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#1 CheerfulEmily


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Posted May 09, 2012 - 01:58 PM


What is the standard for capitalizing a job title, such as executive director or administrative assistant?

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 12:29 PM

It is never necessary to capitalize a job title unless it is part of a person's particular job or name such as Executive Director Bob Johnson or Bob Johnson is the Senior Executive Director at Professor of Barefoot University. Here is an example of when you would not need to capitalize it; the executive director needs your assistance.

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Posted May 10, 2012 - 12:31 PM

If a job title precedes a person’s name, you should capitalize the title. For example, the “P” in Professor Smith should be capitalized. If it is descriptive and not the individual’s actual title, then you would not use capitalization. If the title is after the name, it is not capitalized, and this applies if it is descriptive or the actual title of the individual.

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Posted May 14, 2012 - 05:36 PM

I agree with both above posts. When I apply for jobs, unless I am naming an exact position title or referring to a person's work title, such Doctor So-and-so, I do not capitalize job titles.

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Posted May 17, 2012 - 04:55 PM

There is a difference between a job title and an honorific. Things like "Doctor", "Reverend" and "Mister" that precede a person's name are honorifics, and these are always capitalized. A job title is only capitalized when it is used as a title and not preceded by "a" or "the"; for example, "an executive director" or "the president" is not capitalized, while "John Smith, Executive Director" is. This is only a general English rule, and organizations sometimes have their own exceptions in formal communication.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 08:10 AM

So I am a professional experienced administrative assistant. Administrative assistant would not be capitalized correct?

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