Creativity is generally a good attribute for a job candidate to possess. That being said, don’t get creative with your job title when writing your resume or cover letter.
If you’re a senior accountant, avoid referring to yourself as a “high-level bean counter” (as one real-life applicant did). Likewise, if you’re a graphic designer, don’t tell prospective employers that you’re a “design ninja.” Your playfulness will likely come across as more amateurish than clever.
These job seekers should have stuck to the facts:
JOB TITLE: “Customer Service Magician.”
We hope you don’t make the customers disappear.
JOB TITLE: “Certified Zen Master of Web Programming.”
How does one go about earning that designation?
JOB TITLE: “Account Manager/Steady Eddie of the office.”
Do you work with Even Steven?
JOB TITLE: “Technological Teddy Bear.”
We always knew Teddy Ruxpin would make a comeback.
JOB TITLE: “Fun Jell-O Shot Guy.”
Is that what you want on your nameplate and business card?
JOB TITLE: “The Idea Wizard.”
Who needs Harry Potter anyway?
JOB TITLE: “Energetic Agent of Change.”