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Another Reason to Worship

Hebrews 10:24-25 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

According to studies done by the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the Wall Street Journal, 48% of jobseekers and 24% of employers search for jobs/employees through “places of worship.”

As a career coach, resume writer, and job search strategist, the most common mistake I see job seekers make in searching for a job is a profound lack of networking.

Please do not post your resume online, and then sit back and wait for the phone to start ringing. Statistically speaking, less than 10% of jobseekers find their next position this way. As my dear friend, Susan Whitcomb said, “It’s either network or not-work.”

Okay, so you know you should be networking but you say you don’t know where to go. Why not start off by worshipping regularly at your local church, temple, or mosque? Find out if they have a careers ministry.

As added bonuses for attending worship services regularly, you will please the Lord and find encouragement and hope. This is really a big deal, because along with the mechanics of job search, you need the right mindset.

Consider volunteering too. Nothing gets your mind off your problems like helping someone else with their problems. And few things feel as good as the blessing you will receive when you cheer someone up with a kind word of your own. (Proverbs 12:25)

Death, Taxes, and Career Trouble

John 16:33 I told you these things so you could have peace in me. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. 

You’ve probably heard the expression before − There are only two things you can count on − death and taxes. While I agree that death and taxes are a certainty, they aren’t the only ones. You can also count on facing adversity at some point in your life and God’s absolute and unwavering love for you.

Regardless of who you are or what you do, you will face adversity in this world. We all do − every single one of us− either in our personal relationships, our health, or in our career, but the Lord wants us to be brave and find our peace in Him.

If you’re facing uncertainty, if your stock portfolio is dwindling, if your job is in jeopardy, or you’re having trouble even finding a job, cry out to the Lord. Remember who your daddy really is and that He loves you and that there is absolutely no adversity that He can’t overcome.

The Secret Behind Sticking to Your Goals

Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

I heard a great quote recently by Joe Girard, “The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time.”

Have you ever wondered why so few people achieve their big picture goals? I think there are several reasons for this: people get tired, distracted, life gets in the way, people get confused and sometimes internalize their limiting beliefs. Hey, climbing the ladder of success is hard work.

But winners and high achievers do the things that other people aren’t willing to do (executives and leaders — I’m talking to you), and there’s one solution to the problems that keep people from achieving their goals that works with an amazing level of effectiveness.

So what is this secret, you ask? One word… accountability.

Experts estimate that if you have an accountability partner, you’ll be eight times more likely to achieve your goals. Yes, you read that correctly — eight times more likely — that’s HUGE. Choose your accountability partner carefully. You’ll want someone who will support and not sabotage your success. Friends, as well as coaches, make wonderful accountability partners. Check out stickk.com (yes, two k’s) to see their simple and free four-step process for achieving your key goal or goals.

Are you ready to step up to the plate and be the person who God is calling you to become?

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Lessons in Obedience, Faith, and Trust

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Sometimes it’s easy when in the midst of a challenging situation to doubt the Lord, but He loves you so much, and regardless of where He has you today, he always has your back. He’ll never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5-6).

If your career isn’t going well right now, find comfort in the words of Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Instead of being angry or frustrated about your career predicament, remember that the Lord has big plans for you, and part of those plans might very well include using your current situation to grow your obedience, faith, and trust. Ask Him, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9:6) Then, sit back and listen. He will answer you. 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)

What Is Your Career Reputation?

Proverbs 22:1 A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

I admit it. I am a material girl living in a material world, but when I read this verse, I remember that stuff — whether it takes the form of jewelry, a nice car, or pretty clothing (hey, I AM a woman!) — is just stuff. What matters most is how I serve the Lord, my family, and the people whose paths I cross — bot personally and professionally.

When people hear your name, what do they think of? That’s a very important part of your brand. The achievements and accomplishments that you demonstrate on your resume should support your brand and back-up your good name.

If your career reputation is less than stellar, here are some tips on how you can bolster your career reputation and make a better name for yourself.

  1. Engender trust and responsibility by taking a genuine interest in other people’s best interests, and doing the right thing. Listen to your intuition, it will guide you.
  2. Be a learn-it-all. We’ve all heard of a know-it-all, but a little humility goes a long way. Recognize that no matter how smart or how accomplished you are, there are always more learning opportunities ahead of you.
  3. Be responsible for your own professional development. Engage in at least two to three major learning experiences a year. You’re never too accomplished to rest on your laurels.
  4. One of my favorite quotes is, “You can either run with the big dogs or sit on the porch and bark.” Even if you’re already a “big dog” in your niche, figure out who the other key thought leaders are in your industry or profession, and start building relationships with these people. The company you keep says something about what kind of person you are and/or what kind of person you aspire to be.
  5. Strive to be more of a giver than a taker, and remember that it’s better to underpromise and overdeliver.
  6. At the end of every day, reflect on your day. Recognize where you may have fallen short, and ask yourself what systems and actions you can put in place tomorrow to do better. This isn’t about beating yourself up. Hey, none of us is perfect. Escape the tyranny of perfection, and instead aim for progress.

Job Search Jitters?

Exodus 3:11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

If you’re one of the millions of Americans feeling insecure about your career challenges, take heart. Even Moses doubted that he was up to the work he was called to do.

Instead of focusing on why you won’t succeed, I recommend you:

  • focus on how you can make sure you will
  • write down all the things you’re most proud of having accomplished during your career
  • figure out who can help you be successful

If you’re interested in learning a process for overcoming your limiting beliefs and stressful thoughts, consider investigating The Work by Byron Katie, or Katie, as she’s known. She contends that the only time we experience stress is when we’re being a thought that isn’t true. An example of this can be seen in the biblical reference above. Clearly, Moses *was* equipped to successfully bring the Israelites out of Egypt. For more about The Work, go to www.thework.com

Finally, two parting thoughts:

It’s not what you know it’s who you know — foster sound, strong, mutually beneficial relationships with people who are in a position to help you. Perhaps it’s time to call in the big guns. Moses had God helping him, and that’s always a plus in my book. Who do you have, or who can you get, to help you?

