Ethical to give yourself made up titles on LinkedIn

Microsoft / Eng Northwind
May 17, 2018 11 Comments

I have been polishing up my LinkedIn profile for good reasons these days and was looking for examples of how people describe their roles on my and other teams.

I am shocked to see how many made up titles that is nowhere near what the GAL states. One described herself as a national director. She is a PM. Another also gave himself a partner director title. He was a PBE (partner business evangelist) - note that the ‘partner’ refers to our customers not the coveted partner title. One signs off as CTO. I have heard of self promotion but this is something else.

Wouldn’t this be unethical and dishonest?

Yours Sincerely,
Chief Sorcery Officer

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TOP 11 Comments
  • Dimension Data / Mgmt Yvnm54
    I think you know the answer.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon sspa
    Lot of Program Managers at Microsoft lying that they’re Product Managers when they’re really just doing TFS, PowerPoint and meetings all day.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • New / Design CasHDiesel
    With current coworkers it is a great way to see who i can trust. They save me the time of learning the hard way.

    For potential employees it is immediately obvious after about 2 questions.
    May 18, 2018 0
  • VMware
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    KPMG
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    I think it’s fair game if it better describes your role than you official title. I keep my original one and most interviewers ask: what does this title mean or do?
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Amazon shammer
    Wouldn't they be figured out by a prospective employer if they are shooting for Director level roles? I'm sure reference check is more in depth for higher level roles
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Microsoft UrG
    My favorite is “head of” for PMs. If they happen to do PM work with a couple of remote engineers in India their title is elevated to “global head of”!
    May 21, 2018 0
  • Amazon / Product 📦 3
    Know someone who did this, resume said one thing, LinkedIn said another. I found out when they reached out to me for a referral on LinkedIn and I asked for resume. I really dislike people that do this and I told them “no” to the referral as a result and I explained why.

    Hoping someone else doesn’t fall for that.
    May 21, 2018 0
  • LinkedIn MzqC50
    Some people definitely inflate their titles. I saw someone who was an analyst claim to be “Head of Sales Ops China” just because they were the person on the APAC team who covered China.

    That said if you have a legit scope you should feel free to describe that. I.E. Title is Senior Manager but you’re the Head of YouTube Engineering.
    May 18, 2018 0
  • Autodesk Autobot
    LinkedIn is essentially a social media site. You can say whatever you want, within reason. So many people leave companies and never update their LinkedIn so it shows they’re currently working there 3 years later.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • Cisco / Eng FLykrns
    I always think- if trump can, why not us? 🤔 atleast you are not giving yourself as reference. Just to clear- I don’t over inflate titles. If anything looking at all this, I probably downplay it a lot.
    May 17, 2018 0
  • New baQn60
    I dumb down my titles to reduce number of recruiters contacting... going the other way is nuts
    May 17, 2018 0

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