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When Looking for Work Adjust Your Plans as You Go

When on a job search, one of the keys to success is your ability to be flexible and to adjust your plans as you go.

Most people who work, work in order to obtain a paycheck. Work that enables one to be self-sufficient is a blessing. If you find yourself unexpectedly out of work as an employee or between jobs as an entrepreneur or freelancer, you must find a balancing point between keeping on track and adjusting plans as necessary.  The ability to adjust quickly and while on the move is often the difference between a woman who finds work that enables her to be self-sufficient and one who does not.

When one is self-sufficient she is able to provide for her own need without help from others. If a woman’s goal in seeking employment is to be self-sufficient, she must be flexible. There are quite a few things that can happen between starting a job search and actually finding a job or assignment: One change that can occur is that a competitor of the target company may go out of business or downsize. If this happens, there will be more people looking for the same type of work. This increase in job seekers will make it more difficult for a person to get work as an employee or as a freelancer.

It is wonderful to find work that makes you self-sufficient, just be sure to adjust your plans as you go.


Another change that can affect the job search is the loss of job of a spouse. When two people in a family work, if one person becomes unexpectedly unemployed it is hard on the family, but it may be manageable. However, if a person’s spouse becomes unemployed while the other spouse is looking for work, things change in a major way. Jobs and assignments that previously were unattractive or unappealing may change in appearance as work of any kind becomes precious and more important to obtain. Other changes that affect the search for work to enable one to be self-sufficient a change in the health of a family member. No matter what, it is important to be able to adjust plans as one goes along the job search.

Flexibility is a beautiful thing. When big storms come, large, beautiful and strong oak trees break under the pressure because they are unable to adjust to the wind and rain. On the other hand, willow trees bow bend and maneuver in the wind and the rain. As a result, when the storms end, the willow still stands. It is important for people looking for work as an employee, entrepreneur or freelancer must be able to bend and move with the winds that come. 

Plans should be kept flexible and fluid so that adjustments can be made as needed. Flexibility is a key to success in the search for jobs and employment. In conclusion, it is wonderful to find work that makes you self-sufficient, just be sure to adjust your plans as you go. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, do you adjust your plans to fit life or leave them set in stone?



Janeane Davis

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  • Being self employed for a really long time has helped me learn how to adjust. It's also great doing something you love for the sake of it and not just for a paycheck. But being self employed isn't for everyone.

  • This is such a great advice! Being flexible while looking for a job is necessary. I quit job long back in 2014, I am planning to join again next year. I'll keep these tips in mind

  • It's really hard to find work specially this days. I'm not up to finding a work just yet. Glad I'm managing to work it all up to my online business.But it's really good if you're flexible and willing to put effort finding it.

  • this is such great advice. i so agree with you on this.

  • Couldn't agree more on this post. Before I used to think that we need to have a decent work so we can buy everything we want. Now that I am more mature. Changing and looking for work makes me consider a lot of things. It's not about the pay and live with the paycheck only. Working environment and my career plans should be considered and being ready on sudden changes too.

  • I hate job hunting. You do all the hard work to put yourself out there and employers don't accept you - it hurts.

  • So glad I came across this post! I'm not looking to return to work just yet, but it's nice to have tips for how to handle it when it's time.

  • yes! you never know what opportunity is around the corner. a so-so opportunity might turn out great, and your dream job might not pan out like you think!

  • I think that our purpose is to find that work that will make us feel good doing it. I think payment it's not the only important thing in a work!

  • This is definitely true. I agree with you on this. We all should learn to do some adjustments in order for us to land a better job. Thanks for sharing this.

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