There are times in your life as in mine when we feel at the end of our resources. Things are out of control, life is full of confusion, the emotional pain (or physical) is overwhelming. Maybe this is your life while you are unemployed and afraid as you engage in a job search.
How can you view your job search with different eyes, so you can find a career that doesn’t feel mundane, and makes you want to get up Monday morning? Here are at least 3 possibilities.
Do you sometimes feel like you are different from everyone you know? Do you sometimes think you are completely out of step with those around you? Does it seem like you are viewing the world from a totally different perspective? That’s not bad, make your job search unique to you and stand out in a crowd.
God is a God of change. He wants you to change. He wants you to grow more to be like His Son. He wants you to see more of how He works in your day-to-day activities. He wants you to see how He works even through unemployment. See how that can happen for you.
Do you find it challenging to stay focused for any period of time on tasks, or discussion, or even prayer? Those specialists that study human factors tell us we are constantly trying to find the balance between boredom and creativity.
Your job search may be like that. When it goes on longer than you think it should, you can lose your focus and skip doing some of the things essential to being effective. So what’s the answer?
What are you qualified for in the job market? Does it seem like you have no job potential, no employable skills? Then you need to consider this…
How is your job search similar to Joseph as he waited to be released from prison by Pharoah? Where was his faith? Where is yours? Do you know what’s going on behind the scenes?
Have you ever looked at your job search as an adventure? It’s quite possible you would have to respond, “Yeah, right!” As in all of life, God desires that your job search be part of life’s adventure. You can join with him to see what he has in-store for you.
They say the best time to get a job is while you still have a job, and I’ve been out of work for a couple of months now. Am I doomed before I even start?”
That idea about getting a job while you have a job has been going around for years, but the practical reality is that the large majority of people don’t start looking until they know they are going to be laid off or have already been laid off. And the vast number of unemployed folks find new positions in a reasonable time from when they apply themselves and understand the process.
If you see your job search as more of a partnership with God in His adventure, as a collaboration requiring your energy and His behind-the-scenes directing, and as an integration of your ingenuity and His power, then you will be able to take the more humble approach recognizing you simply cannot do it on your own.