As a manager or boss, you know the importance of hiring an employee who can do more than just the job he or she is being hired for. For example, if you are hiring a receptionist, there are certain qualifications. If he or she also has some computer skills, when there is a lull at the front desk, the receptionist can do some data entry, taking the burden off of that employee, helping to get some overflow work done.
With careers becoming more and more defined and broken down into specialties, you might find that the guy who comes and installs your new computer is not the same guy who can load it with what it needs to run. If you have further trouble with it, there is the trouble shooting guy, etc. When computers first became part of the household all of those jobs were done by one computer specialist. Doctors, nurses and professional medical people all specialize now. If you have a bump on your foot, your family doctor will send you to the foot doctor, who may send you to the surgeon, and so on. While it is encouraging to know that we are getting the experts in the field, it would have been nice to just have one stop.
The same thing applies to your business. If you have an employee who specializes in one thing, and that particular job has some downtime, the best thing for both of you would be to have the employee pitch in and help in another part of the business. As a prospective employee, make sure you let the boss know of any special skills you may have. You may be applying for a higher level position, but you know how to type. This one skill could make the boss see you as the best employee for the position. Let the boss know you have the skills he needs, and a few extra.