Control the controllables — there’s a lot in this world that is beyond our control. Recognize that the only person you can control is you, and align your thoughts and actions to be congruent with your goals. What is one thing you can do today to boost your confidence level?

Coping with Job Loss and Career Change

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.

The next time your stomach reels as you ponder the state of our economy, the banking crisis, or the job market, take heart.

God’s word assures us that there is a time to every purpose under heaven. That means that regardless of how bad things look as related by news reporters and stock market indices, God has a sovereign design behind everything.

If you’re one of the thousands of Americans who is out of work right now, remember that everything happens for a reason, and while it’s easy to fall into victim mode, it’s not useful.

Like seasons, jobs come and go. It’s part of God’s master plan. It’s natural to grieve for a little while after losing a job you really liked, but don’t grieve too long. Instead, think of what you can do to adapt to the change, in a way similar to how you would adapt to a new season.

When winter arrives, you get out your heavy jacket or coat, change the way you dress, and if you’re like me, you even change the way you eat. I love comfort food in the winter — like hearty stews, soups, and roasts. 

What can you do right now to comfort your soul and nurture your confidence as you face this new season in your life? 

One parting thought:

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

The Surefire Route to Career Success

Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

It’s funny how hard I’ve been resisting the idea of writing a scripture-inspired career blog. The problem — in my mind — is that nobody else is writing a similar type of blog, and so I’ve been afraid that it would fail. However, scripture above tells me just the opposite.

Yeah, this isn’t your average career blog, it’s different, because it is committed and dedicated first and foremost to my Lord.

My prayer for today:

Thank you, heavenly Father, for blessing my business so abundantly and for the wonderful clients, mentors, and role models you have brought and continue to bring into my life.

Lord, I commit this blog to you first and foremost and to job seekers and prospective clients second. I pray that you will provide me with divine inspiration for its contents and use it to touch the lives of thousands of career professionals so that they would see YOUR wisdom, love, and truth and take comfort in your holy words and plans to prosper them and never harm them and plans to give them hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). 

Lord, scripture tells us you would never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Father, please use me to pour your abundant blessings and provisions on each and every person who reads this blog. May they find comfort and wisdom in the words, not from me but from you, and may they commit their careers to you first, Father, so that they may have your assurance of success. I ask these things of you, in the name of your sweet son, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Budgeting for a Career Transition

Luke 14:28 Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?

Not very many people would set out to buy a new home or new car without first setting a budget. Yet, when many people decide to find a new career opportunity, they completely forget to set a budget.

There’s a reason that old sayings like, “It takes money to make money,” become old sayings. They’re usually true.

For those who are currently unemployed−and I know there are a lot of you out there right now, and I feel for you−you need to be realistic. Look at your monthly expenses and at your savings, and figure out how quickly you need to find your next position before your money runs out. You might want to put your head in the sand like an ostrich, but it’s better if you meet reality head-on and know exactly what your situation is.

Then decide how much money you feel comfortable setting aside toward job search expenses, including money for professional memberships, professional networking meetings, business lunches, new business attire (if necessary), personal grooming (you’re not going to cut your own hair, are you?), continuing education coursework, certification expenses, gasoline, etc. 

Other things to invest in that might help you land your next position more quickly and easily include: professional resume writing, professional cover letter writing, career coaching,  job search consulting, company research, and a recruiter email campaign. When making any investment you need to weigh the return against the initial cost. How much money will you save in lost income if you are able to cut your job search time in half?

Many people think these are things they ought to do by themselves. When we became followers of Christ, we all started to build a tower–a tower to reach God. The key to this passage above is building our tower, including our lives and careers, God’s way so that he can complete the good work He started in us. What are you willing to part with to more faithfully follow the Lord? If you don’t know, ask the Lord. His advice is always perfect.

Who Are Your Advisors?

Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Job search techniques have changed dramatically over the last five years, and they will continue to evolve. You need to surround yourself with wise counselors to help you brand and position yourself to succeed, especially in today’s tight job market that has more than three job seekers for every one job available.

So… what will make you stand out in a tight job market? One word — VALUE. And communicating value starts with the ability to clearly communicate a strong brand. A product is what you buy and a brand is why you buy it, so the key question is why would someone want to hire you.

Here are some questions to help you identify your unique value proposition (UVP):

  • What is it that prospective employers in your target market need that you have? Think in terms of things you can prove. 
  • How will you drive revenues and/or profits, reduce costs, create efficiencies, and overall improve the bottom-line financial and operating performance?
  • What would make a prospective employer really excited about the possibility of having you come to work for them?
  • What’s the unique value you bring to the table compared with the other people who’ll be competing for the same jobs and who probably are of the same calibre and have a similar professional background and level of education?

If you don’t know or if you’re having trouble communicating your UVP, consider investing in the services of a trustworthy career-industry professional. Not everything that you can do yourself is a good idea. Would you cut your own hair, sew your own business suits, or make repairs to your own Mercedes? Of course not! And unlike hiring an auto mechanic, hiring a career professional will actually provide you with a return on your investment — frequently helping you land a new job more quickly, earning more money.

Finally, regardless of where you are in your career, consider getting a mentor and a professional role model (or more than one). If your role model has written any books, read them, or even better yet, reach out to them. You can find almost anyone’s phone number thanks to the Internet, while expending a limited amount of effort. Remember with many advisors, plans succeed.