Job Search And God With A Buzz.

Most who know me, know what I do.  Increasingly I get asked to say a prayer for “Joe” because he lost his job, and is having great difficulty finding work.  Fine, be glad to, but what exactly should I pray for, and what exactly is “Joe” doing physically, mentally, and  spiritually to land his next job?

I’ve been agitating my better half, Linda for well over forty years with this reasoning. I’ll be asked to pray for “John” who is in a great deal of pain, and ask that God remove this suffering.  OK, should I pray for “John’s” improved health or…”John’s” death?  If the prayer is answered, either outcome is possible. Further, what is “John” doing to ensure a positive outcome?  If I’m praying, and John is still smoking, I’m not so sure prayer will be particularly helpful.  Prayer of any type, including that related to job search needs to be specific, and those praying and looking for work need to hold up their end of the bargain.  You can pray to win the lottery, but you won’t win it if you don’t buy a ticket.

God wants us to work, and in fact the words “work” and “toil” are mentioned over 480 times in the bible.  So unless you’re like me, asleep in church… that is a pretty strong indicator that God considers our work to be a very important aspect of our lives. There is much throughout the bible that supports the importance of our work to God as well as wisdom and perspective about our work, the importance of our work, and how we should conduct ourselves while performing our work.  That also applies to the unemployed because your job or work now is find a job or work.

Below you’ll find some scripture to incorporate into thought or prayer, and a practical career transition process step for the various stages of job loss and successful re-employment.

Fired:  The Prayer.

  • We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.    ~Romans 5:3-5

Fired:  The Process.

  • We’re all Temps. The bad news is you’ll lose this job. The good news is you could meet me. The best news is you’ll get another job with or without someone in my line of work. If you’re not lucky enough to meet me here are some actions that will help minimize the tissue and save a tree. What balderdash!”  The first 48 hours, paying attention to detail, and dreaming…Link.

Layoff & Family:  The Prayer.

  • This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for each other.   ~John 3:16.
  • And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. ~ Hebrews 10:24.
Layoff & Family:  The Process.
  • Losing a job causes the entire family to feel a loss of security. As job hunters take steps to address the fear by actively searching for a new position, they rely on family members for support. However, being in the cheering section but not in the game itself causes a unique sense of helplessness. The partner who is not doing the researching, networking or interviewing has many of the concerns but none of the power. If the job hunter withdraws from or takes a partner’s support for granted, stress can build…Link.
Career Planning:  The Prayer.
  • For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  ~Matthew 6:21.
Career Planning:  The Process.
  • The reality is that in all likelihood you will leverage your previous successes and experiences to land your next opportunity within a similar career lane.  That is not necessarily a bad  thing given that you will probably be more attractive and offer a greater value proposition to prospective employers.  However, this can be a time for exploration.  Relocation to a different area, getting involved with a new or less mature product, and even becoming an entrepreneur are all possibilities.  You may be tired what I have to say so check out the Free Management’s Library on Career Planning…Link.
Networking:  The Prayer.
  • The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.  ~Exodus 18:18
Networking:  The Process.
  • It’s not who or what you know.  So, I’m listening to our sales guy discussing his network and patting himself on the back with comments like “it’s not what you know, but who you know.”  Balderdash!  I reminded him that “it is not what you know, or who you know, but who knows you. If a company needs to talk to an outplacement firm, they call the one they know, not the one that knows them… Link.
  • Job Search, Social Media & Personal Branding With A Buzz…Link.
  • Leverage LinkedIn With A Buzz…Link.
  • RSS Feeds & Job Search With A Buzz…Link.
  • BlogTalkRadio & Job Search With A Buzz…Link. 
  • OPI Video on “Off-line” Networking…Link.
Interviewing:  The Prayer.
  • May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us– yes, establish the work of our hands.  ~Psalm 90:17.
Interviewing:  The Process.
  • You need to think of each interview question as an opportunity to demonstrate your value through an accomplishment or strength. Every response must build towards ensuring that the interviewer is left with no option other than to advance you to the next step in the process, whether that be  another interview or a job offer. For the most part the inexperienced interviewer will be the one that asks the questions that will create the highest degree of discomfort for you.  Below you’ll find some tips on how to handle these situations….Link.
  • OPI Video on interviewing…Link.
Salary Negotiations:  The Prayer.
  • The Lord demands fairness in every business deal; he sets the standard.  ~Proverbs 16:11
Salary Negotiations:  The Process.
  • Negotiating salary is a process, and employers expect to negotiate. You can actually hurt yourself by not negotiating because the employer may begin to question your level of professional business acumen. Now, the goal is not to win, but to arrive at a mutually agreeable outcome. Use these tips in your negotiations….Link.
I cannot guarantee you that using thinking along these lines, praying, or using these strategies will land you a job, but I can guarantee that thinking along these lines, praying, and using these strategies will make for a more peaceful home and heart during the process of career transition.
I’ve been laid off four times in my career, and have been dependent on a sales outside of my control for the last twenty years, and this bit of Matthew has allowed me peace.
  • So do not worry, saying “What shall we eat” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?”  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you will need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  ~Matthew 6:31-33
Buzz smith is SR Curmudgeon & VP Consulting Services.  OPI National Outplacement and Career Transition Services Located in Knoxville, Tennessee.  865-531-9154.

About Buzz Smith

Welcome. My name is Charles “Buzz” Smith and I’m the SR Curmudgeon of Consulting Services at OPI National Outplacement. My role, in addition to agitating our sales personnel, and consultants is to take the lead on delivering outplacement and career transition services that are effective. I blog about career stuff when my wife of 40 years, Linda banishes to the garden.

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