For Christians on a mission, it's important to add to your learning in How to Land the Perfect Job. The following tips are taken from decades of experience not only in the staffing industry but also as someone who has looked for the perfect job and interviewed others looking for that perfect job. Here are tips to ensure you land the perfect job.
Tip #1 There is no such thing as a perfect job
You might be saying, “Shawn, I know there is such a thing as the perfect job because I have friends who have them and they are very happy.” You may have even had a perfect job yourself, at one time. I’m here to tell you it wasn’t the job that was perfect…it was your attitude. You told yourself much supporting evidence to confirm you were in the right place, making the right money, working for the right manager. This is known as confirmation bias. The truth is, God puts us exactly where we are supposed to be at just the right time, every time…even if the job doesn’t seem so amazing at first. Consider the power of gratitude and look for how you can transform your thinking in order to transform your life. A great job is waiting for you. (And you may even be in it right now.)
Tip #2 God is with you – ask for wisdom
This is such a prominent theme in the scriptures I won’t write out the passages but I will give you a few of my favorites as a reference. Read these often and take them with you on the journey to finding a great new role. God is with you as you search. See Joshua 1:9, Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 23:4, Zephaniah 3:17) And don’t forget to ask Him for wisdom along the way (James 1:5).
Tip #3 It’s a numbers game
In my three-part blog “Career Breakthroughs: Is Prayer Enough?” [ here ] I discuss the importance of Asking, Seeking and Knocking. I show how this teaching from Jesus demonstrates activity, vigilance and focused effort. Too many times we Christians sit and wait for God to drop something out of the sky into our lap. We let fear take control as we tell ourselves things like “there are not enough jobs out there,” or “I don’t have the skill set to demand a higher salary,” or “the only way to get into this company is if you know someone,” or “no-one is going to hire an executive who just got fired,” etc. These thoughts don’t serve you well. Look for the job you want knowing that God has given us an abundant and massive economic marketplace. Not only is there something ideal waiting for you, there are dozens of ideal opportunities. Go get one being vigilant in looking and applying to many, many job opportunities. Don't job apply to one and hope for the best.
Tip #4 Be energetic and confident throughout the interview process
Warren Buffet is one of the most prolific entrepreneurs of all time. He says one of the most important qualities he looks for when interviewing someone is a high level of energy. Companies want professionals who are confident and energetic steering their ship. Be confident as you look for the right career. Use great eye contact. Give a firm handshake. Smile as you meet each new interviewer. Sit up straight. Show them you are excited to be there with them.
Tip #5 Use the best resource available – the internet
Google is your friend. Ask for help. (It can be a different search engine other than Google of course - I am just using this one as a reference point.) Type any question you have about anything related to anything and you will get some great results to help you. If you are not sure where to start searching for a job, type it into Google, “Where do I start searching for a job?” If you want to know the best ways to network that will improve success in finding that perfect job, type it into Google, “How do I network to increase my chances of getting a job?” If you want the best resume possible, type it into Google, “What’s the best resume format available?” People everywhere successfully changed careers and have written a ton of information about it. There are books and blogs and papers and articles galore. This is Seeking in the Ask-Seek-Knock directive from Jesus.
Tip #6 Make sure your image is attractive
When I say attractive I don’t mean in a sexual way. I am talking about making sure your brand (how you appear professionally to the world) is a quality brand in all the ways you want quality from the products you use. Make LinkedIn and your resume sharp and clean (and that includes a quality photo). Take down any posts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Vine, Flickr, Google+ etc.) that paint you in a negative light (although as Christians this should not be that difficult.) Ask people for feedback on how you come across in person and on line. Dress professionally with modesty and clothing that not only fits but is current.
Tip #7 Use a tracking tool
Knowing it’s a numbers game means it can get pretty confusing trying to keep every application, reference or network connection straight. Use a simple system that works for you. Track the jobs you want by company name, job title, date you applied, where you found the job, link to the job description and notes about the job. Since I always recommend electronic tools, this can be done using Excel, Google Docs, OneNote, Word, Pages, Ever Note etc. When you start getting call-backs, you can quickly reference all the details you need. Try this one template example [ here ].
Tip #8 Consider a Career Transition Coach
This is not a shameless plug for Motivationeer™. This is a reminder that coaching is not just for athletes and musicians. There are people like me who are experts at helping people like you ensure success. As a Christian Executive Coach I keep the focus on God’s plan and honoring Christ throughout the journey. The return on your investment, especially when looking for a new job, will be easy to calculate too. If you are interested, select the email address below my signature and send me a note.
Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory, because of your love and your faithfulness!
Shawn Sommerkamp is a motivational speaker and Executive Coach with 20+ years of Fortune 100 leadership experience. He founded Motivationeer™ to coach Christian professionals how to use their career to glorify God and support local church growth.
Shawn Sommerkamp, speaking to the Charleston Church of Christ at the New Year's Eve church service Dec 31, 2017.
Targeted goal-setting is powerful and effective. It helps us keep clarity of outcome. Breaking big desires down into smaller, achievable goals makes success achievable. The biggest challenges are overcome as we make a series of small goals that, collectively, lead to big outcomes.
And yet, just setting a bunch of goals can often be discouraging when we don’t reach them. Ever wonder why we often fall short? It’s because the goals weren’t smart! I’m not talking about whether the goals are stupid or intelligent either. I’m talking about a simple way of thinking about an activity designed to help us achieve results. It’s called S.M.A.R.T. and it stands for the following:
It’s early January.
The Holidays are over.
It can feel like we go from the ‘The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ to the most challenging time of the year.
A more appropriate lyric, now that it is time to make resolutions & get back to work, could be one of the following…
‘It’s The Most:
- Crazy busy
- Cash poor
- Weight Gaining
…Time Of The Year.’`
It’s not that you are
You want to enjoy it, but
it can feel more like “I just want to get through it.”
Although your MIND knows that God’s will for you (according to 1 Th 5:16-18) is to:
“Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances…”
...your HEART can lag behind & this simple command can seem overwhelming.
Sometimes you can put your finger on what’s dragging you down & other times it’s more elusive ~ not really sure what’s keeping things from being ‘Wonderful’.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
Give thanks, no matter what is happening in your life. This is easy…right?
A national polling firm named Penn, Schoen, & Berland conducted a survey, mid-2012, evaluating American attitude toward thankfulness. They conducted more than 2,000 interviews across the US general population. I’m only going to share a few pieces of the overall report:
Where is the one place people are least likely to express gratitude? WORK
Based on this survey, that hardest circumstance to give thanks exists in and around the workplace. Isn’t that amazing? The place we spend the most waking hours (about 2,200 hours per year, about 110,000 hours in working lifespan) we aren’t thankful for. Wow!
The truth is our career is not just a way to make a living - it’s a way to transform the world. It’s the place God placed us so that we could make the biggest difference in our service to him.
Do you remember when these 3D-Hidden Object posters
came out? They were quite the RAVE…
They were not what they appeared to be at first glance… If you wanted to understand what the poster was really about, you had to stop what you were doing, get real close to it – focus on it, and back away very slowly… and then – like magic – 3D images would appear / seemingly emerge right off of the paper (3D effect). The embedded 3D images were disguised and hidden to the untrained/unfocused eyes.
Some people (me included sometimes) would get frustrated if we could not see the 3D images fast enough – some were easier than others… and missed the ‘magic’ of the poster.