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What's In a Title? Perhaps your future

Title: A title is a prefix or a suffix added to someone's name in certain contexts. It may signify either veneration, an official position or a professional or academic qualification. In some languages, titles may be inserted before a last name; some titles are hereditary.  Source: Wikipedia


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Jack and I speak with scores of healthcare management professionals on a weekly basis. We cover a wide variety of topics from the personal to the professional, from locations they would would most love to work to resume upgrades to child care issues they face in relation to taking their next position. Each week brings a potpourri of candidate topics, it's what keeps our job interesting. 

Lately a new topic has emerged: The Changing Job Title. As healthcare organizations reinvent themselves on the fly, some are creating flat organizations: That is an organization that has few or no levels of middle management between staff and senior executives. Resultantly, some professionals who have previously had the title of Director now find themselves reinvented, with little to no change in responsibility, as Managers

And yes, when a job title changes to a less sexy title that connotes decreased responsibility, a passionate response is evoked from the job holder: Job titles matter to the holder of the title and they matter to Human Resources departments when they review candidate credentials. 

Titles matter when you are attempting to take the next step in your career progression. If a job is posted as Director level with Director level experience required, a resume showing a backwards progression from Director to Manager may be summarily dismissed with little to no review. If your title does match the scope or accountability of your position, it is incumbent upon you to properly convey the scope of your role. This can be difficult when a typical resume review takes less than 17 seconds to perform, but it is your challenge.

It is yet another reason to work with a recruiter specializing in healthcare facilities management; we will take the time to get to know you and your career progression, and can represent that to the healthcare HR departments we work with on a daily basis. So we ask you, how important is your job title to you and has your title been downsized without a corresponding reduction in responsibility and accountability?

Please feel free to comment below. Thank you, 

Peter Martin


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