – the child that fixed broken threads on a loom. I do a lot of that but not so much for the sake of weaving but as way of alerting people to opportunity. Fix this thread, then . . .
How would you describe the work you do?
Does your job title do it for you? Or do you need a new way of describing your work?