Christian Counseling; Job Searching?

So, you are considering or looking for employment, despite our economic conditions! Good for you! Here are a few important points that may help you land not only the job suited to you, but the job you want. 


MOTIVATION.  What lies underneath your desire to find a decent job? Is it just to pay the bills, purchase things on your wish list, because one is supposed to, or to establish a sense of security?  Or is it to meet emotional needs for satisfaction and self-growth or to contribute to the betterment of a company or society? Understanding one's motivation(s) affects interest, which affects outcome. Further, an employer will eventually see what motivates you and, as a result, will impact your future with the company.  

 

INTEREST.  Self-understanding of career interests and aptitude are important. There are many interest/aptitude tests available to help narrow your search by any number of qualified and unqualified people you can find on the Internet and locally. Doctoral level counselors are most frequently trained in this area and, in my opinion, are a good choice to turn to for an evaluation or testing. 



To help sift out your interests you can also visit www.bls.gov/ooh, which provides the government's current Occupational Outlook Handbook. It covers topics, such as: job descriptions, requirements, wages, employment projections, databases, etc.    


It is also important to grasp the direct connection of interest and aptitude to personality.  For example, a reserved individual is not likely to pursue a sales position or an extrovert a quiet, thinking desk job. Those with a tendency toward being critical and/or protective and have a strong sense of right and wrong may be interested in teaching or law enforcement. Another aspect in consideration of personality is your ideal self. If you are personal growth-oriented, the person you seek to become needs to be understood in light of your job or career choice. There needs to be a good fit between self-concept and employment today and a consideration for their fit in the future.


INTERVIEWING.  Many are cautious or fearful of the interviewing process. However, there are a few things one can do to reduce unwanted and interfering emotions. Having a plan and being prepared aids in developing confidence. Before interviewing with the companies where you want to be employed, interview with two or three companies where you don't really care if you are hired or not. This reduces one's anxiety, expectations and threat of potential loss. Besides one can learn much about the interviewing process and become skilled at it for the job that really counts. 


Also, interviewing is a two-way street. You should be vocal about interviewing the company. Be prepared to ask a few questions about them--their needs, goals, expectations for you, what they offer employees, how the company could benefit your career development, advancement opportunities, company policies, details about job description, expectations regarding working beyond nine to five., etc.  Know something about the company's history, goals, and products or services, and let them know you know through your statements and questions.


Be prepared to answer plainly, honestly and without a sense of superiority what you can bring to the company--what your talents, skills, and relevant experience can do for them. Moderately tooting your own horn is not only appropriate, but necessary. After all, you are selling YOU to someone who doesn't know you. Be sure to present yourself as separate or unique from those competing for the same position. 


In your search for self-understanding and a suitable job, may the Lord give you insight and knowledge and direct your path through your networking (many desirable jobs are never advertised, you have to know someone who knows about a job opening).    

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