Step outside of your job description

Show you can handle change, learn quickly and be an asset to your workplace, and employers will love you.  

Employees who aren’t flexible can cause big problems.

Can’t handle change? Your employer can’t rely on you to deal with office updates, new people, or changes to your work routine. That means they either need to a. work around your needs or b. get rid of you.

On the other hand, being able to demonstrate flexibility to a potential employer can really set you apart from the competition.

Employers love staff with a flexible mindset
  • They’re more creative, better at problem-solving, and bounce back quickly after setbacks or changes
  • They are happy to take on extra roles, step up when challenges occur and are generally able to help over and above their contracted jobs
  • They respond well to unexpected situations and can work independently or in a team as required
Let prospective bosses know you’re adaptable

As flexibility is such a desirable asset, be sure to include it in the Skills section of your CV. Describe yourself as:

  • Quick to adapt to changing situations
  • Able to think on your feet
  • An effective problem-solver
  • Proactive and adaptable
  • Enjoy variety and change
  • Always looking for new opportunities and ways to become more effective

And if you’ve included those phrases in your resume you need to back them up in an interview. Think of some examples of how you’ve adapted to changes in your life such as moving interstate, changing schools, taking on extra work and responsibilities, or how you’ve handled an emergency or tricky situation.

Here’s how you can gain experience to demonstrate your flexibility:
  • Take on extra roles at school e.g. volunteer to help out at Tuck Shop or assist your teachers
  • Get a job and manage your time around working and school commitments, whilst maintaining your usual grades and your extra-curricular and social obligations
  • Volunteer to help out other students at school or help train up someone new at work
  • Explain that you’re willing to change work schedules if required
  • Show that you can work in a variety of environments, for example in the classroom, as part of your sports team, and in your part-time job
  • Explain a time that you’ve had to deal with challenges and setbacks, then overcome them to finish your task

And make sure you mention your skills during your interview. If you’re asked to be flexible with your interview time, or anything changes during the process then make sure you remain calm, polite and accommodate any reasonable changes.

In our next blog we’ll look at how determination can improve your employability.

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