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Software Engineering Manager 5 months ago

Have you changed your job titles on your resume to match your work?

Saw this situation on LI and had similar issue so I wanted to share:


When a recruiter or hiring managers sees something like "Team Lead", they automatically think technical lead with no reports. When they see Engineering Manager, they think managing a team.


If your company does not align job titles with the market, you'll lose out on opportunities, plain and simple. Recruiters and ATS quickly scan for fit and if the terms aren't there, you're gonna get passed up.


Your comp is going to be impacted severely as well. Wonder why you're downleveled? Probably a combination of your title, size of team/scope of projects, and company tier.


From what I have experienced, I've had 2 eng manager positions and 1 sr. eng manager position although my titles have been "Engineering Team Lead" (previous) and "Engineering Manager" (present). I've since changed my titles on my resume and profiles to reflect this because who is going to audit my job titles anyway?

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undertoneSoftware Engineer 5 months ago
Yeah definitely an unspoken thing that everyone I know does. As long as the roles are adjacent you can change your title to match what you’re targeting.

Just don’t change “Software Engineer” to “Director of Product”
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JoraJoraBackend Software Engineer 5 months ago
And in case of overlapping responsibilities or when acting on a higher level than what was expected from you, it is also fine to mention those next to the corresponding bullet point in the cv
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