11 Quirky Job Titles For The Instagram Generation – Forbes

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Helen Mirren arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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As Helen Mirren once more conquered the red carpet at this year’s Oscars, it’s almost impossible to guess that one of the actor’s first jobs was to persuade people to take rides in an amusement park in Southend-on-Sea (Atlantic City with fewer casinos).

The “blagger”, as her job was known, sounds like it could have come straight out of a 1960s Michael Caine movie with its evocation of cockney charm overlaid with a dusting of gritty realism, to describe getting what you want by using clever words.

But today, to attract the best applicants, job titles have been modernised and refashioned.

They now need to be as sharable on Instagram as your holiday photos from Ibiza and as evocative of the latest hit on Amazon Prime, according to Glassdoor’s annual snapshot of the quirkiest job titles on its website.

What’s the cause?

Inevitably, the arrival and adoption of new technologies, such as AI and big data, mean that roles are being created that have never existed before. Many of the new tech jobs are in corporates desperate to attract people working in startups.

Other jobs are low paid but in today’s competitive retail or hospitality sector, future employees are required to be no less creative and imaginative than peers earning vast sums.

So job titles need to reflect applicants’ aspirations and identities.

“Historically, job titles have been far more uniform across industries with standard titles used for every business. Now we’re in a time of employers having to throw everything they’ve got at recruitment marketing,” says John Lamphiere.

“Choosing a unique and exciting job title for what could be perceived as a fairly standard role, could attract the ‘rock star’ you’re looking for,” adds the VP and MD, EMEA, Glassdoor.

So, if Mirren were to think of reviving her career as a fairground blagger, she could look no further than a job at Alton Towers. There she would be referred to as a Scarefest Performer, dressed to look like an extra in The Walking Dead and asked to use her acting skills to scare the living daylights out of the day trippers.

How many likes would she get for posting that one?

And as it is for Mirren so it is for President Obama whose skill and experience in a Honolulu branch of Baskin Robbins as a student might help him to become an Ice Cream Magician in Ripple & Roll in Bristol for £8 per hour. If the former president is lucky, he will have to create rolled ice cream from scratch in a rapid freezing process while also entertaining the customers.

Or Lyndsey Scott.

She finds time between modelling for Gucci and Victoria’s Secret to be a software programmer for apps. But if she had wanted to go full time, there’s a job going in Oxford for a Python Engineer, Python being one of the languages of programming in which Scott codes.

Here are a few more.

Chief Storyteller: A content creator, first and foremost, but with an “extensive film reel” mind to capture and present that imagination. Responsibilities include – telling jokes, sharing memes and, of course, “looking after the office dog”.

Vehicle Product Genius: A car salesperson working at a family-run franchise dealership in Knutsford.

 O2 Guru: Retail – and phone shops are no exception – will only survive the onslaught of the internet by offering something the web cannot do. If that is expert advice, then why not label it as such?

O2 Guru: emphasising expertise to win the battle for retail.

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Pit Boss: Manager of the entire gaming floor operation in a casino and appears frequently in James Bond movies.

Render Wrangler: Overseer of a render farm – a high-performance computer system built to render computer-generated imagery for film and TV special effects. Also known as a data operator transferring support data in and out of the studios.

Learning Architect: Designer of an innovative experience within the workplace for employees which takes full advantage of the latest technological advances and theories of learning, coaching and teaching.

Tableau Developer: Nothing to do with French tables but a specialist role overseeing key data platforms for software producing interactive data visualisation.

Developer Evangelist: Inspire and equip software developers to build communities through engagement such as meetups, boot camps, hackathons and training by going to the programming language-centric and geographic communities where they gather.

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