How to Ask Your Boss for a Title Change

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Maybe you've been working in a position for a while and your responsibilities have changed, or you might want to assume new responsibilities. This might cause you to desire a change in title as well. A title change can more accurately describe what you do, and it might look better on your resume when you look for future jobs. You can take steps to present your request to your boss in a way that will give you the best chance of getting the title you want.

  • Jot down some notes for yourself on why you desire a title change and what this change would entail. Would it equal a promotion and pay raise, or would it simply be a change in the name of your position? Why do you think you deserve a title change?

  • Type a professional, concise document for your supervisor. Make sure you include your name, current position, the title you desire, and a bulleted list of reasons why you feel you deserve the new title. Finish with a brief statement about how a title change could benefit the organization for which you work.

  • Arrange an appointment to speak with your boss in person if possible.

  • Meet with your boss, and tell him what you want and why. Try to condense it to something you can describe in two or three minutes. Give your boss the document, and ask her to consider your request along with the written details of the request. This method allows you to have a persuasive interaction with your boss that doesn't consume too much of his time or put him on the spot.

  • Follow up if necessary. It's best to let your supervisor get back with you. However, if a week or two passes and you haven't heard a word, you might want to ask if she's made a decision yet. If your organization is small and personal, you might be able to ask in person. If not, send a short letter.

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