Monday, July 27, 2009

Unemployed Specialist/Employed Generalist

When the economy booms, so does the concept of specialization. The more specialized your position, the more job security.

But when the economy slumps, what happens if we don't need 11 bio-chemical environmental engineers? What if we only need three of them and a few generalist environmental engineers?

Well, if you've shown you only do the specialized stuff, then your job is at risk. You want to make it as easy as possible for your company to find work for you.

n a booming economy, it's easier, more fun and maybe more satisfying to be the specialist. But when it comes time to decide who stays and who goes, the generalist fits more often then not in this economy.

Barry LaBov
LaBov & Beyond

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