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November 17, 2011

What Were They Thinking? 5 Funky Job Titles

Filed under: General HR Buzz9:30 am

Just call me Purveyor of Awesomeness.  Seriously, please call me that.

As much as I love that title, I am pretty sure I can’t convince my boss to officially change my job title around here.  It doesn’t say much about what I do here (except that I provide a general aura of awesome all day, every day), but that doesn’t stop some companies from coming up with titles that sound almost as offbeat.

Paul Lewis of Moo.com, a business card printer, said that many businesses are looking for more imaginative titles for their jobs as a way to stand out in social media.  Moo.com recently released a list of some of the most creative job titles – he calls them “weird and wonderful.”

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Happiness Advocate
  • Master Handshaker
  • Word Herder
  • Problem Wrangler
  • Communications Ambassador

Reading these titles, I can’t help but think about the people who hold those jobs.  What do they say in a job interview when asked about these jobs?  Sure, I can figure out what some of these people do, such as the Master Handshaker (read: Greeter).  What kind of fires is the Problem Wrangler putting out?  It could be almost anything.

Lance Haun over at TLNT has some sage advice:

“Fun titles can be great for internal teams. It can help put a fun spin on being at work, especially at some of the less pleasant, white collar jobs that are out there.

But when it comes to dealing with people outside of the company, it is time to make a decision: do you communicate what you do clearly, or, do you avoid that and try to educate every single person you meet about that fun job title — only to have them forget what you actually do five minutes after they meet you? Or worse, you are mocked for not having a real title and people question your business skills and savvy?”

I suppose it is best to stick with my official title, although I might just tell my husband he has to call me by my preferred title from now on.  I think he’ll agree.

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