We find out from a “happyologist” about how unconventional job titles affect HR careers and why you should never include any non-standard title on a resume
Chief Experience Officer, Chief People Officer, Chief Culture Officer, even Director of Fun: as the role of the HR professional has shifted towards more intangible elements of companies, so have common HR job titles.
But is it just a cringe-worthy trend we can sit out, or will unconventional job titles soon be the norm? We spoke to one HR professional who began her career as an HR associate and is now officially known at her company as Leader of Firm Culture and Associate Satisfaction. Lee Battaglia works for healthcare IT firm Pivot Point Consulting, and also carries the alternative title ‘Happyologist’, since she is in charge of implementing a culture program of the same name at the company.
“A lot of times such a title can come off as cliché,” she said, although Battaglia doesn’t hesitate to embrace her own unusual HR titles. “(Happyologist) is a unique title, but it does encompass what the goal is…happiness fuels success.”