Do You Capitalize Job Titles - Your Answer Here
Do you capitalize job titles? What’s the proper way to capitalize a job title? These can be tough questions when you want to post a job online or if you want to list prior work experience in your resume.
We’re going to cover proper capitalization of these titles in this writeup and more.
Here’s what we’re going to educate you on:
- Proper capitalization of the job title.
- Where you might see the job title listed and how capitalization might change.
- Jobs where capitalization might be effected.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Before We Start
There are a few job titles that are incorporated into the professional's name. These can be titles as well as abbreviations. For example, “Dr. John Smith” indicates that Mr. Smith is a physician or holds a doctorate.
President Bush, for example, indicates that the person is a President of the United States. Though, this example is going to be less widely used, of course.
When you hold a Ph.D., you might indicate that in your name as well. For example, “Dr. John Smith, Ph.D.”
While these are less widely used, these are usually different than a job title. And while your job title is being indirectly communicated through your naming cloture, you should be aware of how this might change your capitalization.
Job Title Capitalization
The basic rule of thumb is to capitalize each first letter of the job title. While this is not technically how you would write this according to Webster’s Dictionary, it is more widely known. And would be considered AP Style grammar.
For example, listing, “Sales Associate” with both the “S” in Sales and the “A” in Associate capitalized. That is the correct way to capitalize the job title or business title.
What If You Are Writing a Sentence
If you’re writing a sentence, for example, using the job title as part of a description of some kind. Do you capitalize the job title there? Yes, you should.
For example, saying, “I was a previous sales associate at Nordstrom.” would look slightly odd. Instead you want to say, “I was a previous Sales Associate at Nordstrom.”
It refers to the proper job title and ensures that the job title is referred to as an entity versus a reference.
What About “of” in a Job Title
If your job title contains the word “of” or “and” within the job title, should that be capitalized? No. According to AP style, this would be kept lowercase.
For example, if the job position is “Director of Operations”, it looks more formal and proper to make the “of” lowercase. Here is how it would look with the “of” capitalized: Director Of Operations
It looks improper. And doesn’t read well.
Where Will You See Job Titles
If you are posting a job online and using the job title as part of the job description, you should absolutely capitalize the job title as described above.
You would use the format for both the title of the job description as well as when you reference the job title within the job description itself.
If you are posting this job title as your LinkedIn profile or maybe it is part of your previous work experience within a resume, you should also capitalize the job title as explained above.
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