On January 5, I read that “U.S. Job Satisfaction at Lowest Level in Two Decades,” based on a survey of 5,000 U.S. households conducted for The Conference Board. Only 45% of those surveyed say they are satisfied with their jobs.
Then today, January 8, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that 2009 finished with unemployment at 10% – over 15 million people were unemployed in December!
In the midst of “the agony of defeat,” let us focus on the “thrill of victory.” Yes, it is harder than ever! But, adversity is the mother of invention. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. It is time to take charge of ourselves and our careers.
Look for Work – Not a Job
Even when there are no jobs, you can find work – meaningful work, fulfilling work, fun work! During the holidays I received emails from a couple of friends…
- “It’s a lot easier and more productive … to look for work than, than look for a job! 🙂 I’m doing my own thing these days, after getting laid off in June. It’s been a blast getting things started up. In 2010, it looks like I’ll be partnering with a former client/current friend to open our own agency-like entity. It will be virtual at first, and take advantage of our vast network of contacts. Happy New Year!” Rick
- “Professionally, I’m still training… Today I began another project designing a database, this time for Verizon. I think it will be a fun project and will carry me through financially for a couple of months. I LOVE the flexibility of being self-employed.” Smiles, Amy
In this new world of work, employability is found in being flexible and focusing on serving others. Not only look for full-time “permanent” positions, but also temporary and contract work opportunities. Success at getting and keeping work is actually in the word JOB:
- J for joy in your job. Remember to rejoice always.
- O for obedience. Remember to obey your masters on earth with sincerity of heart.
- B for doing your best. Remember to serve with flexibility and excellence.
It all begins with our attitudes. “Eight-five percent (85%) of the reason people get jobs and get ahead in those jobs is because of attitude,” reads a stunning statement written by world famous motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar. Even in the worst of times, you can make the best of it. Etched in my mind is a quote from President Abraham Lincoln: “Folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
We Want to Help
Given our country’s continuing employment crisis, our network of 120+ member churches will continue to give away a one-year subscription to our Crossroads Career Workbook with over 100 online resources (a $40 value) to anyone in the country who could benefit.
Go to www.CrossroadsCareer.org/workbook to download our workbook and save to use online or print it out and put in a 3-ring binder. In it you will find a 6-step, 80-page job search and career transition guide with hotlinks, work exercises and devotionals. Plus you can register for free to over 100 career tools, tips and tests to help you find jobs, careers and calling.
We also want to help you personally. There are over 500 volunteers in our member churches leading support/networking groups and putting on workshops. Find one now. Or if there are no churches in your area, you can let your church know about our network.
You are God’s workmanship, and He has created good works so that you may walk in them. Get on your trekking shoes with a few good friends. Seek to hear and follow God’s calling that you may maximize your career in this new world of work.