Job Titles are Obsolete in 2010 and Beyond.
What’s your title? What’s your skill? Is it one or two things, or maybe three things? If so, you’re in trouble over the next 10 years.
The days of being a “plumber” or an “artist” are gone. No more and never again will a person be able to be just one thing and be successful. Now and moving forward, you must be multiversatile – capable of many things across many fields competently.
You already see it in the local business owner who is the accountant, the salesman, the customer service rep, the help desk, and the human resources department. But it’s not just for business owners anymore. Now it’s the regular guys. The $10/hr guys.
The guys who will get ahead will be the ones who learn to express their ideas in a blog, an audio clip or a video – even if they are not “writers” or “camera men”. The guys who will win are the ones who learn to setup a website, a hosting account, and a wireless network – even if they are not “programmers” or “network engineers”. The guys who will have more accounts, more sales and better reputations will be the guys using facebook, twitter, along with teleseminars and local conferences – even if they are not “social media consultants”.
As we go forward, titles are pointless. If you want to win, you must be bigger than any job title and be able to demonstrate the ability to cross a wide spectrum of skills that were never before required. The good news is if you do it now, you’ll still be with the pack or maybe even ahead of the pack – for a little while.
What are you doing to blow up your job title and explode with success?
Here’s 7 things you can do:
- Pick a friend in the company (or at another company) and cross train with them
- Learn twitter, facebook, blogging, or any other current technology
- Even if it’s not your job, pick a project, make it your own, and run with it.
- Learn more about leadership, sales, and/or marketing – you can’t go wrong with these skills!
- Get out – go to seminars, conference, workshops, and events.
- Become an expert on your business (not your job specialty)
- Become the in-house trainer on topics / skills.
// Edit // See Bernie Bay’s thoughts on the future of business and predictions on the next decade.