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A Cloudy Future


A Cloudy Future

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I have found that once you get to a certain level, and you don't limit yourself to be strictly the DBA world, the unemployment worries drop off significantly.

I have a three year old resume online and still get calls from recruiters. Cool



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Jim P. (9/9/2012)
I have found that once you get to a certain level, and you don't limit yourself to be strictly the DBA world, the unemployment worries drop off significantly.

I have a three year old resume online and still get calls from recruiters. :cool

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so may we are approaching towards a bloatware recipe w00t, by hiring "Master of None" :-)
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"the person that has a variety of skills in multiple areas with a history of solving problems is desirable"

You would think so. Until they think you are a jack of all trades and a master of none for whatever reason. Then wait until one (or more) of the people from "the team" gets to interview you and finds out that you can do their job as well as the one you are applying for. You may as well just get up and walk away.

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jfogel (9/10/2012)
"the person that has a variety of skills in multiple areas with a history of solving problems is desirable"

You would think so. Until they think you are a jack of all trades and a master of none for whatever reason. Then wait until one (or more) of the people from "the team" gets to interview you and finds out that you can do their job as well as the one you are applying for. You may as well just get up and walk away.

I've been told that I wasn't going to be considered for a position because I seem to be "more of a generalist" than a Database Developer. Sucks for me that I can do more than one thing well.

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All this talk about being multi-talented on a large number of platforms is interesting because it's actually contrary to what my personal experiennce has been. It wasn't until after I decided to concentrate almost exclusively on the world of databases and T-SQL in particular more than ten years ago that it became easier to find a job.

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My point is that one would think that as an applicant that the prospective employer would look favorable on those with a large skill set and those able to go above and beyond the job description. That is pure crap and your approach is spot on. Be the expert applying for the specific position and mention nothing else. If one were a doctor would you mention that you know how to clean a toilet during an interview? Do you want to be a doctor and a janitor? If a potential employer actually does make a big deal out of an applicant being able to do all sorts of things then I say run away. That should tell you something.

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It depends; smaller shops often need more generalists. Larger shops often only want a triangular pegs for triangular holes.

There's also a large amount of personal preference involved; some people feel better having multi-skilled employees thinking that they can solve integration problems and/or handle a wide range of business needs more quickly (etc), some people feel better having a single-skilled employee thinking that they can solve deep problems and/or handle a smaller range of business needs more quickly (etc).

I prefer someone with one to a few "deep" skills and a wide range of other skills. Others differ; I've seen good and bad from people who fall into both camps.
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Jeff Moden (9/10/2012)
All this talk about being multi-talented on a large number of platforms is interesting because it's actually contrary to what my personal experience has been. It wasn't until after I decided to concentrate almost exclusively on the world of databases and T-SQL in particular more than ten years ago that it became easier to find a job.


Being a generalist in many areas doesn't preclude you being an expert in one, like T-SQL.

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