How a Job Title Can Hurt Your Resume

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Posted by Karyn Moyer

Job titles are one of the first things a potential employer or recruiter reads when looking at your resume. Your job titles are supposed to summarize the general picture of your day-to-day responsibilities. However, some titles given by employers are not industry-standard and may not capture your true duties. Some organizations create unclear job titles that are different from most in the outside world or different from other farms or agribusinesses. On your resume, you want to list a job title that will translate well to someone outside of your company. Most employers are not going to know if a “Farm Ninja” is going to have the experience for the Farm Manager position they have open.

It may not seem like a big deal since you summarize your duties under the job title, however, most of the time hiring managers just skim the titles to get an overview of your experience before looking further. Also, listing industry-standard job titles creates those keywords recruiters are looking for when searching for resumes in a database. When an AgHires recruiter is searching through our database for an Irrigation Technician, your resume is not going to show if you don’t have Irrigation Technician listed somewhere on your resume.

How to Fix Your Job Title

You don’t want to lie about your current job title, so you’ll want to list both your official title and the industry-standard title or desired title. For example, if you’re looking for a mechanic role with mechanic experience, but your actual title was “Farm Hand,” you’re not going to appear in a recruiter’s farm mechanic search. List the Mechanic title in parentheses next to the Farm Hand title, like this “Farm Hand (Mechanic). This will give you the added keywords to your resume and show up in searches.

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Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer

Karyn Moyer is the Senior Marketing Manager at AgHires, with over 13 years of marketing experience, over 9 of which she has spent in the agriculture marketing industry. Growing up in a small farming town, Karyn has a deep appreciation for the importance of agriculture and its role in our communities. Since joining AgHires in 2017, Karyn has used her wealth of experience and knowledge to help job seekers and clients achieve their goals. She has a passion for learning and discovering new ways to support the industry.