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God has established work from the beginning, which is a good thing. There are things to overcome when looking for employment. Ask, Seek, Knock. What is the difference between a career and a calling? If you are looking for work, you should pray to God for His direction so that He can open up the right doors for you and close the other doors. Lord, please do not allow anyone to waste precious time on dead-end possibilities.
The feeling of insecurity or fear may come knocking at your door, but remember that God has taken you this far in your life, providing for your needs, and He will not leave you or abandon you. Have faith and pray for God’s will to be done in your search for employment. ~ Bill Greguska
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.
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So You Are You Looking For Employment?
Make prayer your priority when looking for a new job! Being unemployed can be very stressful, from my personal experiences in the past, but God knows what you need and how to fill your needs. Although I found out that prayer, word of mouth, and learning some can help are the top three tools to find a job!
It is also critical to keep the right attitude and trust that God controls everything. Yes, it can blow your self-esteem, but realize that this is 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.
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.
My dad taught me something critical that helped me in my life. Need to find employment; “When you do a job, do it good!” ~ Bill Greguska
Some Typical Questions You Will Run Across In An Interview
Using examples helps support what you say you can do, past behavior is one of the best indicators of future behavior. Organize your examples using STAR – Situation or task, actions that you had taken, results.
- Tell me about yourself – Tips -“Key selling points” – Education, Experience, Strongest Skill or Passion for the work
- Tell me about your experience in “position” – Tips – Be specific: company name, how did you contribute to success, what did you do well.
- What is your greatest strength? Tip – State a skill and give a work example of when you used that successfully
- What is your area of weakness? – Tip – “The area I continue to work on is…”
- Tell me about a time when you worked in a team to get a project or assignment completed? – Tip – Be specific, organize using STAR
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Tip – Recruitment and training are very expensive for employers financially and in terms of staff time, can you say you would like to continue to work here? If not maybe this is not the job for you! If you would use this as a time to share something you know about the company.
- How would your last supervisor or a co-worker on the last job describe you? Tip – Can you provide information from annual evaluations or letters of reference to add credibility?
- What did you enjoy the most about your last job? And the least? Tip – Be honest, be specific, so that if asked to clarify you can give an example.
- Why do you feel you are qualified for this position? Tip – Match your skills/abilities to what is desired in the listing
Do you have any questions for me? Tip – Don’t ask about benefits or salary, but rather things about the needs of the position or the perfect candidate.
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Revise Your Resume
Before you try to find employment, please make sure that your resume is as complete and up-to-date as possible. Your resume is a practical 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 various 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.
Interview Tips To Pay Attention To!
Things To Consider 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 social media forms, so keep it clean with things 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 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 less specific to the talents the job calls for you to have.
- Dress for success! When you go to a job interview, dress like your first day on the job. Dress appropriately to create the right impression during an interview.
- Be confident, comfortable, and be sure.
- Realize that you may have to work your way up. For example, to become a Red Lobster restaurant manager, you might often have to start in a different position first to get your foot in the door.
What God’s Resume Might Look Like If He Published One?
Is God 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 Need Without, Need, and will return 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 one-on-one discussions.
- The Source of Supplies- God will supply all the needs and leads and bring people into your lives 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- You will receive a heavenly reward at retirement. 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, mainly at large companies, start with questions like, “Tell me about yourself.” The interviewer doesn’t want to hear about grade school or other irrelevant things.
Focus on work and experience-related questions with the correct 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 down, and learn to adjust the rest depending on who you talk to in the process. Practice your elevator pitch to someone who can give you honest feedback.
- An elevator pitch is also helpful for networking with strangers who want to get to know you a bit more at a party or anywhere. Instead of a job interview, keep the elevator pitch to 30 seconds or less in a networking situation. This 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 for you, but the people who could help open doors for those jobs are unaware they could help you.
Make a list of everyone you know. Get your name and job situation out in as many possible ways. Any ideas you can think of, such as employment headhunters, your church, bulletin boards, phone calls, email blast, telling all your friends that you are looking for work and if they know 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 senior alumni friends from high school or college. Most people like people who have something in common, share the same values, beliefs, or hobbies, or have gone to the same school. Reach out by calling alumni in your area, attending meetings, and growing your network.
- Use Social media such as LinkedIn and Facebook for the most significant effect. LinkedIn is a powerful tool to connect easily with just the right people. Facebook is also an excellent Need for letting your friends and family know you are looking for work. Let your friends and family know Word of mouth is precious.
A LIGHT-HEARTED LOOK AT SOMEONE’S JOB HISTORY
So, I retired and found out I was perfect for the job!
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