Do You Consider Your Job Search a Group Effort?
or Do You Think You Need To Do It On Your Own?
“Carry each other’s burdens,
and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ…
for each one should carry their own load.”
– Gal. 6:2,5
We like to pride ourselves in being independent.
The song from years ago, “I Did It My Way,” is our mantra.
The pioneer in early American history is our hero.
What we often fail to realize is that those pioneers were independent but not loners. They did not cross the western frontier alone; they would never have survived. They did so in a band: some small, others large. But they always linked up with others because that western territory was hostile; the inhabitants were hostile, the climate was hostile, the terrain was hostile. And there was safety in numbers. What they couldn’t do alone, they could in a small group.
What was true then is true now in your job search. You cannot do it alone. You can be independent, but not a loner. You need others to review your résumé, to provide job leads, to offer advice, to be referrals. A job search is indeed a group effort.
Even as these verses say, there are some burdens (Greek word means light load you can carry alone) that aren’t that heavy and you can handle; while there are other loads (Greek word means, too heavy to carry alone) that you must have help with. A job search is one of those you need others to help with.
Reviewing Your Résumé
There’s a lot of work you can do on your own, like the first draft of your résumé. But when done, you need others to review it and provide feedback. Someone told me she had re-written her résumé over a thousand times and so she didn’t need others to review it.
The problem with that, as I told her, is that it’s still written from her perspective. The words were her choice, the approach was hers, it was her way of organizing it, and what was included was her decision. Others might see it very differently and offer alternatives she hadn’t considered.
Maybe you’re in the same place. You’ve tweaked your résumé hundreds of times and you’re tired of tweaking. But you need both the affirmation and the validation for what you’ve done, and you also need the feedback and perspective on how to improve it.
Think of the confidence you will have in your résumé when one of your reviewers says, “Wow! That’s really good. I see you in these sheets and I would hire you!”
You are good because God made you. He gifted you with skills, abilities, and experience, and that’s why your résumé is a version of His story told through your life.
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Father Creator, thank you for the mystery of me. Help me to appreciate the views others provide that show me the real me you made.
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