More and more often I see a lot of discrepancies between the real passion of a person in a company and the one that they share on LinkedIn, different events and meetings or on mail signature.
Before going deeper let’s see some example:
Current position | “Dream (fake) position”
Junior Developer | Software Consultant
Junior Developer | Solution Provider
Software Developer | Team Lead
Software Developer | Software Architect
Senior Developer | Technical Lead
Senior Developer | Project Manager
This are only a small part of the fake positions that I discover in the last 2-3 months. The list could continue, but you got the idea.
From my perspective, lying in your business card is a pretty big problem, which shows to me how reliable and honest is that person. For this kind of persons, the position is the most important thing for them and usually this dream is destroyed when you start to talk with them and you realize that they don’t have the knowledge and seniority level from their “business card”.
It is good to have a dream, but you need to work to reach it.
Why all of this is so important?
Because when a client see in specific position of a person, they expect to get a person at the level, not a ‘fake copy’. For example if you present yourself as a Team Lead and you start to discuss with clients about how you need kick off a project and organize the team, it is pretty clear that the client will be disappointed. He will realize that you are a junior and have the sensation that the company is selling untrained people.
Another example is when a junior say that he is a technical consultant, but without knowledge related to this position. The client end up with the same image: people from that company are not well train, WTF.
As we already saw, the biggest problem will not be on the people themselves. The company image will suffer. And because we live in a small world, you can imagine how fast other companies will know about that. The funny part of this story is that the company itself was no fault. This was made without
their knowledge or agreement.
Is better to have an extremely good junior than a mediocre (moron) senior in the end.