Monday, July 27th, 2020

The Job of Job Hunting

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So many are now forced into a position they never dreamed would happen—they’ve lost a good job because of the pandemic and now they’re looking for another one at a time when there may be lots of competition.

First I want to address the emotional issues you face when you’re in such a situation. Let’s face it: Our jobs are a large part of who we are. Much of our identity is derived from the work we do, and there is something affirming about getting up each morning, knowing you have a job and a place where you are needed and expected, with a paycheck at certain intervals to meet your needs. And when that is taken away from you, especially if it is unexpected and truly through no fault of your own, you can really get down on yourself and become extremely discouraged and even depressed.

If that’s where you are today, let me assure you that your feelings are normal. Most anyone will have that same initial response to a lost job. Your mind and emotions have been put through a wringer, and so you need to give yourself a break and realize that your reactions are to be expected.

But of course, you can’t afford to wallow in that kind of depressed state. This is a time when you need to work harder than ever, be more disciplined than ever, and more positive. How do you get over those feelings of worthlessness, anger, betrayal, rejection—all of these emotions which you no doubt are experiencing? You need to tap into the power that is yours, if you are a disciple of Jesus Christ. If you are born from above through faith in Christ, you have an advantage over others who are job hunting on their own, because you have an internal power house to motivate you and energize you.

So, with some of that freed-up time you now have, use it for more time in God’s Word, more time in prayer, and more time fellowshipping with other believers. You may not feel like doing it, but you really need to do it anyway. That will feed your inner person and strengthen you mentally and emotionally, and you need that strength now in this new job of finding a job.

(We have a pulled together some resources that will be helpful for you in your job search.  Click here to download the pdf.)


Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

The Job of Job Hunting

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With unemployment rates very high now, job hunting is challenging. What do you do when you’re looking for a job?

Make yourself be very disciplined every day. Don’t lollygag in bed just because you don’t have to get up early; don’t start overeating because you have time on your hands; don’t turn the television on and get hooked on watching it in order to pass the time or drown your discouragement. Don’t allow yourself to get into these kinds of bad habits. Instead, put strong disciplines in place and make yourself stick to them.

For example, get up early, as though you had to be at work early, because you do! Job hunting is a job, and you must diligently work at it. Have a to-do list every day, things you need to do, people you need to call, and become your own hard-nosed manager! Determine that by God’s grace you will be disciplined during these job hunting days. If you stay busy doing something productive, you will have a much better attitude, be much more joyful and positive, and that will affect how you present yourself to potential employers.

I would encourage you to spend at least half of every day in job hunt mode, actually working at finding a job. You may use some of that freed-up time for other projects you’ve wanted to do, maybe some additional education you’d like to have, but remember that your main job is to job hunt, whether you feel like it or not. This job is a sales job, and you may never have been in a sales job before and probably don’t want to be in one now, but you are. Let me tell you, successful selling takes perseverance, the ability to bounce back after a rejection, and sales people know you will get eight nos for every yes. So, keep on keepin’ on, even if you get several nos in one day.

Ecclesiastes 9:10 reminds us that “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. . .” and job hunting has to be done with all your might and heart. It’s a tough job, but as a believer, you’ve got the Lord Jesus with you all the way.

(We have pulled together some resources that will be helpful for you in your job search.  Click here to download the pdf.)


Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

The Job of Job Hunting

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Life has a way of taking sharp turns sometimes and putting us in a place we really don’t want to be. Think about Joseph, who was handed over by his brothers to become a slave in Egypt. For several years he was in servitude, and then in jail because he refused to compromise his principles, and he must have wondered how he ever ended up there. He certainly didn’t deserve it, but there he was. But he stayed true to Jehovah, refused to lower his standards, and somehow made it through until God delivered him and raised him to the highest position in the land under the Pharaoh.

You do have a job, you know, and it’s probably the hardest job you’ll ever have. And that job is to find a job. Therefore, you need a strategy and a plan that you consistently pursue until the right door opens. Statistics show that 70% of the time people find their jobs through networking, so that should be a major part of your strategy. Now, networking doesn’t mean asking for a job; rather it is talking to people about what you can do, learning about the job market and opportunities, and finding out as much as you can about potential opportunities. Remember that information is power, so the more you know about the marketplace and people in it, the better equipped you are to network.

So, build your network of contacts and don’t be afraid to go outside your comfort zone and ask anyone you think might give you some helpful information. It would be smart to set a goal for yourself each day—a certain number of contacts you will make each day in this networking mode, so that you’re keeping that network active and growing. Obviously not every contact will provide something useful, but remember, it only takes one tip in the right direction to find that one job that is right for you.

If 70% of the time people find their jobs via networking, then 70% of your job search time needs to be spent in networking activities. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

(We have a pulled together some resources that will be helpful for you in your job search.  Click here to download the pdf.)


Thursday, July 30th, 2020

The Job of Job Hunting

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How do you keep your spirits up and thrive in an often-discouraging time of your life?

It’s important that you define success each day in smaller, attainable goals. Instead of thinking that success is finding a job, think that success is making the number of networking calls you planned to do, finding a new person to add to your network, learning some additional information about the marketplace, getting an appointment or an interview. It’s really important that each day you know you moved the ball down the field a little bit, as you try to find the right job.

Remember that you are sowing seeds, and the more seeds you sow, the better your harvest will be. We reap in a different season than we sow, so don’t be discouraged if all you did today was sow seeds and you haven’t seen any results yet. If you keep sowing seeds, you will reap a harvest at some point.

Then you also need to do some things that will help you cope—you need some self-care. What would that be? Some ideas are:

  • start or restart a hobby you enjoy
  • volunteer
  • offer to tutor a student who needs help
  • start an exercise program you’ve always meant to do
  • take some courses that will make you better prepared

 

It’s very important that you don’t neglect the disciplines that will keep you looking good and feeling good and mentally sharp.

(We have a pulled together some resources that will be helpful for you in your job search.  Click here to download the pdf.)


Friday, July 31st, 2020

The Job of Job Hunting

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This time of unemployment is a good time to assess your skills, your strengths, your job values, and think outside the box. You may have been limiting yourself to one particular kind of job when you could be qualified for other jobs, if you just knew how best to present your skills and accomplishments.

A resume is important, but you need to write your resume in such a way that it tells a story—your story of your experience and accomplishments. The STAR formula is a good way to do that.

S: Situation: Describe the situation.

T: Tasks: Describe the tasks or obstacles you needed to accomplish or overcome.

A: Actions: List the actions you did to resolve the situation or accomplish the task.

R: Results: Describe the results and success that happened because of your action.

Write it in story-telling form, not verbose, but readable and interesting. Be sure you don’t have grammatical or careless typo mistakes. Get a friend who is good at this kind of writing to edit it for you and offer you suggestions. Or seek professional help.

Then, over and above all these things and most importantly, pray and trust God. Your faith will be tested in this unemployment waiting room. But if you will see it as an opportunity for you to learn to trust God in new ways, to really get to know God better and become a stronger, more mature Christian, then you cannot lose.

(We have a pulled together some resources that will be helpful for you in your job search.  Click here to download the pdf.)