It always amazes me when I hear people complain that they are not happy with their job title.
Why do so many of us become obsessed with this? Shouldn’t we care more about the opportunities that exist (or don’t exist) at our job? Wouldn’t you rather make more money vs. battling management for a title?
So as you prepare for an upcoming review, or a spontaneous meeting where you wish to make demands of your boss, consider these tips:
1. There’s only so many times you can go back to the well. In other words, don’t make it a habit of knocking on your boss’s door and asking for something. This goes for job titles, money, or a better cubicle. The bottomline is that job titles only get us so far. It’s the work that we do and the experiences we’re given that will help take us far in our careers.
2. Before getting all worked up that Suzie down the hall is a senior executive and you’re a junior executive, look at the big picture. Maybe Suzie has been at your agency longer than you? Maybe it took Suzie an extended amount of time to get that title? Don’t get worked up over things you can’t control. Focus on yourself.
3. Other than a fancier title to put on a business card, what does a new title get you? If you want a new title simply because you think it will help you on the job market, I guarantee you will not get a job offer somewhere else because you are now the senior executive of coolness at your agency. Your experience and results is what will matter. When’s the last time someone hired someone else because of a title?
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