Out of work? Struggling in your current job? There’s hope for you!

It is possible to find enjoyable, fulfilling work. Dave Ramsey, financial business leader writes: “No matter what shape the economy is in, it’s important to be in a career you love. If you are just working a J-O-B, then you’re going to be unhappy.” And according to the Gallup Poll: “The percentage of U.S. workers in 2015 who Gallup considered engaged in their jobs averaged 32%. The majority (50.8%) of employees were ‘not engaged,’ while another 17.2% were ‘actively disengaged.’ ” In essence, the average American employee lives for Fridays.

To contrast, we read throughout the Bible several mentions to our daily work as a good thing! King Solomon, the wise author of Ecclesiastes, wrote these words: Every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God” (Ecc. 3:13). The apostle Paul reminds us in Colossians 3:22 that, “Whatever you do, do your work whole heartedly as for the Lord rather than for men.” We find hope in God’s designs for us where we read in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

 

Four Critical Steps Before Beginning Your Next Job Search:

  1. Realize that God has a plan for your work. Discovering His will for your vocation will be freeing and invigorating!
  1. Identify and align the following things to find the work you love: Your skills, talents, abilities, personality traits, values, dreams, and passions.
  1. Identify your top five strengths by reading Tom Rath’s Strengths Finder 2.0 (https://www.amazon.com/StrengthsFinder-2-0-Tom-Rath/dp/159562015X). You will love working in a job that uses your strengths!
  1. Understand these eighty-five percent rules for job searching:
    1. Eighty-five percent of the effort to find a job occurs before you start looking.
    2. Eighty-five percent of all available jobs are not advertised.
    3. Eighty-five percent of all jobs are found through networking.
    4. Eighty-five percent of the time you will be hired because they like you, and not because of your resume.

Go forth with passion, determination, self-discipline, and faith to find the job you love! Henry Ford once said, “Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.” You can do it!!