With the challenging economic climate, it is imperative you are prepared to launch a focused, purpose-filled job search. To ensure your Christian job search is linked to self-discovery rather than frustration, follow these simple steps.
1. Make a list of your goals and career priorities (things you value or feel strongly about within your career or work environment). Some people place a high priority on a career that offers a flexible (or structured) work schedule, long-term job security, task diversity, or a high paying salary. Your completed list will help you determine your core values and guide you in your job search.
2. Spend time researching organizations then only focus on those companies that line up with your values. You can use Google or your local library to find out information on companies or specific industries. Be sure to locate a company directory so you can address your résumé and cover letter to the appropriate person.
3. Prepare yourself with an up-to-date résumé that is specific to the employer’s needs. Do not send out a general résumé or one that is focused on what you want. Take a little extra time to tailor your document toward how your skills will meet the employer’s needs. Always follow the employer’s specific posting instructions and, if it is a cold call, address your inquiry directly to the decision maker rather than the human resources department.
4. Outline a plan of action. How will you conduct your search? Will you answer classified advertisements, post your résumé online, attend job fairs, and /or send your information snail mail? Each will require a different strategy. Spend a specific amount of time each day on your search and always have your home answering machine and voicemail greetings set up correctly. You never know when opportunity will knock, don’t get caught off guard. Take the time to have everyone in the family prepared with appropriate an appropriate phone greeting and answers to questions.
5. Always thank the interviewer for their time and confirm your interest in the position via a follow-up letter. Be sure to customize each letter toward specifics discussed during the interview. Just saying “thank you” is not enough. Don’t pass up the opportunity to show your attention to detail, further demonstrate how you can provide solutions, and lend expertise on overcoming obstacles and challenges.
By taking the time to conduct research, tailor your résumé, and outline a plan of action, you will be laying a solid foundation that will help you avoid the frustrations usually associated with a job search. Your purpose filled search will give you the edge when interviewing by allowing you to express your interest in the company and focusing the discussion on how your skills match their particular needs.
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Tammy Shoup, CPRW
Tammy Shoup, CPRW is a Christian Resume Writer dedicated to helping Pastoral Candidates, Ministry Workers, and Christian Job Seekers launch a successful job search campaign. She is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), Member of the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and National Résumé Writer’s Association. She is also a past member of the Christian Writer’s Guild.