How To Be A Career Robot Snake

European scientists are contemplating the benefits of putting a robot snake on Mars someday, ABC News is reporting. Snakes are versatile enough to overcome almost any obstacle in our world, so why would another's be so hard? One of SINTEF's researchers even thinks robot snakes could have practical use in rescue missions on earth by noticing people in crumbling buildings. The following is one of the most ridiculous sentences I have ever written: We should all be more like robot snakes. What?! It's better than being a cockroach, and it can teach us an important career (and life) lesson. When it comes to navigating the job market these days, there are a multitude of hurdles. There's getting your resume and cover letter actually seen, making contact with someone at your target company, getting and acing a job interview, negotiating for any potential offers you receive, and so many other challenges. If we were all career robot snakes - or even just the naturally-occurring kind - we could ensure that no matter how the economy or employment process shifts, we'll be able to handle it. Tailor your resume (and obviously your cover letter) to each position you apply for. Have someone in your network refer you for a job, especially if they're a weaker tie. Read job advice articles even when you have a stable job you're happy with. There are many options to enhance your career slitheriness. (Maybe one of those is creating a new word for the sole purpose of bringing your point home in one article.) No matter what tactics you use, make sure your strategy is to always improve as a professional, so no jungle, crater or resume-scanning software slows you down. It worked for me in getting a job at CAREEREALISM after a long bout of underemployment. With the right attitude, preparedness and luck, it can happen for you, too. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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