When to Make Changes
Candidates may take limited liberties with job titles on resumes in certain situations. For instance, if the previous job had an odd title that revealed very little about the actual level or job duties, the candidate may denote an equivalent standard job title alongside the actual title. For instance, a company might hire a marketing and sales head and give him the title “Chief Breadwinner." Dotcoms have given titles such as “Princess of Persuasion," “Chief Super Mom" and “Cultural Czar" in the past. In such cases, mention the job title as “Head – Sales and Marketing," or whatever is most relevant. List out specific job duties and possibly the salary level to justify the title, and do mention somewhere that the official title was “Chief Breadwinner."
At times, the title may not reflect the candidate’s actual position in the company. For instance, the official designation may be “Senior Human Resources Executive" when the role for all practical purpose might be “Human Resources Manager" or “Head of Human Resources." Similarly, designations such as “Accountant Level 1" might denote General Manager, “Accountant Level 2" might denote Cluster Head and so on. All of these titles make sense internally but may confound outsiders. Similarly, a person who joined as an “Assistant Manager" may have earned a promotion to “Manager," but official confirmation was not made before the candidate quit. Selecting an appropriate title in such cases is a tricky issue, and the candidate would require strong supporting role descriptions, details, and documents to substantiate mentioning a higher job title. If mentioning a higher designation, do mention the actual designation in the description part, and provide an explanation for the discrepancy.
In some cases, the company themselves might provide an inflated title to soothe an employee's ego in a bid to either attract them in the first place or retain them. For instance, the senior-most employee in a four-employee strong corner shop might be a General Manager. In such cases, it makes sense to mask such titles because it gives an impression of over qualification. Rather, provide a title that accurately describes the role. In the example here, an appropriate title might be “Supervisor" or “Team Leader" with a description that mentions “independently handled all aspects of operations."