The Right Shape for Today’s Job Market

Posted on January 28th, 2013

Necessary skills in today's job marketEveryone loves being around people who are generalist. They know a little bit about a lot of things and can easily converse about many subjects. Although it is socially appealing, it’s not the trend in today’s job market.

Employers are looking for “T-shaped” people. This phrase was coined years ago but only recently has taken the lead in the job market. Employers are looking for candidates who have one area of deep expertise and broad skills on top of that experience. Hence, T-shaped.

An example might be an engineer who goes back to school to receive an MBA. That deep engineering knowledge is topped off with a business background which will help with understanding and communicating more effectively about the “business” side of his or her industry.

The T-shape provides the ability to collaborate with those whose expertise differs from yours. Collaboration is key.

So what shape does your background represent?

About the author:  Karen Frey is VP and Managing Director of Career Transition Services at Resnik Partners

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