Compile a List of Achievements
Make a list or a folder of your achievements with the company that support your job title change request. For example, if you would like to change your job title from “Special Projects Manager” to “Special Projects and Marketing Manager,” make a list of tasks or projects you’ve headed up that deal directly with marketing. Include impressive statistics or other results you’ve achieved when utilizing your marketing abilities. In addition, include any advanced training or certifications you’ve acquired in your job and letters of commendation from supervisors, clients or peers.
Make a List of Reasons Why You Deserve the Title Change
You might have to sell your boss on your request for a title change, so prepare yourself. Think of all of the reasons why you deserve a different title. For instance, if you routinely do tasks outside of your job description, make a list of the tasks and include how they qualify you for a title change. In addition, think of how your title change could benefit the company. For example, if you request a title change from “Photography Assistant” to “Photography Projects Manager” note that the title has more authority and may give clients more confidence when dealing with you. This can relieve a certain amount of stress and pressure from an overworked photographer.
Choose Your Proposed Title Carefully
When dreaming up your new title, take politics into consideration, advises Tory Johnson, author and founder of the recruitment services company, Women for Hire, on her “Diversity in the Workplace” blog. Never aim for a title that is the same or similar to the title one of your superiors or you risk appearing as if you are belittling his role. And never choose a title that implies that you have a level of authority that you do not.
Set Up a Meeting
Blindsiding your boss with your job title request sets you up for failure. If it’s not a convenient time for her to consider and answer your question, she may brush it aside and leave you waiting endlessly for a response. If you want your boss to seriously consider your desire for a title change, send her an email and request a 30-minute meeting so you can discuss the issue. Mention in the email that you’d like to discuss changing your job title. You need some dedicated one-to-one time so you can present compelling and valid reasons for her to grant your request.
Ask to Revisit the Issue
If your boss doesn’t approve a title change, ask him what you need to do so that he will grant your request. He may say that you need to demonstrate higher levels of responsibility or learn to perform additional tasks. Ask him to meet with you again in six months to revisit the issue. Send him an email with your understanding of what you need to do. State that you will check in with him periodically regarding your progress and that you look forward to meeting with him regarding the title change in six months.