People really don’t know how to say what they work as. They always give me some big corporate-sounding job title that’s usually defined so broadly, nobody really knows what role they play in society. What’s worse, they say it and then expect you to know what it means, when really it means nothing.
I mean, gone are the days when you asked someone what they did and they said “I’m a locksmith”. And you just knew you didn’t have to ask them how they fit into your world. it’s annoying, but with the increased complexity of our jobs, nobody’s making it any simpler to describe what they work as.
I’ll give you an example.
Fergus: Hey, so what do you do now ah?
Person: I’m in consultancy.
Fergus: Oh. Okay.
(Weird silence, accompanied by thoughts such as “consult what?”)
Fergus: What company do you work for?
Person: A consultancy firm in (insert location) called (insert name).
(Incidentally, I’m totally not interested in the fact that their firm is located in Damansara Blablabla or if their company is called Blablabla Sdn Bhd. I’m only asking them what company they work for because I need more clues on what this guy consults [and most of the time, this fails, because most companies have very vague names as well, such as Promax Resources (I made that up) or something like that].)
I mean, am I any closer to finding out what this idiot does? No. the answer is a big fat no. I’ve met tons of people like this. They’re very, very good at giving you their job titles. I’m a senior account manager. What the hell does that mean? I’m a junior executive. Of what? Of whom? For whom? Please, people, all you people with jargonny job titles, please make your job real for me when you tell me what you do.
My company makes software for blablabla. I’m the guy who makes sure this gets from A to B.
We provide services for people who want to do blablabla but cannot because they don’t have blablabla. I’m the guy who does XYZ.
It’s really so easy.
So please, I beg you – if you have a vague job title, something that isn’t self-explanatory like ‘doctor’ or ‘lion tamer’, please do the rest of the world a favour and just give them a brief description of what you really do.
Cos let’s be real. nobody needs you to show off a snazzy job title. The whole world knows job titles are embellished to make young adults sound like they’re more important than they really are.