The term “flexibility” can mean a lot of different things. In a pre-covid landscape, flexibility was a term used to describe a candidate who was a “self-starting go-getter.” Now the need for flexibility has more exact specifications. Everyone wants to work with someone who is flexible. That’s a person who is easily able to adapt and is ready to pick up on things quickly.
Exact details of what “flexibility” means will change from position to position, but employers now define more exact parameters of the flexibility they expect from a successful candidate. This flexibility could be in the physical sense meaning being in the office today, but going home tomorrow. You could have to totally change your schedule at a moment’s notice, and companies won’t always ask if you can handle it. Work from home is now expected for many employers who hadn’t offered the option before.
In a more figurative sense, your skills have to flexible as well. Maybe you are making a transfer to a different position. No problem. Instead of talking about or highlighting your specialized experience, talk about the skills that helped you get to where you are now. The interesting thing about highlighting your results rather than your soft skills is this actually proves you’re flexible, even if just in terms of how you talk about yourself as a candidate.
In a working world where things are constantly changing, being flexible is key. Being a candidate who is flexible and adaptable isn’t as hard as you may think, and just because you may be faced with a new set ok skills doesn’t mean you aren’t capable. To find out which opportunities may be the right fit for you, follow us on social media for the latest postings of open positions!