Are You Looking For Employment?
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“You can’t get a job without experience, and you can’t get experience until you have a job. Once you solve that problem, you are home free.” Jack Buck
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
Employment, Without A College Degree?
My dad taught me something critical that had helped me in my life when I was trying to find employment; “When you do a job, do it good!” ~ Bill Greguska
Luke 10:2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
Are You Looking For Employment?
I know that being unemployed can be very stressful from my personal experiences in the past.
Although I did find out that prayer, word of mouth, knowing some that can help are the top three tools to use to find a job!
It is also critical to keep the right attitude and remember to trust that God has everything under control. Yes, it can be a blow to your self-esteem, but realize that this is just a temporary thing you are going through in your life.
While you are looking for employment, make finding a new job, your new full-time job.
Build your resume, look on the internet, make phone calls, contact friends for leads and opportunities, brainstorm, and be sure to keep up your physical health during this brief time. ~ Bill Greguska
Here Are Some Helpful Links:
- How can I stay encouraged when finding a good job seems impossible?
- How can I trust God when I am facing unemployment or bankruptcy?
- Should all mothers be stay-at-home moms?
- What does the Bible say about work?
- What does the Bible say about being a workaholic?
Revise Your Resume
Before trying to find employment, make sure that your resume is as complete and up-to-date as possible.
Your resume is a useful distillation of who you are, where you come from, and what you can offer. Here are a few tips to consider:
- Never lie about the information on a resume; it can come back to haunt you later.
- Look at a variety of recent, relevant job descriptions. Use similar language to describe your skills and accomplishments on your resume.
- Use active verbs. When describing what you did at your last job, make the sentence as tight and aggressive as possible.
- Proofread. Review your resume several times for grammatical or spelling errors. Even something as simple as a typo could negatively impact your ability to land an interview, so pay close attention to what you’ve left on the page. Have one or two other people look at it as well.
- Keep the formatting classic and to the point. How your resume looks is almost as important as how it reads. Use a simple font (such as Times New Roman, Arial, or Bevan), black ink on white or ivory-colored paper, and wide margins (about 1″ on each side). Avoid bold or italic lettering. Ensure your name and contact information are clearly and prominently displayed.
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Interview Tips To Pay Attention To!
Tips To Find Employment:
- Use placement agencies and headhunters. They sometimes charge a chunk of money for getting you a job, but they can get you proper arrangements so that you can improve your resume. Never go to just one agency. Always go to as many as possible. It is easy, and it increases your chances a lot! Consider a dedicated directory like Agency Central.
- Be mindful of your social media profile online. It’s common for employers to check Facebook pages and other forms of social media, so keep it clean with things that you are not ashamed to share with potential employers.
- One possible option is to be self-employed or an entrepreneur, in which case your goal is not so much to find and get a job, but to create a task. Most people who work for themselves often started with a “day job” that paid the bills until their self-employed source could take over.
- Be ready for tough questions like “What are your wage expectations? or “Where do you see yourself in the next five to ten years?” These issues can leave uncomfortable moments in interviews, and potential employers can see how quickly, or not, you can think on your feet.
- Be sociable even if that is not your nature.
- Specify your resume to a particular job offering: Remove items that are less specific to the talents the job calls for you to have.
- Dress for success! When you go to a job interview, be sure to dress like it is your first day on the job. Dress appropriately to create the right impression during an interview.
- Be confident, be comfortable, and be sure.
- Realize that you may have to work your way up. For example, if you want to become a manager at Red Lobster restaurant, you might often have to start at a different position first, to get your foot in the door.
What God’s Resume Might Look Like If He Published One?
God’s is looking for workers? Are you ready to find employment? These are the requirements.
- Education- No degree is required; just people who love the Lord and want to tell others about His “Good News.”
- Prerequisites- A firm belief that Jesus died for our sins rose again and will come back to get us one day as He promised.
- Targeted Location- No assigned areas, feel free to go wherever God leads you.
- Job Responsibilities- To tell others of God’s love for them and help them find Jesus.
- Training- Some training is required; this can be accomplished through prayer, Bible Studies, Small Groups, or just plain one on one discussions.
- The Source of Supplies- God will supply all the needs and the leads and will bring people into your lives for you to spend time with and share His Word.
- Costs and Expenses- All fees are paid in full by the blood of Christ, who died on the cross to make your position possible.
- Re-reimbursement- You will have the opportunity to experience the joy of knowing that another soul has been claimed for Christ.
- Retirement Benefits- At the time of retirement, you will receive a heavenly reward. You are guaranteed a mansion in heaven with all expenses paid. There is no expiration date on these benefits, and they will last forever.
Prepare For The Employment Interview!
Develop your personal “elevator pitch.” Many structured interviews, mostly those at large companies, start with a question like, “Tell me about yourself.” The interviewer doesn’t want to hear about things about grade school or other irrelevant things.
Focus on work and experience related questions with the right answer: in two minutes or so, the interviewer wants to understand your background, your accomplishments, why you wish to work at this company, and what your future goals are.
- Keep it very brief, between 30 seconds and two minutes and have the basics of it memorized so that you don’t stammer when you’re asked to describe yourself. You don’t want to sound like you memorized this, so only get the outline structure of it down, and learn to adjust the rest depending on who you talk to in the process. Practice your elevator pitch out loud to someone who can give you honest feedback.
- An elevator pitch is also useful for when you’re networking, at a party, or anywhere with a group of strangers who want to get to know you a bit more. In a networking situation, as opposed to a job interview, keep the elevator pitch to 30 seconds or less. Which is about the time it takes to change floors in an elevator, hence the name, “elevator pitch.”
Reach Out To Those You Know!
Everybody knows somebody. Within your existing network, there are probably a few jobs that would be for you, but the people who could help open doors for those jobs are not aware of that could help you.
Make a list of everyone you know. Get your name and job situation out in as many possible ways that you can. Any ideas that you can think of such as employment headhunters, your church, bulletin boards, phone calls, email blast, tell all your friends that you are looking for work and if they are aware of anyone hiring? Ask them to ask their friends too.
Do not rule out the use of cold calling people from the phone book or the internet. Most importantly, make your employment requests known to God through prayer and church fellowship.
- Connect with old alumni friends from high school or college. Most people like people who have something in common with them; who share the same values, beliefs, or hobbies; or have gone to the same school. Reach out by calling alumni that live in your area, go to meetings, and grow your network.
- Use Social media such as LinkedIn and Facebook to the most significant effect. LinkedIn is a powerful tool to connect easily with just the right people. Facebook is also an excellent tool to let your friends and family know that you are looking for work. Word of mouth is precious.
A LIGHT-HEARTED LOOK AT SOMEONE’S JOB HISTORY
So, then I retired…and found out I was perfect for the job!
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