Re: Finding a good job title

Subject: Re: Finding a good job title
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 06 Feb 2001 09:47:20 -0800

"Carnall, Jane" wrote:

> I didn't know Dracula was subbed to this list... I thought he was a tax
> accountant. (You know, the kind of people who can get blood from... well,
> anything.)

He lurks, of course.

> I would have put it down to our being relentlessly fond of playing with
> words.

Well, I've always enjoyed joke titles - the more ridiculous, the
better. I've thought of using "General Dogsbody" or "Token
Non-Coder" myself.

But I just don't take the matter very seriously - nor would I stay
longer than necessary in a corporate culture where my worth was
measured by my title.

At least people who write to the list asking for others to make a
style decision for them are getting on with their work, no matter
how roundabout their methods. But all the discussion about whether
to be a "writer" or a "communicator," about whether people can
prefix "Senior" to their titles, about being an STC "leader," about
being a "writer" or an "editor" or a "manager" or a "director" -
yawn! Let's talk about something interesting, like everyone's latest
dental surgery.

Bruce Byfield 317.833.0313 bbyfield -at- progeny -dot- com
Director of Marketing and Communications, Progeny Linux Systems
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux

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