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How do I create the right resume title?  As I research various career websites, many companies use different job titles for positions that may sound relatively the same. How do I create one that contains what is essential? I am in the midst of a career change. I no longer want to teacher in the capacity where I am grading papers. Yet I want to remain where I am instrumental in youth/adult development (academically or career wise) or community development (working with schools or organizations for the betterment of youth or adults).  My students often tell me that I have missed my calling as a mentor or counselor.  How can I create the right resume title?

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Hi Aleesha,

Great question! Your observation about the employer use of job titles and the similarity of duty descriptions is right on target. One employer may call their office employee a Secretary, while another calls the position an Administrative Office Manager.

If your background correlates to what the employer is looking for, use the job title they prefer to describe yourself as a candidate, and reserve the right to change it up depending upon the target audience. In fact, if you feel awkward about using their job title because you have never actually held that particular title before, use the word Candidate directly behind the job title.

Essentially, tell the employer right up front that you are who they are looking for. This is an especially valuable strategy for changing careers. If you are pursuing opportunity in community outreach or youth counseling, why not call yourself a 'Youth Counselor Candidate', followed by all of the things that make you a viable choice to serve in this role.

Does this help answer your question?

Lisa  

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As a Certified Executive Résumé Master (CERM), Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW), Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP), Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist, Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Facilitator, and retired service member; I can answer your questions on a variety of subjects. Ask me about résumé and cover letter preparation, military transition, federal or government résumé resources and other career development topics.

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28 years of combined experience in both Federal and State organizations. Extensive background in promoting personal and professional development, and providing career development guidance.

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Career Directors International (CDI), National Résumé Writer's Association (NRWA), Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches (PARW-CC), Career Thought Leaders (CTL), Disabled American Veterans - Life Member, Cambridge Who's Who-Life Member.

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Résumé for Dummies-7th Edition Quill Magazine Pro-Files Magazine Spotlight Newsletter (PARW-CC) The Business Writer's Handbook Handbook of Technical Writing

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Certified Executive Résumé Master (CERM), Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW), Certified Employment Interview Professional (CEIP), Labor and Employment Specialist, Case Management, Instructor/Trainer, Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Facilitator.

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Customer Service Award - 2007 GA Department of Labor

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