How can you choose the most appropriate job title when wearing many 'hats' in your company?
As a very new small business, anyone I bring on to my team is going to be responsible for more than one area of expertise. How can I name or define their positions when they are going to be doing much more than one thing?
Hi Zoe, the Business.com team recently published an article that can help answer your question: What's in a Name? How to Choose the Most Appropriate Job Title
When deciding on a position title for an employee, ask yourself the following questions:
-Does the title make it easy to interpret the person's role at the company?
-Does the title reflect the person's area of expertise, level of experience and seniority?
-What impact will the title have on a person's career trajectory?
-Will the title be taken seriously by others?
-Will the title attract top talent or turn them off?
Titles should carry weight and make the employee feel valued. I think it works well to have an open dialog with the employee and answer the questions above together. Having a say in their position title gives the employee self-assurance of their role in the company!
I hope you find an ACTUAL answer to your question and not more of people's opinions on how to actually run your company which is not what you asked. I also seek the answer to this querstion as my job responsibilities jump across multiple departments in Oil & Gas from Marketing / Sales / Safety / HR. I have been asked to generate a new title for myself since "Marketing Assistant" no longer covers what I actually do and I am completely stuck.
Hi I'm a Board of Director, CPA, I handle the finance, HR, operations of our start up IT company. Many times participate in Sales & Marketing Activity. My problem is my title Finance and Admin Officer does not fit when i need to communicate w/ clients. Their usual question is why a Finance Officer is talking to them? What is the most appropriate job title for me?
I suggest getting your employees involved in letting them choose a position title that fits the job well and that they are happy with. I would also spend time researching competitive job titles. Position titles have become much more important now, and a factor that future employees use to gauge the level of experience. You want to set your employees up for success. Hope this helps. Let me know if you have further questions.
Your primary hat is deal-maker: bring business into your firm. That's #1.
Your second hat is budget. No budget then nothing to allocate. That's #2
Your third hat is vision. Where are you going? How do you get there?
The rest of those hats can be outsourced.
Hope this helps.
Richard Stern- It depends on your biggest contribution to your company..
Titles are not really important except for the people who will take responsibility for the successful outcome of the work/service etc
Consider "selling" the position. Instead of descriptive about the job duties or "hats" come up with a marketable title for the position that will fit the image you wish to put forward or the industry/market targeted by your business.
IMHO there are many cultural biases to consider it. In Mexico b.e. you must select the position whoe show your high ranking into the organization or institution. I have two different task in my organization, but in my email signature I use the one show I have an important position. A matter of fact is that I prefer the other position, less brightly but the must amazing one. Cultural shock an issue to consider when you select your job title.
One additional thought. Depending on where one is one's career, it may make sense to choose a title that allows one to be promoted easier 1-2 years down the line ...there is something to be said for showing career progress...