Are you looking for a job? If you have started to translate your resume, you have probably encountered the following question: how can I translate my job title?
Confusion surrounds job titles for anyone who has ever looked for a job: are you a manager? A supervisor? An associate? A coordinator?
Are you lost in translation?
It is one of the central issues of finding a job: to write your resume and talk about your experience. Keep in mind; recruiters spend a short time reading your resume and focus on job title, company, previous positions, accomplishments, and education. They want to know about your work experience and how it fits with their needs. Job title refers to the responsibilities of a job and the level of the position, and it is a cultural thing: a “project manager” in France does not do the same role in Canada!
Remember that you want to make it easy for your next boss to recruit you! In the end, they have to understand your professional journey, as they are used to dealing with Canadians. Swallow your pride, and let go of the idea that a job title is the only thing that matters. Sometimes jobs with titles that don’t seem to match what you’re looking for could, in fact, be the job of your dreams! Pay closer attention to the job description to get a good idea of what the employer expects of you.
There are a few steps to get there. One thing you have to understand is that there is no magic formula. It’s a cross-reference game that consists of trying and then verifying!
Note: If there are various possible translations but nothing that corresponds directly, you can choose a common term or a general position that fits your level of responsibility. Describe your position in your resume, train your pitch: your job title has to match your skills. If it does not, the employer could have diverging expectations. Sometimes, some of the nuances might be lost. No worries, you will be able to explain the subtleties during the interview.
BC Talents organizes events – CONNECTWorking - to help you to find a qualified job in BC and offers the opportunity for newcomers to participate in Face-to-Face meetings. You will have the possibility to ask questions about how to find a job, and how you can translate job titles.