July 26, 2020
Since I wrote the last post about “Why are software engineers hate being called coders?“, a lot of people asked me if there are other interesting job titles that make people confused at the beginning? The answer is – Yes. And in fact, a lot more than you think. There’s an ongoing trend of euphemistic job titles invented by the recruitment consultants to make vacancies sound more enticing. These are some job titles that make you scratch your head when you first heard it but using another term could get your head around quickly. Today, let me share some interesting euphemism in job titles with you.
Euphemism = a word or phrase used to avoid saying an unpleasant or offensive word. For example, Senior citizen is an euphemism for old person ~ Source: Cambridge Dictionary.
Here are some of the common euphemism used in the workplace we heard of from time to time, in no particular order.
And the list goes on..
As you can see, euphemism is actually a great word game.
“As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action. You liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests.” Gore Vidal The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, 1992 (Source)
Euphemism is as old as human history.
In wartime, the great leaders use Euphemisms to inspire their soldiers to perform certain actions without using the dirty words. A few examples below.
You can see from the examples above, euphemisms are used more commonly than we thought and they are necessary for inspiration for some.
For the Human Resource Officers, when they use the Euphemistic Job Titles, they tend to attract more applicants and in the end they will have a larger pool of candidates to select from.
For the job seekers, by putting the euphemistic job titles on their resume or business cards, they sounded more professional and important. Impression is the key.
The truth is, like it or not, euphemistic job titles are here to stay. As our industry grow more complex and specialized over time, people needs more specialized terms to describe their jobs better. Of course everyone likes to sound important and cool. As long as they are not lying about their actual duties when the questions are asked, there is no actual harm to using euphemism.
In fact, sometimes we are still constantly in awe by some genius terms people come out with to describe their work.
As for the implications, it really depends on who are you and the situations or roles you plan when you look at the titles. That is, you can have different roles at different times.
If you are a HR trying to post a recruitment ad to hire someone, it’s best to check up on the euphemistic terms for the jobs you are recruiting. It may make a huge difference in the number of candidates sending their application, especially if you are just offering the market rate instead of the top notched salaries.
If you are a person writing a resume, remember to google and find some euphemistic job titles to make you stand out from thousands of resume.
If you are a HR recruiting someone for the job and inspecting the resume of the candidates, you should always be vigilant. Look beyond the title and ask the candidates to describe in details on what do they actually do for the previous companies.
If you are just talking about the topic with a friend over a hangout session, you can have a good laugh. This can aid into a heated discussion or even games to come out with the best euphemistic job titles for something.
CEO of [Surname] Inc.
Work Description: Strategize and execute the [Surname] Inc company’s overall strategies going forward, including the company size expansion plan, day-to-day operations, nutrition source procurement plans, budgeting, sanitation engineers recruitment plans, etc.
Can you guess who is this person?
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