Creating My Own Job Title
Written By Amber Monaco
It doesn’t matter if you are a budding entrepreneur, a motivated side hustler, or a not-willing-to-admit-it go-getter in your craft room; you need a job title.
Job titles are not just for the corporate world. Job titles are important because they give you authority and explain to people what you do in just a few seconds. A title can be equally as descriptive as a your elevator pitch, and sometimes it’s easier to communicate your skills in a few words rather than in a rehearsed spiel.
Why is it important for YOU to choose your job title?
Choosing your own job title is proactive. You are consciously looking into who you are and what you do. You are rejecting the notion that someone else is paving the path of your professional career.
I started thinking about what job title I wanted for myself when I was a side-hustler. I was working full-time in an “important” job that came with a job title that meant nothing to me.
Now that I’ve been a full-time entrepreneur for 14+ months, I knew that it was time to order new business cards, which, of course, would need a job title.
I wanted my job title to be two words, which is simply my personal preference. These words had to communicate exactly what I did, but also show people that I am special. I wanted a stranger to look at my business card and get curious. By choosing two words that are meaningful in different ways, I could offer a glimpse into my life and into my personality before I say anything more.
Here’s how I choose my words:
First, I knew I had to choose a word that is reflective of what I do. I wanted this word to be highly descriptive and to paint a picture, even if I wasn’t in the room to explain myself. This would have to show exactly what service I provide, because, inevitably, a stranger is going to look at my business card a week later and will need to know exactly what I do.
When you use a clear, simple word, the one receiving the business card has an immediate understand of what you do. They’ll know instantly if they might hire you someday. They’ll know if your two businesses could potentially collaborate. They might think of a referral and send business your way.
Having a clear, descriptive word is highly important. Make it simple and strong.
An emotional noun
I wanted to challenge myself on a personal level with the second word, so I choose something that scares me a little but also pushes me to more and to be better.
In my life, I have struggled with creativity and the idea that I’m a “creative.” I have always known deep down that I am a creative person, but I’ve been repressing this feeling for years. As I work toward discovering my creativity, I decided to put the word creative on my business card constantly urge myself to be more creative. And, it works.
When you print a word on your business card, you have to keep striving to adequately meet that word, even on the days when you aren’t feeling up to the task.
This word also has an emotional foundation. It shows that I have passion, personality, and drive.
The words on my business card are writer and creative.
First, I am a writer. I write. People pay me to write. If you hired me, you’d probably hire me to write. I think about writing. I tell stories. I read. I love grammar debates. I am a writer.
Second, I am a creative. I use my creativity to create tangibles and deliverables to make my client happy. I have developed a creative method that allows me to work according my lifestyle + deliver my work on time. I think outside the box; I live outside the box. I am a creative.
Do I do more that write? Sure. I strategize. I research. I do tons of marketing. I listen. I teach. I experiment. I try. I fail. I podcast. I learn new skills.
As you’re thinking of your new job title, make sure you are choosing something that fits exactly who you are, not what you are.
Here are a couple of examples of descriptive job titles: artist, podcaster, editor, app developer, digital product creator, crafter, social media manager, website developer, branding strategist, virtual assistant, accountant, coder, author.
Here are a few words that describe who you are emotionally and keep you working to improve yourself: communicator, connector, wonderer, wanderer, computer whisperer, thinker, storyteller, problem-solver, leader, friend...
What is your job title?
Choose a handful of words and wear them for a few weeks. How do they feel? Are they accurate? Do you aspire for another word that challenges you or inspires you?
When you have the perfect job title – one that you chose and that really means something to you – you’ll be proud to tell people about who you are and what you do.
After all, you deserve to be proud of yourself.
Amber Monaco is a writer and creative who believes in using what you have, where you are to create content that is fun, useful, and leaves people wanting more. Amber is also a digital nomad; she travels the world, scuba dives, and loves a good grammar debate.