Job titles are important

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All employers expect you to give your 100% at work: doing the best that you can with the expertise, and experience you have. After all, you are being paid to do the work. Having a different title won’t make you do a better job. Being a senior won’t make you more efficient, but let’s be honest, people judge a book by its cover. If you want to grow in your career, reach new goals, and strengthen your personal brand, the title you have is important.

It makes me cringes when people told me they don’t really have a titles structure in their company. It worried me when there is no career path for an employee. Some people are comfortable in what they do, but some other need to know “what’s next” to challenge themselves, and thrive to reach the next level. I can care less about my title on an efficiency level! I always give my best, and try to make an art of what I’m doing, but at the same time, it’s how people perceived you. As an example, being recognize as a Senior Technical Evangelist by Mozilla open the door to something like a Principal or Chief Technical Evangelist role. Even a CTO role in a startup is something possible as the industry recognized I had the experience to be called a senior in my job. If I were still called a Technical Evangelist, even if I had the experience of a senior one, it could be a lot harder to land a Principal role. In the end, you don’t give a senior role to someone without experience. I don’t care about your title as I care a lot more about what you can achieve, but it’s not like this for everyone…

I’m not talking here about how those role titles should be given, as for me, it’s more about a meritocracy system, than years of experience. In the end, too often, it’s about how people see you, so it’s why I consider the titles I had, and will have an important part of who I am on a professional side!

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