This explains A LOT. I LOVE being a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ because I want to be constantly challenged. Working on an assembly line would drive me insane. Plus, I figured that companies would love to hire someone like me because it would mean hiring ONE person and not two, three or more people. They would save money. Apparently I was dead wrong. Here’s an interesting article about this subject.
As a career coach, I get a lot of emails that go something like this:
I lost my job after working for more than ____ years at the same company. In that time, I had a variety of responsibilities. I worked in a half-dozen departments. As the company changed, I would take on new projects as needed. I was a “Jack-of-all-trades.”
I thought when I lost my job I’d find it easy to get a new one because of all I have done. I’ve got so many skills and abilities, my resume is three pages long. And yet, I can’t seem to get an interview. As I research positions on job boards, I find myself saying, “I can do that!” But, having applied to over 40 jobs, I’ve yet to get a single interview.
What am I doing wrong?
The answer is simple: When you try to look like a match for everything, you match nothing.
A Job Opening = Specific Problem To Solve
When a company has an open position, what they really have is a particular problem that needs to be solved. The person choose to hire will be the one that can solve the problem the best and is priced right. When you are marketing dozens of things about yourself, a/k/a being a Jack-of-all-trades, you overwhelm hiring managers. In fact, you distract them to the point they are unable to see you as a match. Not only do you appear overqualified, but they may also assume you are overpriced as well…resulting in your resume going in the “no” pile. [read via LinkedIn]