The Job Title Section of Your Resume is the most important part of your resume, yet most of the resumes we see don't have one. The Job Title gets the attention of the hiring manager.
At www.employmentjamaica.com many resumes are uploaded without a Job Title. It’s as if the person is expecting the hiring manager to guess what kind of job they are looking for. This includes; smart, highly educated people, making the same mistake and ended up not get a call for an interview.
The goal is to tell the hiring manager what type of position you are looking for. You do this with the Job Title. Here are some examples of Job Titles:
· Marketing Manager
· Assistant Librarian
· Vice President of Sales
· Project Manager
· Head Nurse
· Web Developer
· Horse Trainer
The Job Title is your target position – It must match the position you are seeking and should line up with what the hiring manager is looking for. It tells the hiring manager if you are a good fit. If it is not in line with what the hiring manager is looking for, he moves on to the next resume.
For many people, the Job Title on their resume is the same Job Title from their last job. If your last position was Director of Software Development, then this is most likely the Job Title you want to use.
But, if you are seeking a new position, then you should use that Job Title on your resume.
The most common reason people don’t list their desired Job Title is that they are afraid to limit their options. What if you ask for a Strategic Marketing Manager job, but there is an opening for Product Marketing Manager, or a Vice President position? Won’t you be excluded or overlooked? Will they still call you? What if the position you specify in the Job Title section is higher than the position they have an opening for? For example, you specify Director of Marketing, but the only position they have open is one level lower – Marketing Manager.
Yes, you do run a risk by specifying your Job Title
However, the risk is much greater if your Job Title section is empty. Most likely the hiring manager ignores your resume.
You have to trust the hiring manager is smart enough to know that someone who has been a Director of Marketing could probably be promoted to work as a Vice President of Marketing, or the opposite. Perhaps a Director would be willing to work as a Manager.
If the hiring manager is not smart enough and open minded enough to understand this, then perhaps you don’t want to work for them anyway.
What job do you want?
The other reason people don’t show a Job Title on their resume is because they are not sure what job they want. But when employers hire someone, they want someone who is really good at what they do, not someone who is unsure about what work they want to do.
You must have a Job Title
The Job Title should be customized for each position you apply for. Keep in mind, the rest of your resume needs to support your Job Title. Your resume acts as proof you can perform the work encompassed by the Job Title.
Article Credit - Michael T. Robinson