What is a job title?

A job title describes your role at a company. In only 2–3 words, a job title gives recruiting managers a better understanding of your:

  • years of experience
  • level of responsibility
  • daily tasks and general responsibilities
  • skill set

A comparison between a dull CV and an eye-catching CV, with a button that leads to the CV Genius CV maker.

When you apply for a job, the first place an employer or hiring manager will see your current job title is in your CV header or cover letter header.

By including a professional job title at the top of your CV or cover letter (underneath your name), you help employers instantly see if you’re qualified for a position.

Online CV makers will format your job title and CV heading automatically so that they draw the attention of recruiting managers.

Here’s an example of a job title in a CV heading:

An example of an IT director job title for a female applicant on their CV header
Place your job title in your CV header so employers can easily see it.

Is capitalising job titles necessary on a CV header?

Yes, capitalising job titles is necessary on a CV header.

Capitalising job titles on your CV or cover letter header makes your job titles easier to read.

Here’s how a capitalised ‘Public Relations Manager’ job title looks like on a CV header:

An example of a capitalised job title for a public relations director role
Capitalising your job title on a CV heading tells employers you’re detail-oriented.

170+ job title examples

Unsure how to write a good CV that uses an appropriate job title?

We’ve listed the most common job title examples from different industries so you can see what a good job title looks like.

C suite level job title examples

Here are several C suite level job titles if you’re applying for these types of roles:

C suite level job titles for your CV

 

  • Chief Customer Officer (CCO)
  • Chief Data Officer (CDO)
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Chief Product Officer (CPO)
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

 

Job title examples for leaders

Highlighting your leadership skills is essential if you want to lead a project, a team, or even a company.

Let employers know you have the experience and knowledge they want in a top candidate by using leadership-oriented job titles, like these:

Leadership job titles for your CV

 

  • Assistant Manager
  • Chairperson
  • Chief
  • Controller
  • Director
  • Executive
  • Head of [Industry]
  • Lead
  • Manager
  • Officer
  • President
  • Senior [Industry Job Title]
  • Superintendent
  • Supervisor
  • Team Leader
  • Vice [Industry Job Title]

 

Just remember to be honest when writing your CV and never exaggerate your job title. Employers vet you during background checks and will likely reject you if they find out your role in the company was different from what your job title suggests.

Example job titles in marketing

Marketing is a collaborative field with a wide range of positions. By using your correct job title, you explain your level of expertise as a marketer and let employers know if you’re the right fit for their open role.

For instance, some employers hire generalists who have completed several tasks (e.g., Digital Marketer) while others seek specialists (e.g., SEO Manager) who focus on a specific aspect of marketing.

Have a look at some entry-level job titles for your marketing CV:

Entry-level marketing job titles for your CV

 

  • Brand Strategy Consultant
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Copywriter
  • Digital Marketer
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Junior Marketing Assistant
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • SEM Coordinator
  • SEO Coordinator

 

And these are marketing job titles for senior-level positions:

Senior-level job titles for marketers

 

  • Chief Marketing Officer
  • Community Manager
  • Content Manager
  • Digital Marketing Executive
  • Head of Marketing
  • Marketing Director
  • Marketing Executive
  • Marketing Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • SEO Manager

 

HR job title examples

Human resources (HR) departments have an organised hierarchy of employees who perform specialised duties (like employee relations, finance, or recruiting), so ensure your CV clearly outlines your job title.

Listing your HR job title lets employers accurately assess your CV and determine whether your skill set is suited for their specific HR vacancy.

Check out these entry-level HR roles below:

Entry level HR job title examples

 

  • HR Administrator
  • HR Advisor
  • HR Assistant
  • HR Associate
  • HR Compliance Analyst
  • HR Consultant
  • HR Coordinator
  • Recruiter
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • People Business Partner

 

And here are several job titles for senior HR professionals:

Senior-level HR job titles

 

  • Benefits Manager
  • Chief HR Officer
  • Director of People
  • Head of HR
  • Head of Learning and Development
  • Head of People
  • Head of Resourcing
  • Head of Talent Acquisition
  • HR Director
  • HR Manager
  • HR Supervisor
  • Senior HR Generalist
  • Senior HR Advisor
  • Senior People Partner

 

Examples of finance job titles

Include your job title so employers can visualise the level of seniority you’ve gained in the finance industry and understand what specific sector you’re in.

These are examples of job titles for entry-level finance workers:

Entry-level finance CV job titles

 

  • Accountant
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Auditor
  • Bank Cashier
  • Budget Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Payroll Specialist
  • Tax Associate

 

Here are some job titles for senior finance professionals to give you an idea of what to put in a CV for a finance role:

Job title examples for senior-level finance roles

 

  • Account Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Finance Director
  • Finance Manager
  • Finance Senior Associate
  • Payroll Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Senior Accountant
  • Senior Finance Analyst

 

Sales job title examples

There are several sales positions ranging from cashiers all the way to sales directors. To help employers see your career progression, list your job titles on your sales CV.

Here are several entry-level sales job titles for your CV:

Sales job titles for entry-level workers

  • Cashier
  • Collections Agent
  • Retail Sales Assistant
  • Sales Advisor
  • Sales Associate
  • Visual Merchandiser

And take a look at some job titles for senior sales professionals:

Sales job titles for senior-level positions

  • Assistant Store Manager
  • Store Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Sales Director
  • Sales Executive
  • Store Manager

McDonald’s job titles

Most people who enjoy fast food will recognise McDonalds. But because McDonalds’ job titles are specific to their brand, provide more details about the position you hold if you’re applying for roles outside of McDonalds.

