Do you think we’re too focused on being specialized?

There are a lot more good employees than good jobs. The growth of job boards, online resume submissions, and networking sites like Linkedin have created a situation where resumes are everywhere. It’s easier than ever to sit with your laptop and fire off 100 resumes to potential employers all over the world. This causes huge problems for employers, who then create really specific job descriptions for their postings so applicants can be filtered out or discouraged from applying. The rise of contracting services and temporary employment also feeds the ultra-specialization movement. Employers can bring in specialists for certain tasks, and expect them to “hit the ground running” (if you’ve looked for a job lately, I’m sure you’ve seen that phrase a few times). When that task is done, they can look for another specialist to fill some other role. There’s no time or need to train anyone to do a[read more]

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