How Do You Find Direction For Your Job Search?
God has a course mapped out for your life, and all the inadequacies in the world will not change His mind.” – Charles Stanley
Planning for any journey is critical to reaching the destination successfully. You may pull out the road atlas, or study an online map to find the route. You look at the roads to get to your destination, how many miles you can go in a day, and estimate your expenses. Your job search journey takes just such planning. But instead of a road atlas, you must consult your internal GPS.
God’s Positioning System…
Knowing yourself, your skills, and abilities, your goals and aspirations, your strengths and your weaknesses is as important in your job search as knowing what jobs to apply for. That’s what God’s vocational GPS is all about. It’s God’s Positioning System (GPS) for your life and career.
In an earlier blog post, Technical Aspects Of Your Job Search, we learned that a job search is like a three-legged stool. The seat of the stool represents the details from your assessment, and everything that follows is based on those details. Each of the legs on that stool represents one major technical aspect of your search.
John Ortberg, author, speaker, and pastor, relates it this way:.
The word vocation comes from the Latin word for voice. Discovering it involves very careful listening.”
True personal assessment…
A personal assessment is listening to your own inner voice and God’s voice to discover just who you are.
Ortberg quotes author, philosopher, theologian Michael Novak:
We didn’t give ourselves the personalities, talents, or longings we were born with. When we fulfill these – these gifts from beyond ourselves – it is like fulfilling something we were meant to do…something that meshes with the Creator’s intentions for many other people…Even if we don’t always think of it that way, each of us was given a calling—by fate, by chance, by destiny, by God. Those who are lucky have found it.”
God wants you to look at life through new eyes; the eyes that Christ gives you.
The disciples didn’t become fishers of men overnight. Likewise, it will take time for you to become all God has called you to be.
Your current journey to employment is part of that plan. It may not be what you’d have chosen if it had been up to you. But just as God used Joseph’s time in prison, He will use your time of unemployment or underemployment to build you into the person He sees you to be.
This is an excerpt from my book “The Christian Job Search Manual,” click on this link to purchase the book.
If you would like to explore working with a Christian centered Career Coach, Contact me for a no-obligation 60-90 minute job search consultation with America’s Job Searching Coach, or text me at 425-220-0707 and we can discuss your situation, your résumé, what you would like to achieve, and structure your job search to fit your uniqueness.
I am also available to speak to groups.