Job Titles: Don't Assume They Describe the Position You Envision

Job titles may or may not tell you about the actual job duties. Your idea of what a "manager," "camp host," or "caretaker," is may not be the same as the person's who placed the Help Wanted ad.

Job Titles Aren't Job Descriptions 

Traditionally, "manager" has meant the person in control. The manager was the one who made decisions, supervised staff, and had responsibility for seeing that things got done and that the business was on the right track.

Now days, it seems that "manager" is often nothing more than a vanity title. It could be a position asking for a "manager" is really seeking someone to clean bathrooms and cut weeds, and who has no decision making authority.

If you are tired of having the responsibility and headache that comes with being in management, don't let the "manager" job title keep you from applying from for the job. Similarly, if you do want to have some control and authority in your position, don't assume that just because "manager" is listed in the Help Wanted ad that you will actually have any decision making authority.

What is a "camp host" and what are camp host duties? Depends. Some camp hosts provide a presence at the campground. They are they to keep an eye on things. They report problems to the authority in charge. They may chat with campers and offer a smiling face. However, some camp hosts are expected to be janitors and lawn maintenance workers.

"Caretaker" is another one of those job titles that can mean very different things. Bob and I have had a number of property caretaking gigs and  the arrangements varied greatly. With one, we lived elsewhere. Our caretaker duties were to pick up the mail once a week and to check on things when we delivered that mail. We've also done property caretaking where we lived on the premise, and our only "job" was to have our RV parked there and provide a lived in presence.

Some property caretaking positions pay wages. We've had some where we lived on-site and were paid hourly wages for performing certain tasks. If you look at positions advertised in The Caretaker Gazette, you'll see they include estate managers and other employment that pays an annual six-figure salary.

The time to ask about the specific job duties and how much time allowed for doing them is before you accept the job. To avoid confusion later on, get it in writing. Don't rely on the job titles to tell you what the job entails or what the compensation entails.

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