I just returned to NYC from spending the past several months in Ghana as the Chief Marketing Officer of a solar firm, and in that time I have done everything from branding to mockups to copywriting to management to running ad campaigns - and as I return to the city after having left it being a simple graphic designer, I wanted to ask Designer News: what do I call myself now? Am I just an ad-man? Do I stick to referring myself as a Graphic Designer, or maybe something a bit more flashy like Creative Strategist or what, precisely? I was CMO for two years, (just turned 24, not sure if age plays into things) yet due to understaffing I was in charge of a lot of jobs that would typically fall under that sort of position. I'd like to get back in the swing of things, and I'd hate to cast a net that's too broad for my capabilities.
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I think a title will never define the complete "spectrum of design skills" you acquired in the past. And it's your portfolio, resume and the insight you give people what defines if you will be suitable for X position.
Perhaps "Creative Marketing Lead" or something along those lines. As the others said, its really going to be what is on your resume. Just make sure you outline the kind of work you want to do.
What kind of work do you want to do?
Personally, I'd like to stick to something on the creative side of things, with a focus on graphic design. Preferably in the advertising or maybe even games industry - labelling myself as a straight graphic designer over the years has led to a lot of grunt work that doesn't really lead to any future opportunities to grow.
Here is my resume: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6736134/JeffKunzler_Resume.pdf if that helps, by any chance.