What’s in a job title?

Having worked in recruitment for the past 2 decades, agency side for 10 years and the last 10 years in-house, I have come across some seriously bizarre job titles. There is no standard across industries but the norm seems you either go with the American VP, AVP title regime or the more European / Global titles of Director, Associate Director etc.

Some do digress from this, particularly in the start-up world, and I will revert to Troy Hammond to correct me if I’m wrong but these are a few I’ve seen out there:

  • Chief Happiness Officer
  • Chief Trouble Maker
  • Genius (at Apple)
  • Imagineer (Disney Engineers)

My favourite, however, is Mighty Eagle which Rovia, who make Angry Birds, call their CEO Peter Vesterbacka. I love seeing diverse titles out there, not that it makes it any easier for those sourcers / recruiters diving deep into their Boolean / X-Ray searches, but it does differentiate a company.

So what is in a title?  Awesome job titles seem to draw top talent or at least pique the interest of people when they see a different job title in a job ad or on social media but what about those lesser attractive jobs out there? It seems companies are turning to creating unique job titles to attract the talent they seek to connect and engage with.  There are those willing to push the boundaries but then there are those companies that tend to stick to the “normal” job titles.

So what does a job title mean to you? Does it make a massive difference if you get a new job with a decent pay increase yet the title, in your opinion doesn’t really reflect the actual role or what you feel you should be called? I’m interested to hear your thoughts as to some candidates the title makes the role.


Top 50 HR & Recruiting bad asses in APAC featuring – Mark Sumner

Thanks for the mention Troy!

Troy Hammond

Happy Monday everyone.

If you are new to this series please read this first in order to understand what I am trying to do.

In a nutshell, I am trying to help raise the profile of our industry and help our fellow HR and Recruiting people teach and learn.

I was at lunch the other day with Kirsti Grant, Jade Sheartsone and Tracy Earl and the topic came up that;

If you truly are trying to help all our industry then why don’t we all start some meetups to help people?

Not just meetups for recruiters and HR folk to get better, though a place where potentially a young start-up that cannot afford to hire an internal recruiter or pay agencies fees can also learn from us.

So I did.

I put my money (yes it costs to start a meetup) where my mouth is and have started the

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#Getin for the Cancer Society – support our www.pledgeme.co.nz campaign

Matt Pontin and I have started a Pledgeme campaign to raise money for the The Cancer Society of New Zealand We are giving away our time to help businesses who pledge / donate money to the cause with all proceeds going to the Cancer Society. This is Matt’s blog …

Thoughts and innovations from the wonderful world of Talent

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Here’s some exciting news to share. When Mark Sumner and I launched #Getin Ltd, we wanted to do things very differently. We wanted to create a successful and fun business – but more importantly we wanted to create a legacy.

A legacy in terms of being innovative, different, and having a go at what we do – trying what others wouldn’t  – to enable great outcomes for our customers. Yep that’s one legacy we want.

But we also wanted to start as we mean to go on and use the power of social media, digital and the business eco-system and community to help others.


So I came up with the #Getin for The Cancer Society campaign.

Many of us (me included) have had families and friends impacted by this hideous disease. It it unfortunately so common that it has touched the hearts of us all in some way shape…

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The world we live in and life in general.

Some might say that time flies when you’re having fun but the that Utopia doesn’t account for the reality that time also flies when you’re mentally busy at work, particularly when you’re looking for these critters!


Lost? Just Google “purple squirrel”

The untimely and tragic death of an ex-colleague brought me screaming to a halt yesterday and the memory of making a mad dash across 11 time zones to be with my inspirational, loving, selfless and most beautiful Mother, to say goodbye in February this year, came flooding back.

Not that I had forgotten, the memory is forever burned into my cerebral cortex, as anyone who has lost a family member will attest to, but life tends to run away from us in the mad dash that is work and life.

I made it home in time to hold, talk to and say goodbye to the person who had been a rock, someone I could always turn to and talk to about the world we live in and life in general. So this is for you Mom, a personal post in memory of all the things you taught me, the boy you turned into a man and the life devoted to making me see the silver lining when things went pear-shaped. You helped me to see and understand that no matter what is said, what obstacles life throws at us and however busy we are, there is always time to laugh!

This one’s for you Mom ………..


A time to write …..

Well, well, well, after many months of procrastination, fighting the fear of that gut wrenching first step into the blogging world and laying it all out there for the world to see, I have decided to put pen to paper (well, to punch away at the keyboard at any rate) and take that leap.

I have hand written poems and short stories from life experiences gone by but they are slowly gathering dust in a box in the storeroom. Having never been read by more than a handful of people I thought I would join the 21st century, get the ol’ blog up and running and share my wit, charm and humour (I feel a Tui moment coming) with those that might stumble across these little words.

What to expect ……… well, the world we live in and life in general (those aptly sung words by Depeche Mode back in the 80’s) but you’re likely to find a mix of work (recruitment, sourcing, employer branding, social media for recruitment, emerging HR technology) and personal (SpringBoks, Sharks, fishing and family) might feature!  

You could look me up on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, G+ and through whatever Boolean string that takes your fancy via Google and you would probably find that I am: South African, studied Law, went to London in 1995, met my awesome Kiwi wife, spent 11 years in the beautiful city of Sydney, play Dad to a very wise and cheeky 6-year-old boy and now live and play in the land of the long white cloud. With 17 years (that makes me feel ancient) in external and internal recruitment, HR consulting, sourcing and engaging with the recruitment and Banking communities my head abounds with hair-raising, bite my tongue humour and stories of  Gangnam style proportion.

I love people; watching them (no not stalking them although I might have viewed your LinkedIn profile once or twice), working with them, making their career dreams into reality and engaging with them both at work and out on the water  in search of those pelagic fish that roam the deep.

So, the first post is written, edited and more than likely will see me + my better half being the only visitors, oh, unless you have clicked on the link I am very likely to post on the aforementioned social media platforms. If you have managed to stumble upon this humble little blog then I thank you for visting and hope you might return in the future to post a few comments,engage and laugh at the musings of a family loving, rugby mad, fishing charter captain wannabe and by day Talent Sourcing Manager who loves the the world we live in and life in general!