So, you think recruiters might spend 4 or 5 minutes looking at your resume? Not so, according to a recent study. Eye tracking was used to determine what recruiters look at to choose you for an interview (or not). They look at your name, present and previous position titles, start and end dates for those positions, and your education level. Decision made.
Here’s the study by TheLadders
In business, cross-fertilisation is the source of all kinds of innovations: fibres inspired by spider webs have become a source of bulletproof fabric; practically every mobile phone also seems to be a computer, a camera and a GPS tracker. To come up with such ideas, you need to know things outside your field.
Over-specialisation, eventually retreats into defending what one has learnt rather than making new connections
But polymathics would not just be another name for innovation. It would, I believe, help build better judgment in all areas.
So I like to say, we need to build our reputations, and display our ‘expertise’ AND be able to keep learning and follow a wide range of interests.
Specialization vs generalization discussions swing left or right every few years. We’ve seen all the arguments for both sides time after time. What’s valued in industry now won’t be shortly. Here’s what I know: cycles always rise and fall and the needs swing back and forth. Whatever you do, be prepared to generalize. Pick up a hot skill and use it now. Contradictory? Not really. Get as much broad exposure as you can while lining up some real skills to get a job. Don’t count on getting training from industries who live quarter to quarter these days (as suggested by the author). As soon as you can and as often as you can, you should participate in complex projects that support building your skills while working with others in different disciplines. Like Students for a Smarter Planet projects for example; see the category on this page about student projects.
Move Over MOOCs – from the Economist
MOOCs are long. Most MOOCs don’t get completed. Maybe micro courses are a good idea. Really, we all like to keep learning, what’s going to hold our attention while not only imparting knowledge but giving us experience too?