How do you feel about confronting change? How about taking chances and risks even though they may result in failure? Well, if you embrace either of these scenarios, then chances are you have one of the most critical skills of today’s workforce: Adaptability.
The expectations of the modern worker seemed to be pretty set, until quite recently when businesses globally were forced to adapt to one of the most significant challenges yet: staying afloat during COVID-19. Because of this situation, professionals at every level have realized how vital adaptability is for professional success.
Adapting is not just about changing, it’s also about being aware of and open to areas and methods of improvement.
So, whether you’re taking the first steps of job seeking, starting a career in a new field or environment, or looking to get promoted, it’s a good idea to work on your adaptability skills for long-term growth and achievement.
Putting yourself on the market and starting a job search can be overwhelming. That’s because learning how to navigate the corporate world takes practice and constant adjusting. So don’t just be adaptable on paper. Finding ways to apply and showcase this skill while on the hunt for new opportunities will better prepare you for every stage of the hiring process and, potentially, challenges beyond your job search.
For instance, it’s easy to be discouraged if you’re getting passed up by managers or hiring authorities for positions you feel you’d be an excellent match for. So how about asking for constructive feedback, or better yet, ask if there are other positions they believe you’re a better fit for.
You obviously possess the skills and experience for the position you’ve been hired for because, well, you’ve been hired! But that doesn’t mean fitting into a new company environment won’t be challenging. Put your best foot forward in acclimating to your new company culture and team so that it’s smooth sailing from day one.
Being adaptable, especially in new roles, means being aware of the areas you need to improve, and doing something about it. So use this fresh start with new colleagues to network with those you know are making a splash. Take the initiative in asking questions and learn from your new team’s skill set and knowledge so that you can experience the same growth, success, and fulfillment they have.
Making an efficient transition into leadership roles within your company takes a strong foundation of technical and soft skills. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a successful leader today without the ability to swiftly solve problems as they arise and the confidence to make bold yet strategic decisions that propel company-wide success.
For true business leaders, change and challenges are just another opportunity to transform their companies and help their teams transcend. In other words, leaders don’t shy away from unpredictability, they embrace it.
So if you’re a job seeker looking to make the best first impression, a new employee eager to fit in with a new company culture or team, or simply interested in moving up in your career, working on your adaptability is key.
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