Long Live the Meter Reader

CareerCast worst jobsAccording to research by CareerCast, the job board provider, on its list of the 10 most endangered jobs, reporter ranks fourth; underwriter is at least nineth. But nothing is more endangered than postal worker, due entirely to what you are doing right now, checking the Internet.

Or Change the Title?

If you have a friend with a job on this list, do the kind thing and suggest they change the title. Heck, it’s working for HR. Back in the day, the title was Personnel Director or, in a union shop, Director of Industrial Relations. (Some of them are still around.)

But those are so uncool titles. Too pedestrian. So then they became Human Resources, and the top dog in the department was a VP or, if the company is big enough, Chief Human Resources Officer, or CHRO, pronounced like the tasty treat.

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From sourcer Karen Azulai now comes news that HR titles are evolving still further. Among the more esoteric titles she’s come across are these: Head of Talent and Happiness, The Happiness Inspirer, Chief of Happiness, and Director of First Impressions.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.


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