Finding content in your job title

Ulf Zimmermann ulf at
Wed Mar 31 01:10:12 CDT 2010

On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 11:14:52PM -0400, Steve Bertrand wrote:
> Hi all,
> This is perhaps a rather silly question, but one that I'd like to have
> answered.
> I'm young in the game, and over the years I've imagined numerous job
> titles that should go on my business card. They went from cool, to
> high-priority, to plain unimaginable.
> Now, after 10 years, I reflect back on what I've done, and what I do
> now. To me, if a business is loose-knit with no clear job descriptions
> or titles (ie. too small to have CXO etc), I feel that a business card
> should reflect what one feels is the primary job responsibility, or what
> they do the most (or love the most).
> For instance, I like to present myself as a 'network engineer'. I have
> never taken formal education, don't hold any certifications (well, since
> 2001), and can't necessarily prove my worth.
> How does the ops community feel about using this designation? Is it
> intrusive or offensive to those who hold real engineering degrees? I'm
> content with 'network manager', given that I still do perform (in my
> sleep) numerous system tasks and have to sometimes deal with front-line
> helpdesk stuff.
> Instead of acting like I'm trying to sell myself out, I'll leave out
> what I actually do and ask those who sig themselves with 'network
> engineer' what they do day-to-day to acquire that title, and if they
> feel comfortable with having it.
> Steve

I solve that problem this way:

1 set of Business cards with "Senior System Architect", an arbitary title
the company gave me at some point

1 set of Business cards with "Senior Monkey for almost everything" 

Regards, Ulf.

Ulf Zimmermann, 1525 Pacific Ave., Alameda, CA-94501, #: 510-865-0204
You can find my resume at:

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