Being a generalist, much like being an improv actor, is all about the “Yes, and…”
You may have recognized that typical “specialist” jobs don’t fit your experience and the “generalist” side of the Generalist Spectrum is more your professional style. You may have read about the value of professional generalists in Range or heard about a new and burgeoning generalist community, and, after much searching, identified that you’re not alone in that you want to define yourself as a career generalist. Fantastic! ...now what?
For decades, the specialist has reigned supreme as the professional profile to beat. Search any job board, and you'll find posting after posting looking for someone with mastery in one singular skillset. It’s easy to see why. In a pre-internet society, we needed expert researchers to be our Google, expert operators to be our Zapier, expert GMs to be our Amazon.
What’s the one marketing rule we all know to be true? If you can get someone to take action at the right moment, magic happens.
While the recent job market has seen extensive tech layoffs, job openings continue to rise, with US employers adding 528,000 jobs last month. It is becoming more and more clear that the future of work is where talent retention is just as important as talent acquisition.