For instance, include detailed CV bullet points describing your McDonalds job title in your CV’s work experience section.

If you have experience working at McDonalds, use these McDonalds job titles on your CV:

McDonalds–related job titles

 

  • Assistant Manager
  • Cashier
  • Cook
  • Crew Member
  • Crew Trainer
  • Customer Care Assistant
  • Customer Experience Leader
  • Family Ambassador
  • Maintenance
  • McCafé Barista
  • McDelivery Rider
  • Restaurant Management Trainee
  • Shift Manager
  • Swing Manager

 

Social media title examples

Social media is a rapidly growing industry with new job titles emerging every year. Show recruiters you’re up-to-date with technology and can drive traffic for specific social media platforms by including a relevant job title for your social media CV.

Here are some social media job titles to include on your CV:

Job title examples for a social media CV

 

  • Digital Communications Specialist
  • Content Creator
  • Director of Social Media
  • Pinterest Manager
  • Social Media Assistant
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Social Media Intern
  • Social Media Manager
  • TikTok Influencer
  • YouTuber

 

Examples of IT job titles

Recruiters want to know you have the technical skills and highly specialised knowledge they seek, so ensure you list an appropriate IT job title that reflects these standards.

Below are several job title examples that cover popular IT–related positions:

Examples of IT job titles

 

  • Cloud Engineer
  • Customer Support
  • Database Administrator
  • Data Scientist
  • Fullstack Developer
  • Head of IT Support
  • IT Technician
  • Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Programmer

 

Job titles for cleaners

Writing a professional job title on your CV increases the chances of an employer noticing your application and knowing which areas you’re experienced at cleaning.

For instance, some employers are seeking cleaners for domestic households, while others need commercial cleaning services.

Cleaning job titles include the following:

Cleaning job title examples

 

  • Caretaker
  • Commercial Cleaner
  • Custodian
  • Domestic Cleaner
  • Facilities Manager
  • Floor Care Technician
  • Head Custodian
  • Housekeeper
  • Industrial Cleaner
  • Janitor
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Office Cleaner

 

Insurance job title examples

Pursuing a career in insurance? Use a specific job title so employers can immediately recognise your area of insurance expertise and determine how you’ll fit in their company.

For instance, instead of ‘Writer’, list ‘Underwriter’ as your insurance job title. And instead of ‘Auditor’, use ‘Actuary’.

Below are examples of job titles from the insurance industry:

Insurance job title examples for your CV

 

  • Actuary
  • Claims Adjustor
  • Claims Handler
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Insurance Advisor
  • Insurance Broker
  • Insurance Consultant
  • Risk Consultant
  • Underwriter
  • Senior Underwriter

 

Creatively funny job title examples

Applying for a role where creativity is appreciated or encouraged? Consider using a funny job title on your CV.

Just be mindful that not all employers will appreciate funny job titles, so research the company’s culture first by reviewing its LinkedIn profile, official website, and social media platforms. 

Here are some of our favorite funny job titles:

Examples of creative job titles on a CV

 

  • Chief Beverage Officer (Bartender)
  • Chief of Chatting (Call Centre Manager)
  • Collector of Business Cards (Business Development Representative)
  • Comic Sans Destroyer (Graphic Designer)
  • Hairapist (Hair Stylist)
  • King of the Nerds (Tech Support)
  • Master of First Impressions (Receptionist)
  • Sandwich Artist (Subway Worker)
  • Talent and Vibe Manager (HR Manager)
  • Wizard of Light Bulb Moments (Marketing Director)

 

Frequently asked questions about job titles

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about job titles.

What is my job title?

Your job title can be found by looking at your:

  • company’s online HR profile
  • contract
  • payslip

If you’re in doubt, you can ask your HR department or boss (but be aware, you may be revealing you’re looking for a new job if you do).

What’s the difference between job titles and occupations?

The difference between a job title and an occupation is that a job title describes someone’s specific role (e.g., radiologist), whereas an occupation is more general (e.g., doctor).

For instance, many people share the same occupation (like “Teacher”) but have different job titles (e.g., Supply Teacher, Special Needs Teacher, ESL Teacher).

What is a title on a job application?

‘Title’ on a job application might refer to the name of the role (like ‘Cleaner’ or ‘Nursery Teacher’, but it could also mean a name prefix like ‘Mr’, ‘Ms’ or ‘Dr’. If you’re filling in an online application and it asks for your title next to your name, it probably means Mr, Ms, or Dr.

Samuel Johns, CPRW

Samuel Johns is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and lead career counsellor on the CV Genius team, with almost 5 years of experience in the career space. He has helped countless job hunters craft high-quality CVs and cover letters, exceed expectations at interviews, and obtain their dream jobs. Born and raised near Darlington, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Bristol in 2013 and worked in Paris, France as a translator. Currently based in Taipei, Taiwan, he’s determined to use his expertise to help British job candidates get the jobs they deserve. Samuel’s job-hunt advice has been published on numerous websites, including Careers.org, the University of Warwick, the Enterprisers Project, and HR.com. If you’d like to collaborate, please reach out to Samuel through LinkedIn. Please note, we don’t accept guest posts and won’t reply to such requests.