Weird job titles that make even the most boring jobs sound thrilling

13 August, 2019
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The first thing that all job candidates that look out for are the job titles. Likewise, in the working world, job titles can either make or break an employee - providing that first impression to peers, clients and customers outside the organisation.

Gone are the days whereby job titles such as "Manager" or "Vice President" appear on recruitment advertisements. These days, unique and perhaps weird, job titles the likes of ninjas, gurus and wizards, have been popping up on job listings websites as a moniker for jobs that might otherwise sound rather unappealing. While tech giants - the likes of Google and Facebook - provide a library of exotic job titles, smaller companies are also starting to catch on this trend.

As fancy and otherworldly as these job titles may sound, it might over-inflate the roles and responsibilities of the actual job description. This may create confusion amongst potential job applicants. Furthermore, it might in fact limit the talent pool further. After all, how often would a job seeker search for “wizard” in job listings?

However, that does not mean complete abstinence from these exotic job titles. In certain situations, fancy job titles as such may help to elevate certain administrative or mundane jobs, making it sound less boring than it actually is. Here are some suggestions to rebrand certain job titles, so much so that it makes even the most boring job sound thrilling.

Rockstar

The term rock stars might bring up images of star-studded celebrities in Hollywood.

However, a "rockstar" job title might also give off the impression that a particular job is unique and exceptional. Take for instance Singapore-based ecommerce platform startup, Shopee, which rebranded an ordinarily mundane marketing internship into a Marketing Rockstar Internship. The job description looks very much the same as that of a marketing intern but the title itself makes their marketing internship sounds more exciting that what one would expect from a typical internship.

Genius

Being called a genius might suggest that a particular someone has exceptionally high IQ or perhaps highly skilled in a particular topic or interest. This could also be applied in the same context when a job title has the word "Genius" in it. At Apple Inc for example. there are actual job titles such as SG-Genius, whereby these Geniuses are stationed at Apple store and attend to customers' queries and troubleshoot technical issues on the customer's Apple products. For such roles, their job titles are more commonly known as IT Technical Support Officer or Customer Care Officer, but with the title of a Genius, this definitely gives off the impression that these Apple Geniuses certainly have the capabilities to resolve almost any technical issue.

Guru

Guru is a Sanskrit term that means "teacher", or used to describe someone with great knowledge and wisdom. The trend of "guru" job listing is relatively common in Singapore, with job titles such as Social Events Guru and Partnerships and Marketing Communications Guru appearing on job listings.

While fancy job titles might sound fun and give off the indication of a laid-back culture within the company, it might also confuse potential job candidates. Most job seekers would search for positions that match their skills and interest - therefore terms such as "guru" and "rockstar" in job titles might confuse job seekers. At times, it might even put them off from applying the job. Instead, it might be best to stick to concise and common job titles - perhaps leaving the fancy job titles to the internal workplace instead.