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Haleth's avatar

What is my job title?

Asked by Haleth (19489points) March 24th, 2012

When I started this job, I was hired as a salesperson at a wine shop. Since then, my responsibilities have expanded to:

-marketing (writing e-mail blasts, making in-store fliers, promoting through social media, writing reviews of beer and wine)
-setting up wine tastings (scheduling distributors, picking wines, sometimes running the tasting myself)
-tasting and evaluating new wines to purchase
-opening and closing the store

It’s a pretty small company. My boss is the owner and he’s pretty involved, so there is no manager. Instead of just asking him what my title is, I’d like to bring a few suggestions to the table. Thanks!

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18 Answers

janbb's avatar

Sounds like an assistant manager to me.

blueknight73's avatar

General clerk

Sunny2's avatar

Ask your boss how he/she refers to your position when he speaks to others about you. Let him/her decide.

Akua's avatar

Assistant Manager or Managing Associate

Ron_C's avatar

Sounds like you are either the manager or chief slave.

blueiiznh's avatar

A title is just a title. What is it you are looking for? A Title change only or title and $$$

If you have not had a formal review that changes your job title, then your job title is still Salesperson.

If you have been asked to take on responsibility, I hope you are getting compensated accordingly. If not, then you need to ask.

If you are assuming this responsibility, then stop assuming responsibility without working something out.

Sounds like they are getting more than what they are paying for. This is ok for short periods as long as a long term agreement is made. Otherwise they are getting the perk in a reduced payroll bottom line at your expense.

dappled_leaves's avatar

It depends on how the owner sees your input. If he feels he could replace you tomorrow by hiring one of the many people whose resumes he collects by the day, then I don’t think you should try to call yourself an “assistant manager”. If the owner feels you are indispensible, then maybe you can call yourself something more than a salesperson.

Most of the retail jobs I’ve had have involved opening and closing the store on a regular basis, and merchandising. That’s pretty standard for a sales clerk.

Haleth's avatar

@blueiiznh I was asked to take on the responsibility. I wouldn’t say no to a raise, but that’s not my first priority here. This job is different from other retail jobs I’ve had because there’s a ton of interaction with other people in the industry. What I want is a concise way to explain exactly what I do when I meet a new person for work. I’m really into wine and I want to build a career in this industry, so in the long term, I’m also thinking about what this job will be on my resume. Saying, “I’m a salesperson but also blah blah blah” isn’t something you can condense into a bullet point.

@dappled_leaves Good point! Thanks for your input.

Coloma's avatar

Wine rep/tasting room manager?

I used to work in a tasting room at a local winery, fun job.
I still remember the fleet, starting with the Kings Red. :-)

blueiiznh's avatar

Wine Consultant

The Wine Spirit
The Wine Seller/Cellar

RareDenver's avatar

Either Marketing or Sales Manager would cover it if you actually plan and execute these tasks/functions

cookieman's avatar

If a raise accompanies these new responsibilities: Marketing and Promotions Manager

If not: Sap

And I say this as someone who was hired to be a Creative Director and ended up adding marketing and promotions to my job description because they were to cheap to hire more people.

Bellatrix's avatar

I think a number of the titles suggested would be fine. I would focus around the marketing angle though. It seems to cover well the additional roles you are engaged in.

I don’t want to say you are being taken for granted. As you say it is a small company. Do you feel valued? Do you feel you are being short-changed?

The experience you are getting is invaluable. You can write all those things on your resume and eventually that experience, rather than the dollars or the title, are likely to take you to a much better job. Feeling valued, having the opportunity to try new things and learn new skills and and loving what you do is so important in a job.

Haleth's avatar

@Bellatrix You got it. The experience (plus liking the work itself) is the main reward here. This is my first job with marketing and wine, and it’s not easy to get jobs in either of those fields without some experience. They took a risk by giving me these things to do, and it could open some doors in the future. I’m learning a lot. It’s a very positive work environment where everyone is hardworking and engaged, and I do feel appreciated. Plus, I’ve made some great professional contacts already.

filmfann's avatar

I want to create a term like Bodegaeer, or Bodegaist. That seems like the direction you should go.

PurpleClouds's avatar

General Manager

Adagio's avatar

@gailcalled Damn, you took the words right out of my mouth, factotum, I agree : ^)

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