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By backr ·
I am the entire IT department at the place that I work. On some days, I am the CIO; on others, the help desk. I administer the databases, the accounting software,email, and the network.

Realistically,I am one of those jack of all trades and master of none kinda guys. This suits our company well, until the time comes where we get a lot bigger or I get run over by a bus.

My only beef is that I have a stupid title. I have been hinting around that I want a better one, but I am really at a loss as to what to suggest. Any suggestions??


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"The Great and All Powerfull OZ" that's a title

by Why Me Worry? In reply to "The Computer Guy"

Oh, pay no attention to the man behind the tinted glass in the server room....LMAO

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Titles - I hear you !!

by tjhoffy In reply to Titles

Same goes with me - Helpdesk, Desktop Support, Database - Network - Software administrator, AS400 administrator and Lotus Notes mail administrator & developer. Recently my title was established as Computer Engineer and being the jack of all trades with my company , more work is being brought to the MIS/IT Department and there is no sign of hiring contractors or permanent personnel !!

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Beware of jobs seeking "Jack of all trades"'s a trap

by Why Me Worry? In reply to Titles - I hear you !!

Just today, I get an unsolicited email from another IT recruiter that somehow came across my resume posted 2 years ago online. Anyhow, some hedge fund company is seeking a "Jack of all trades" to be responsible for servers, Windows, AD, Exchange, SQL, SMS, and on top of all that, Cisco routers. They want an MCSE, MCDBA, CCNA candidate all rolled into one. As I expected, the pay they are offering sucks and they are don't want H1-B visa candidates. You'd think that such cheap bastards as them would be looking for H1-Bs', because no American I know with all these skills would work for anything less a six figure salary in the high $150K range, especially in NYC. They'll be lucky if they do find a candidate, and if they do indeed, that person will be burned out, overworked, and underpaid out of stupidity for taking such a job. Nobody can do it all, because one has to specialize in something and stick with it. If one tries to be an expert in everything, that person will end up not being an expert in anything.

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Computer Operations Coordinator

by swilk In reply to Titles

I'm in a similar boat, except I have a part-time assistant to help me out. My title is Computer Operations Coordinator. My assistant's title is Computer Operations Specialist. "technician" would probably be better than "specialist" for the assistant, but whatever... I think that "Computer Operations Coordinator" accurately sums up my job responsibilities.

Good luck getting your title changed and I hope it garnishes you the additional respect you are hoping for!

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by thebluejay In reply to Computer Operations Coord ...

I like Information Technology Controller

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Some titles to choose

by vfarelli In reply to Titles

God - Good luck with that one.

Regional IT Director
Systems Administration Officer or Manager
IT Manager
CIS Officer/Manager/Admin your choice

Best of luck with picking a title.


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Sad but true as well

by Will.Conner In reply to Some titles to choose

I am also in the same position as many of you. The lone solo "IT guy" in the entire company. What I don't understand is how the owners of these businesses can put so much responsiblity onto one person and just hope nothing goes wrong.

We're all human and any one of us could kick over tomorrow then they would be up the river.

Personally I use Director of Information Technology since I feel like a traffic cop many of my days. I try to keep IT going in the right direction as much as possible. And all the responsibilities are the same. E-mail, databases, telephones, servers, backups, etc. Never seems to be enough of me to go around.

Good luck with getting your title changed.

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Go with...

by NOW LEFT TR In reply to Titles

IT Systems Manager

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a rose

by rockinrick In reply to Go with...

what is in a name a rose by any other name would smell as sweet....

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What's in a name?

by rpost In reply to Titles

And I thought I was the only IT department of one. This company (a non-profit) isn't big on titles and, besides, none of us do a single job. I manage all IT functions, assist in Quality Assurance and monitor inventory. Plus virtually anything that runs on electricity (phone system, cell phones, security cameras, etc.). In the past, I have been "Corporate Operations Manager," "IT Manager," "IT Director," and a "Systems Administrator" to name a few. Here, they asked what title I wanted and since I have a recently minted MBA, I thought CIO had a nice ring to it. Seriously, most times I am the "IT Guy" or "our computer guy" and that suits me just fine.

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