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What job title or occupation do you claim?

 9:09 pm on Dec 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

In the past, we've discussed the various challenges of answering the "What do you do?" questions by friends, co-workers, family, etc.

But what about forms and applications such as loan applications, health insurance applications, etc. where your job title or occupation is asked for and is an important part of the process? What do you list as your occupation/employment?




 9:33 pm on Dec 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

I just write "Self Employed" and if I have to choose a industry its "IT" or something like that


 9:40 pm on Dec 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

Web Developer seems good to me.


 9:43 pm on Dec 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

I usually put "Business Owner" if it's generic (health/insurance forms, etc.).

If it's more business or credit , I'll probably use "President" or "President/Founder."

Oh, but if it's some contact or warranty form, I'll put "Programmer" in the hope that they won't think I'm high up enough on the food chain to bother trying to solicit to me. :)

[edited by: LifeinAsia at 9:45 pm (utc) on Dec. 20, 2007]


 10:12 pm on Dec 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

I prefer either "retired", "farmer" or "student" depending on which gets me a better deal. The only place I reference my web development, or the very occasional programming contract, is when I file my taxes.

I haven't borrowed any money (not even credit cards) in 8 years, and I hope to keep it that way.


 11:24 pm on Dec 20, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm pretty much with LifeinAsia and BigDave, whatever is more apropo at the time. Afterall if they call your busiiness line to confirm (they rarely do, except to confirm you're employed) who is going to tell them any different? Be kind to yourself. Promote yourself to Emperor. Most often for me it is CEO since I've owned the company for over 15 years although it has evovled and incorporated for taxes, etc. Other times it's senior or chief programmer (if I don't want to look like a suit weenie), since our original product was and to some extent still is custom software. Most casual people who ask, (barbers, bankers, cute chicks at the bar) really don't grasp the jobs we do based on the titles we use in here for ourselves anyway, like webmaster, website developer or SEO. My friends just all know me as semi-retired (at 45)entrepreneur.


 12:02 am on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Web Publisher or Webmaster, depending on who asks.


 3:41 am on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

I usually say "writer," "editor," or "Web publisher," depending on the context, but outsiders may have a different perspective: Not long ago, somebody referred to me as the "CEO of [mysite.com]." It sounded pretty good, though it'll be a while until I can convince my wife that I deserve a chauffeured limo and a corporate jet. :-)


 3:52 am on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

I am an IT Technician 3 at the present time. It's what I make a living at but it's not all that I know how to do or be.


 11:05 am on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Scientific journalist writing for my own online magazines


 1:39 pm on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Supreme Overlord Master-and-Commander.

Seriously though, 'Web Developer' seems to cover most jobs that I'd do on a daily basis. Although, as mentioned, that can be adjusted according to the situation.


 2:11 pm on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

CEO/Founder of a publishing company.

(I publish websites!)


 2:58 pm on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Web publisher is about it for formal settings.

The rest of the time I just say I own and publish a website.


 4:07 pm on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

Supreme Overlord Master-and-Commander.

HAHA, yea I was thinking "King of the World," or "Master of the Universe." But, I don't know if God would like that so I better not use that title...


 4:22 pm on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

my husband just refers to me as "The Boss" ;)


 5:00 pm on Dec 21, 2007 (gmt 0)

I just use "Publisher" or "President" depending on where the form comes from. Mostly, Publisher, these days.


 5:02 am on Dec 22, 2007 (gmt 0)

Retired IRS Tax consultant and Teacher.


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