Do not go it alone! Seeking a job, career and God’s calling is a team sport. Together everyone achieves more.
In fact, most people find that the more connections they make, the merrier it is for everyone.
… let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another …
Some of the most popular environments sponsored by churches are career groups, workshops and network meetings, where you can meet other Career Explorers, learn job search skills, get ideas and find referrals to others. It is best to meet as a group once a week at a regular time and place.
Meet with Others.
Using the Crossroads Career Work Book with others in a small group, in workshops or with a friend/mentor/coach is better than studying alone. The accountability, belonging and care with others multiplies your strength and wisdom. Here are tips for meeting with others:
- Attend all the meetings.
- Do all your homework before meetings.
- Bring this Work Book and a Bible to every meeting.
- Arrive early and plan to stay until it is over to take advantage of networking time.
- Please pay attention to the facilitator(s), as well as to your fellow Career Explorers.
- If you have questions, concerns or critiques, please share them with your facilitator(s).
- Maintain confidentiality. What is said in the group should stay in the group.
- Connect with others between meetings.
Effective networking starts with helping other people first. Seek to serve and add value to others. It is more blessed to give than receive. If you help enough people get what they want, you will eventually get what you want. Combine a positive attitude, courtesy and flexibility. Say what you will do and do what you say. Be creative, yet thoughtful of each person you contact.
It’s Better Together.
Also look for opportunities to connect with others through local business and professional networking groups; colleges and universities; job and career fairs; career and job placement centers – especially those sponsored by CareerOneStop centers.
Updated September 27, 2016