When you are looking for job and career help, one Google search will find over a billion results in half a second. Overwhelming, right?
Getting Started in Your Job and Career Search
May I recommend you ask yourself three questions?
1. Would You Rather Get Help From a Computer or a Person?
Computers can do things quickly that may take a person much longer. Google provides info-in-an-instant. What it cannot do is filter the results for you based on your situation, needs, gifting, passions and calling. Working with an actual person who can listen, ask questions, encourage and counsel is a much more helpful, complemented by use of your computer.
2. How to Find Helpful People?
We all have friends and family, some of whom can be helpful in our job and career search. There are also professionals that can offer better help at American Job Centers and colleges, as well as independent coaches, counselors and consultants. Some are free. Some require a fee. Career ministries and job clubs are another great alternative for finding relational career transition and job search help.
Most career ministries and job clubs are led by volunteers. Many are professionals that have found fulfilling jobs and careers and want to share what they have learned with others. Most career ministries offer one of six formats. Each one has specific advantages that can meet your readiness and needs:
- Coaching: This is a one-on-one relationship full of encouragement, stimulation and instruction via email, phone, or in-person. Coaches will spend time guiding you by asking the right questions.
- Support Groups: These are weekly meetings where everyone quickly learns how to support, network and share ideas. It is a flexible environment focused on transforming a lonely journey into a place where jobseekers and career explorers help each another through relationship.
- Study Groups: This group balances the relational aspect of a support group with the focus on learning to apply job skills in the workplace.
- Workshops: These large group meetings allow you to learn a lot in a short time. The focus is growing your job and career seeking tool belt.
- Network Meetings: These are regularly scheduled meetings that feature a speaker on some aspect of job and career search. A networking time is usually offered in a two-hour format. This is a great outreach opportunity to connect with people in your community.
- Job Connections: You can check job boards and search engines every day to see new postings in your area. Be on the lookout for employer events, like job and career fairs. You can meet directly with human resources and hiring managers.
Which format is best for you depends on your needs at the moment. Over time you may find yourself using all of them.
3. Do You Believe God Cares and Can Help?
You might be wondering what God and faith has to do with getting a job or finding a career. Consider this thought:
I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8 NIV
God cares about you and He loves you. He created you on purpose for a purpose. He wants to guide and help you navigate through every aspect of your life, even your work.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not lean on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
and He will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
What To Do Next
Sign-in to www.CrossroadsCareer.org, and check your dashboard for new jobs, upcoming events, career tips and the prayer network. If you have not signed-up yet, it will only take a minute or two. You will also find nearest American Job Centers and Facebook friends who already like the Network.
One more thing about people helping people is that all of us together are smarter than any one of us alone. Would you share with us your comment?