Finding a Job through Specialization


In a tight job market, there are ways for job seekers to show potential employers that not only can they fill a job need, but they can potentially save an employer money by having little start-up training time, and they can be an on-site expert in their field.

Through demonstrating specialization or large amounts of knowledge in a specific area, job seekers can show a high level of value to potential employers while achieving job satisfaction. Specialization can make the process of looking for a job much easier for the specialized job seeker.

Through job specialization, a job applicant can realize some benefits in the job market.

Specialization in a niche sets a job seeker up as an expert in their field. For positions that require a great amount of knowledge, like nursing or computer/IT, specialization separates you from job applicants with generic pools of knowledge.

Specialists can command a greater amount of money than non-specialists. When an applicant for a job shows an expert level of knowledge in their field, a company may be able to justify better pay for that specialized knowledge.

Job specialization is in itself a form of marketing, a tool that makes an applicant stand out from others. It helps brand a person in a field, and in local markets, a person with specialized knowledge may find their name come up often, a great demand placed on their knowledge.

People with job specialization have credibility in their position that creates trust for and reliance on their expertise from others.

An expert in a field has knowledge that is not easily replaced. Many jobs emphasize the importance of having broad knowledge, but in many technological and medical fields, a wide range of knowledge is not as valuable. A nurse with a specialization in heart medicine will find her niche within a cardiology practice much easier than an RN with a broad area of practice.

Specialization often means doing repetitive work, which may sound annoying in practice, but in a field someone loves, doing the same thing over and over is not as problematic. Specializing in the right thing is key, but it is important to remember that people who know how to do the minutia involved in jobs and do it well will always be in demand.

Similarly, because specialization involves what some consider drudgery, fewer people are willing to do it. Be it becoming the person in the office who knows everything there is to know about a computer program to being a neuro-surgeon, specialization requires work some consider boring. If a person is willing to specialize, simply the act of specialization may be enough to set them above other job applicants.

Employers often post narrow job requirements, such as knowing a couple of specific computer languages. Sometimes these narrow requirements are not the whole of the job but are posted as a way to weed out under qualified applicants. These narrow requirements will automatically eliminate many job seekers. By knowing the narrow requirements that employers post, an applicant has a far better chance of making it to the first interview.

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Written by Erin Kennedy, MCD, CMRW, CPRW - Visit the website to hire executive resume writer Erin Kennedy, CERW, CPRW

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8 Responses to “Finding a Job through Specialization”
  1. It’s hard when they pressure you to pick a career when you are in high school. I didn’t know what I wanted in college and dropped out rather than wasting time and money.
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  2. Emily says:

    The author is 100 percent right about specialization being the key to finding success in the job market. For example, specialized computer degree programs like programming or networking create specialists in these fields. Another means of getting a specialization is to pursue a graduate degree in your chosen field. Healthcare professionals who purse a master’s healthcare degree are likely to find more senior positions in their field.

  3. Erin,
    What a noteworthy post about a topic that often isn’t covered in such great depth.

    Specialization versus being ‘diverse’ and ‘not limiting oneself’ is a GOOD thing in this competitive marketplace!

    I especially liked this great advice to specialty job applicants wanting to ensure their resume ‘hits the mark!: “Employers often post narrow job requirements, such as knowing a couple of specific computer languages. Sometimes these narrow requirements are not the whole of the job but are posted as a way to weed out under qualified applicants.”

    Nicely done!

  4. Abraham says:

    I consider that if you work hard than you find the job easily, if you are staying at a place you’ll never find anything really interesting. Maybe someone don’t agree with? In any craft you should work hard to become a master. I don’t understand how I must write for not to be considered as a spam?
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  5. Richard says:

    My opinion is that if you can’t find a job from your contacts list then you probably are not worth hiring. But listen to nobody, just search and you’ll find.

  6. Want to add one suggestion for young people, if you have any skills that you are instinctively good at, ask yourself what you enjoy doing that you’re very good at, and explore job possibilities in those fields. Don’t waste your precious time.

  7. Work specialization in certain areas or job or departments are much necessary. But at the same time and in periods the employees or workers must also be trained in other areas and they must be made to know other connected jobs of the industry or trade in which they are working so that best results could be achieved from them. Specializing them in areas alone will yield good results at some times but making them specialized in all areas will give best results at all times.

  8. Julia Baker says:

    There is no time like now to focus yourself on a specialized field. We all know the job search market is heavily competitive, so any edge you can find for yourself is a leg-up on the competition. Look back through your experience as well, most of us had one or more specializations at some time in our careers. Stressing those strengths not only shows skills you have but an aptitude for acquiring new ones.

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