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Milton Hockman
Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 12:34:02 am

For 4 years I have had the titled "VIdeo Editor" at my job.

Well, my boss wants to change my title because I do a whole lot more than edit videos. And asked me to come up with some ideas. Was wondering if you all could offer suggestions.

I was thinking "Creative Director." Does this fall into such a role or would something better be suited that would help me in the long term as I change employers too.

Here's what I do:

-Direct and edit a weekly news show that includes over the shoulder graphics
-Created the open, lower thirds, etc. look and feel for the news show
-Also edit, direct, and create graphics for other periodic videos we send out to members through email alerts
-Create all motion graphics for corporate videos
-Define the look and feel for all video graphics coming out of our department
-Work directly with clients to execute their visions visually (after the videotaping and script have been written by other people)
-create graphics for conference slideshows
-create conference show opens - define look and feel and do all the work
-scan through tapes to find video clips that will work best for promotional videos
-research new ways to do things and software - dvds, compression, website design, etc.


what do you all think would be a good title for me?

Owner
Plus More Media Group
Website Design - VA, Corporate Web Site Design - PlusMoreMedia.com
Marketing designs and videos that do more for your business!


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Steve Kownacki
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 12:35:18 pm

Hmmmm.... if the boss is asking it should probably come with a raise too.


Your site looks corporate-focused but creative, do you need to play to that? How much interaction to you do directly with clients that a title would matter? I met a guy in Colorada at some live events that just seemed to know it all and was the go-to guy for everything. His card said "Important Guy". It fit. For many years I was Creative Guy, that got attention and was memorable and had value.



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Milton Hockman
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 3:22:09 pm

i think its more of i do more than just editing and to justify a pay increase they'd have to change my title. so what would I want it to be and what would help me later down the line when looking for new jobs. whats a better title to have to put on a resume as opposed to just "video editor"

i am that guy at work who knows it all and can do anything they need regarding design, videos, compression, websites, email, etc.

Owner
Plus More Media Group
Website Design - VA, Corporate Web Site Design - PlusMoreMedia.com
Marketing designs and videos that do more for your business!


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Steve Kownacki
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 3:32:17 pm

If you can have fun with it I've always liked Renaissance Man. If you need the biggie go for Director of Video Media. Titles really mean jack, have the skills and the reel (file?) and you're good to go.


Steve



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Matt Sepeta
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 4:16:57 pm

That is pretty much what I do for my company. I do not really have a "Title" per say, but my boss always introduces me as our "Resident Videologist", "Doctor of Videology", etc... Always gets a good laugh from everyone.

Good Day


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Mark Suszko
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 4:45:56 pm

Creative Director generally is tied to the idea of an advertising guy that finds and assigns artists to projects he or she thinks of and then oversees, so I'm not sure that's a relly accurate fit, although in general that job title can command a higher salary than video editor in some circles.

What about "Creative Media Specialist" or "Creative Media Supervisor". Always nice to have "Supervisor" in the title, even if you're not actually supervising anyone else but yourself.


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Scott Carnegie
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 2:57:49 pm

Media Specialist
Content Creator

I don't think "Creative Director" fits here, they aren't usually the ones doing the grunt work.

http://www.MediaCircus.TV
Media Production Services
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


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Richard Herd
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 6:00:07 pm

Do you do any writing?


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Milton Hockman
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 7:02:03 pm

nope. just graphics, editing, web design, all complete creative control.

im usually just given a script (and VO) or videoclips and said make something happen.

Owner
Plus More Media Group
Website Design - VA, Corporate Web Site Design - PlusMoreMedia.com
Marketing designs and videos that do more for your business!


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Mark Suszko
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 7:05:38 pm

That used to be hell, but now I really love the creative freedom of clients that just dump some stuff and leave me to figure it out.


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Richard Herd
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 9:27:35 pm

Without a writing component, it's difficult to call yourself a CD, so I side with Media Specialist. But also have you considered "Motion Graphic Artist"?


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Jeff Bonano
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 9:01:40 pm

If you happen to have more knowledge in your field than anyone else in your area or department, you could try adding "consultant" to your title. consultants make more money right off the bat, especially if you are the company's Creative Media Consultant...Or what about Creative Liaison Officer? Ah, Chief Media Creator!

All this talk makes me want to change my title from just plane "Owner" to Creative Media President or something like that! That's right, I'm the C.M.P. of my own company! Oh Yeah!

Jeff Bonano
http://www.bonanoproductions.com

"I want to have a cool quote at the bottom of my signature, just like everyone else on the cow forum!" -Jeff Bonano


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Mark Suszko
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 9:37:48 pm

He could go by "the Dude, "El Duderino", or just "Dude", if you're into the whole brevity thing...


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Simon Stutts
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 10:44:59 pm

[Mark Suszko] "He could go by "the Dude, "El Duderino", or just "Dude", if you're into the whole brevity thing..."

As long as he doesn't roll on Shabbas...


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Mike Cohen
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 9:48:18 pm

We are in the process of writing new job descriptions. Looks like I will now be called "Director, Multimedia Services" though I am sometimes called "Miracle Worker" or "That Video Guy with the Glasses."

If you are into customer service, you can call yourself "Manager, Customer Happiness."

Mike Cohen


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Nick Griffin
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 10:29:47 pm

[Mike Cohen] "If you are into customer service, you can call yourself "Manager, Customer Happiness.""

That, Mr. Cohen, is brilliant. I shot this fall in a company where great customer service was their mantra and the receptionists had name plates which said:
(Name)
Manager of First Impressions



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Bill Davis
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 24, 2009 at 11:09:30 pm

For what it's worth...

In most strict corporate structures, the tier above the line workers is generally "Manager of..." The tier above that is "Director of..." and from there you ascend to Vice President of - followed by Senior Vice President of - followed by Pres and CEO.

So if your organization is smallish and loose, I'd push for Director of Video Services. The creative types will resonate with the "director" title. And if or when you move on, if it's toward a larger organization, they'll have a more difficult psycological time reducing your status from Director to Manager.

All of this largely depends on what you think will make you happy as a path through your career. Do you want to be a bigger fish in a smaller pond? Or do you seek the bigger pond.

Only you can answer that.

Good luck.



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Gav Bott
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 25, 2009 at 12:53:56 am

King of Post........

Get a crown in corp colours, and enforce bowing.

The Brit in Brisbane
The Pomme in Production - Brisbane Australia.


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Steve Wargo
Well...
on Nov 25, 2009 at 8:30:47 am

My business card says "Steve Wargo, D.E."

The DE stands for "Does Everything" and while everybody laughs, I just stare at them till they stop laughing and hire me to do something - anything.

Steve Wargo
Tempe, Arizona
It's a dry heat!

Sony HDCAM F-900 & HDW-2000/1 deck
5 Final Cut (not quite PRO) systems
Sony HVR-M25 HDV deck
2-Sony EX-1 HD .

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Trent Whittington
Re: Well...
on Nov 26, 2009 at 2:34:30 am

Very interesting.

I've always liked 'Multimedia Evangelist' though it is somewhat Arrogant and Philosophical

Trent Whittington - Currently studying Associate Degree in Digital Television

http://www.trentwhittington.com


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grinner hester
Re: Help me with a Job Title Change
on Nov 27, 2009 at 3:46:33 pm

go with El Duderino.



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