I noticed this question has been put on hold. I normally wouldn't look twice and trust the 'hive mind' SE operates on but this time it struck me as a bit odd.
To quote the relevant parts:
My previous job title was 'Senior development engineer' [...] Compared to a programmer in a large corporate, software house I am probably equivalent to a mid level programmer [...] [Recruiters] associate this word with being in charge of a team of software developers.
and goes on
Do you think it would be wise to change my title to something like 'Software Engineer' to remove the confusion?
The question has been put on hold as primarily opinion-based. So far so good, but let's take a look at the answers:
I think you are under valuating yourself. [...] Just make it clear at interviews that you were senior more with a bias towards project design and direction rather than people organization and I'm sure you'll be fine.
Tell the truth, use your actual title. The value and meanings of titles are company specific. [...] If you are working with a recruiter and are afraid that he will be looking for the wrong jobs for you, then have a discussion with him
Always put in your exact title, it is something easily checked in a reference chek and can look bad if you changed it. [...] Discuss with the recruiters that you are looking for mid-level positions not senior ones, [...] I am more comncerened with acual accomplishments than titles when I hire.
and my own:
I don't think you need to. Senior sounds nice. [...] You are not responsible for what a recruiter assumes your previous role entailed, only for what you say it did.
All the answers say the same thing, each for different reasons. Of course there's good subjective and bad subjective but this site makes it a point to include bits of personal experience - which (arguably) might make it a bit more subjective than others.
My question is this: If an otherwise well-formed question gets closed as opinion-based, but attracts answers of the same opinion (which suggests consensus therefore not individual opinion), should the question be re-opened?
For the reasons above I'd like to see the question re-opened, but I'd also like some discussion on the matter.