Let’s talk about what it means to be a Technology Generalist, or any kind of generalist. I’m sure that many of you have carried job titles that have described only one aspect of your job. There seems to be a lack of words to accurately define the role of one who does many things – I’m trying my best to expand that!
If you are proficient in desktop support, web page design, graphics, databases, phone systems, and even server administration you are definitely playing the part of an IT Generalist. Heck, you are probably even answering the door and talking to salespeople every day, too.
I always joke with staff that my job covers anything that plugs into a wall. How do you put that on a resume? Also, my tenure on the job has now reached long enough that I am the go-to person at work. Not surprisingly, my job titles have morphed over the years. One time I came into work (having missed a meeting), only to discover that a new job title was bestowed on me! I have to say life went on as normal.
In my quest to coin the perfect phrase for “technology generalist” I present to you this list. Please, by all means, add to it! I hope to save others hours of office time figuring out a better substitute for this specialized, yet very general job title. At the least, maybe it will help the next person who is trying to find another way to say “go to person” on their resume.
Substitute Names for Technology Generalist
Here goes in no particular order:
- Renaissance man/woman
- Go to person
- Technology Ninja
- Office Juggler
- Technology Macgyver
- The IT Person
- All-Around Employee/All-Around Skills/All-Around Talent
- IVEY – Incredibly Valuable Employee (I made that up, Y is for YES!)
Again, jump in and add your thoughts. Together, we can create the right job title (or at least one more impressive/creative than “Technology Generalist”)!
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