What are the job titles between job A and career B?
January 21, 2010 6:14 PM Subscribe
I want to go from Data Entry Clerk / Executive Assistant to Business Analyst or Technical Writer. Please help suggest some job titles I can use in interviews or search for online.
posted by neznamy to Work & Money (9 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Can you help me think of some job titles I can use to say "Right now I'm looking for temp work as a data entry clerk / secretary, but in six months time I hope to have a full time job as an XX." Or, "I'm only interested in full time job opportunities if they are XX or on the road towards XX"?
This question is mostly about what job titles are out there that I can use to signal my career intentions, but I'll give you some more detail just in case it will help.
I'm 26 and I have about 3 years experience temping as a data entry clerk, EA, admin assistant, and receptionist. This has been a great way to make money as I've done other things with my early 20s, plus I've gained a lot of valuable general workplace knowledge - I'm a much more mature worker than when I first started. I'm finally at a time in my life, however, where I can stay in the same city for over a year, so I'm looking to move ahead with my career and do something more interesting and with more responsibility.
All of my previous temp roles (lasting from a couple of weeks to a few months) have quickly developed past their initial job descriptions and I've been given project management duties, technical writing duties, and business analyst duties. I have really enjoyed these and would really like to have a job that has less of the answering phones/stapling and a little more of the thinking and analysing and writing. I am also confident that I can do these roles and that I might even somewhat enjoy it.
I'm not exactly sure what job titles I should say I'm looking for. Obvious ones are "business analyst" and "technical writer", but it seems to be quite difficult to get these jobs if all one's previous titles have been "executive assistant" and "secretary". I am more than willing to use my current experience and get a "compromise" job: I will answer some phones and do filing and mindless data entry and copying, but I would also like to have the opportunity to think and manage my own time somewhat. Bonus points if this job doesn't have the title of "Secretary" or the like.
Many of my previous temp employers have offered to hire me full time for roles above that which I was brought in for, but I've unfortunately never been in the position to take a full time position before. Of course, now that I'm in a permanent place for a bit, I'm continuing to take these temp roles with the hope that I might run into a company wanting to hire me, but I don't want to rely on that solely.
Mostly, I want to be able to speak the lingo and signal to potential employers and especially recruitment agencies what type of work I'm eventually after. I don't have one specific career path in mind and have no special qualifications (other than a BA in English and a minor in math and three years of office drudge experience).
What job titles or code words can I use to say that I don't mind admin work, just want to have more responsibility and a different title?