How to Stay Flexible in Your Job Search

Stay Flexible in Your Job SearchLooking for a job is not easy. It requires a lot of patience and hard work, no matter what circumstance you’re in. Adjusting to the ups and downs of a job search is important, especially if you want to keep a positive outlook.

Just like the technology around us, the world continues to change, almost instantly. People need to know how to adjust and adapt to their environment, no matter what may come their way. Adaptability is a crucial part of any job search.

Here are six tips to help you stay current while looking for a job:

Be willing to exist in beta mode. To keep your sanity,recognize where you are in your career, and be willing to adapt to a constant state of change, keeping your skills and perspective fresh. Think of ways to upgrade your skills while staying current to make your qualifications more desirable.

Develop your intangible skills to get hired. A college degree is not enough to get a job with a decent paycheck. You must learn how to be a team player as part of adaptability. Leadership, too, is always a plus, together with multi-tasking, open-mindedness and positivity. Reflect on these traits and evaluate how you can develop them.

Keep your resume up-to-date. Avoid lagging behind by keeping your resume updated. Even if there are social platforms out there for you to post your profile or digital footprint to, some companies prefer cover letters and resumes. Make sure to use updated information to improve your chances of being hired.

Accept that there is no perfect resume. There is no such thing as a perfect resume, so it’s important to adapt to changes and work on your resume according to the job description. If you didn’t get a call, it’s likely you’re either not qualified or your resume didn’t match up with their qualifications.

Never give up. This may sound cliché, but it is important for job seekers to persevere, no matter how many rejections they have to endure. If you’ve been looking for a job in a certain industry, perhaps it’s time for a career change. Try something different, and make use of your network to find the latest job openings. Keep adapting to achieve positive results.

Be positive. Nobody wants to hire someone who has a gloomy outlook. Keep your thoughts on the bright side, no matter what situation you are currently in. Keep in mind that negativity breeds negativity, and hiring managers and employers can read this negativity in emails, calls and messages you leave.

You can always work your way up while adapting to change — if you’re willing to be flexible, you may reach your job search goal much sooner than you imagined.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.