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SQL Contractor #50 – What kind of SQL God (or Goddess) are you?

I recently read an article on SQLCentralServer.com, The Job Posting – Do I really have to be the SQL God? The author was passing on some advices on how to interpret various SQL job postings.

Do you need to be the SQL God/Goddess? You absolutely do, as a SQL consultant/contractor, in order to be a respectable SQL profession and demand a higher rate. But the question is what kind of SQL god/goddess.

The author reviewed a concept that I thought it’s worth mentioning.

For SQL Server, there’s 5 general areas of work: Administration, T-SQL Development, ETL, Reporting, and Architecture.  In most of these cases, you end up blending a few of these areas together, but a solid, 40 hr/week position is going to concentrate on one of these and incorporate a little bit of some of the others.  For example, reporting will need some T-SQL and some ETL.  Architecture requires a basic understanding of the other four.  ETL will probably require a little architecture to build staging structures and some T-SQL to optimize some tasks.

Five general areas of SQL server work, blending a few of these areas together. I will say that I agree with this concept. the longer I am working on the SQL server platform, the more blended it has became. It’s a good thing for me, as a contractor, because it means that I’ve been down many different paths and gained experiences in wide range of areas. It’s also a good thing when it comes to job interview.

However, I always struggle with the question of “what title do I put on my resume”. When I was a full-time employee, I accepted the job title the company gave to me. Although essentially I’ve always been in SQL development, the job titles I received varied so much that people would think they are completely different jobs. Here are some of the job titles I had over the years: Data Analyst, Database Architect, Technical Advisor, Database Analyst, System Developer.   

Now I am on my own, I no longer have a job title (It’s not entirely true. “Contingent worker” is usually attached to my email in the Global Address List.), until it comes to the resume time. What should I put in that blank space underneath my name? It’s been 6 years, and the situation is getting worse. It is panicky time even when I started to think about that blank space. 

Fortunately the companies that hired me as a “Contingent worker” really don’t care about that blank space on my resume.

I’ll take that back. I never left that space blank. Here are some of the words I put in that space:

SQL Developer, Data Analyst, Database Analyst, ETL Developer

Maybe next time, I’ll consider leaving that space blank.

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