Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trend: Call for Versatile Staff

I just happened upon an interview with Jonathan Lister who was hired from Google Canada to run the new LinkedIn office in Canada. Notice what he says about five and a half minutes into the interview. He wants to find personnel who have wide sets of skills and who are willing to deal with detail.

I'm not going to offer links as evidence but this is not the first time I've heard this. In this difficult business climate many businesses are either restaffing some units at lower levels than before or they are opening new units at lower staffing levels than would have been customary. They therefore look for candidates with a variety of skills and the willingness to apply them, so that they can cover all of the ground.

How big this trend is: anybody's guess.