Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Top Ten Things to do for those Job Searching!
Chances are you know someone who has been seeking a job. Currently seeking a job, or will be seeking a job. So what is the Church's role and how can we as fellow Christians help one another?
Galatians 6:10 says "So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men,and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith."
So here are some helpful suggestions to those job seeking.
I. Pray for them. Pray that they get the job - that God would have them in. That they would be able to honor God and glorify Him in.
II. Help them with their Resume. Ask to see it. Give some critique to help them in revising their resume. Give them some Tips
Do a great cover letter. Some good insight
Remember your resume is getting your foot into the door ... don't just generalize it.
III. Help them identify their marketable and transferable skills. If they have leadership qualities, teaching abilities, management background - make sure that it is known.
IV. Know the type of job they want. Having a job for a job's sake - will only lead to you seeking another job in a short time. Know thyself and to thyself be true. Know your gifts, weaknesses and abilities. If you think you can sing but Simon Cowell would be scared of your songs ...it is best to know that now so someone honest tells you that you should not get a job in the Music Industry.
V. Networking. Help those job seeking get into a network. So often the next job you get isn't based on a cold call as much as who you know and the connections you have. Network off line; online etc. Use resources such as: Linkedin
VI. Get them Counseling. Not only career counseling but professional counseling as well. With job loss comes many emotions of sadness, loss of relationships, separation, feeling like a failure, unable to provide, questioning one's self etc. Make sure you have your head on straight and keep your eyes on God in this tough time.
VII. Get Training. Get more job skills, goto Job fairs, goto career seminars. The more you work on your job hunting skills and presentation the better.
VIII. Be aware of Scams.Many are out there
Including Federal ones
IX. Use many Online Resources and Search tools like: Manpower
Yahoo Jobs. Your local newspaper or Employment agency. Alot of HR firms are online and accepting online applications only. Find out what the key words are. Who got hired there. How they got hired etc. There are a lot of resources and articles online to help you out in the search.
X. Encourage. Don't be discouraged. Sometimes it is just writing a note and saying I'm praying for you. Asking how is the job search going? Letting the person know that you care. Being unemployed isn't any fun; but once that person finds employment - celebrate with them. (Let them take you out to eat ...j/k)
There is a lot of stress, pressure when one is on a new adventure and this includes employment. May we, as the Church, be a resource, to help those seeking employment - make the best one in which they serve as if Serving our Lord. Colossians 3:17 says:
"And whatever you do, whether by speech or action, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."