The 10 strangest job titles on LinkedIn

2 May 2012

While peculiar job titles such as ‘Digital Overlord’ and ‘Dream Alchemist’ will most certainly make your professional profile more memorable, it may be a step too far for potential employers.

It can often be hard to pin down what you do in a short job title, so many members of LinkedIn have decided to label themselves a little more creatively. UK-based recruitment consultancy IntaPeople have scoured thousands of online profiles looking for the most bizarre job titles, and here’s the top 10:

  1. Digital Overlord
  2. Creator of Happiness
  3. Retail Jedi
  4. Wizard of Light Bulb Moments
  5. Dream Alchemist
  6. Chief Chatter
  7. Change Magician
  8. Accounting Ninja
  9. Chief Biscuit Dunker
  10. Direct Mail Demi-God

“We are seeing more and more of these kind of job titles cropping up on online profiles, CVs and business cards,” says Stephen Riley, director at IntaPeople. “Many feel that casting away conventional titles will help them broadcast their individuality and give them a real edge over their competitors.”

Unorthodox job titles are most common in professional online profiles, such as those on LinkedIn, and it all seems to stem from the relaxed nature of social media and the need to stand out as an individual among thousands of entries.

“It is a trend that is almost certainly linked with the explosion of social media,” Riley adds. “Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have shown that there is real value in bringing more personality to business, and creative job titles offer individuals another way of doing this.”

But is deeming yourself a demi-god or overlord really the best way to impress employers? “It can be a risky tactic,” Riley warns. “Companies are increasingly using sites like LinkedIn to research prospective employees and suppliers. If it seems like you are not taking your job seriously enough, you could well miss out on some great business opportunities.”

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke was editor of Silicon Republic until 2023, and is now the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. Elaine joined Silicon Republic in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs. She later served as managing editor before stepping up as editor in 2019. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly pernickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen.

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