FAQ: Capital letters on job titles

Q: Should all job titles be capitalised? What is the industry norm?

A: I love this question! As a rule, job titles are not capitalised when they come after the person’s name. Like this: ‘John Smith was appointed director of the Industrial Business Unit in 2001. Prior to this, he was general manager of a mine in Tanzania.’ The simple reason is that when it’s expressed before the name – General Manager John Smith – it’s a title and should take Title Case. But when it comes after, it’s merely a job description. So no Title Case.