Sometimes, we get stuck in life situations and we need to be rescued.
Today I got my last of the severance checks. I’m on my own now. I have reasons to worry.
Yet, God wanted me to get the message – Dont’ Worry! Trust Me.
I read several devotionals each morning it’s my time with God trying to get a line on what and where He want’s me to do.
The first one is from David Jeremiah:
I call to you, LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you.~Psalm 88:9b
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. ~Philippians 4:6-9
With the final paragraph reading:
The more we fill our heart and mind with godly prayer and meditation, the less room there will be for worry.
The I pick up 365 Days of WWJD and get:
“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” ~Matthew 6:27
“For those of us of restless heart, we must put aside our quest for peace and simply do what Jesus would do. Avoid Turmoil. Cherish inner renewal. Give God time. Love much. Peace will be the result.” (Dec. 15)
Joyce Meyer’s Hearing from God each Morning reassured me that Jesus is my friend:
You are my friends if you do what I command.~JOHN 15:14
You have a personal relationship with God; He’s your friend.
Ending with today’s Our Daily Bread: A Supporting Role
Thank You Lord, I got the message.
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Originally posted 11/2010
Yay! I’m employed! After 2 years! Finally! And I got it through NETWORKING!
Here’s what I did.
After the last rejection after a second interview, I decided to reach out to my network. I had nothing to lose. I hadn’t done it before because I didn’t want to bother people. I guess that stems from trying to be self-sufficient. But after 2 years of being unemployed, I needed help.
So I sent an email message (the text is below) describing 3 positions, with 3 resumes attached to all of my Phoenix friends in my email address book. On LinkedIn, I sent it to 50 of my Phoenix contacts with a link to my LinkedIn profile.
I’ve been attending meetings regularly at the Employment Network (now CareerConnectors) at North Phoenix Baptist Church for close to a year. I meet a lot of different people there. A few months ago, I met Ginger Korljan. She got my email through LinkedIn and replied that I should call her that she had a lead for me.
Turned out that lead was her husband, Bob, who’s a financial advisor and had been considering hiring a marketing person. Perfect. He hadn’t advertised the job so I was the only candidate. I sold myself, prepared a marketing plan in a slide show and I got the job. I start Monday.
I can only thank God for this opportunity because everything just seemed to fall into place. I guess a big thanks goes to Ginger too.
So, if you’ve been hesitating reaching out to your network, stop and just do it. I would have never found out about the position otherwise.
Text of the email message. I used BCC to hide email addresses.
Subject: Reaching out to my network
I’m reaching out to my network in hopes that somebody out there knows of a full-time, permanent or long-term temporary position somewhere in the Phoenix Valley for me. Attached are three versions of my resume for the following positions:
Marketing/Communications Manager: creating, planning, implementing, monitoring, managing, analyzing and reporting multi-channel marketing projects including Internet, social media, web site administrating, SEO, special events, broadcast, direct mail, press releases, blogging and email campaigns.
Website Design and E-commerce Specialist – setting up and maintaining websites and e-commerce shopping carts, Internet marketing including SEO, blogging and social media.
Social Media / Social Content Manager, Coordinator or Specialist – managing social networking including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, blogs, websites and SEO.
My portfolio is available at: www.giselleaguiar.com with links to my blogs and samples of my work.
Feel free to pass this information on to anyone who may be hiring or knows of someone who is.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.~Philippians 4:6
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PS. I’ve found since then that Ginger had noticed me on LinkedIn by my postings even before we met in person at the Employment Network meeting.
So don’t be shy. Get on LinkedIn, set up your profile, join groups, post messages, comment. Get yourself known. Start a blog about what you know in Worpress.com and link it to your LinkedIn profile and write short blurbs. Post often and promote them in your Twitter and Facebook pages.
People like to help people. You just have to ask.
Soli Deo Gloria
Update: 5/5/2013: I was laid off of this position in 11/2011. It was a blessing in disguise. I knew I couldn’t go through another 2 years of unemployment so I decided to take the same time, energy and effort that I would use to get a job that paid $15/hour to start my own business. Over a year later, I’m a respected, social media consultant and I’m self-sufficient. I grow my business through networking.
Job hunting isn’t even like what it was 3 years ago.
It’s a buyer’s market out there. That means that for each position advertised, recruiters, h.r. managers and potential employers get thousands of resumes. They have their pick and they’re going to take their time and find the person that best fits the position.
It takes time to sort through them and narrow down the search to 3-5 people whom they’d like to personally interview. Many use automated software to sort the resumes and pull the ones that have 80% of the keywords matching the job description. In other words, to get noticed, you must edit your resume to match the job description including your “objective” or title. The title should be the same or close the job title that is posted.
I’ve been at this for over a year. Makes me think back at all the job interviews and what I did wrong.
Last night I attended the Employment Network Group at North Phoenix Baptist Church and the speaker Zena Contreras, a former recruiter, gave an eye-opening presentation.
What struck me the most was when she said that in this economy it’s not the time to “reinvent yourself” – that is change careers or try something new. If you don’t have experience in a particular industry, like medical or architectural/engineering/construction (A/E/C), someone with that specific industry experience will be chose over you. Even if you have lots of “transferable skills”.
The speaker last week said, “If you’re sending resumes and not getting interviews, then there’s something wrong with your resume. If you’re getting interviews and not getting job offers, then there’s something wrong with your interviewing skills.
If you get a interview, you’re halfway to getting the job.
Recruiters scan each resume in 10 seconds. If the top 2 inches of your resume doesn’t catch their attention, forget it. You’re in the reject pile.
From the time you apply for a job till they get to review the resumes, you have 1 to 2 weeks. Zena said NOT to call the recruiter. Send a note instead – by postal mail. They are more likely to see your name and then purposefully look for your resume.
Besides knowing someone who works at that company, that’s the best tactic. Use LinkedIn.com to find the name of the recruiter or hiring manager. You need to become a detective. If you don’t have your profile set up on LinkedIn, do it now! LinkedIn also has groups to join to get leads and networking advice as well as job postings.
No matter where you are, there are agencies out there that offer free services from resume building, resume reviews, interview skills, networking, online job search hints. Goodwill is one of them.
And if you’re not computer/tech/Internet savvy, take classes. The public libraries offer free computer classes. This is not time to be “behind the times”. There are a lot of younger, tech savvy people competing for the same jobs as we folks over 40.
Next week I’m taking a class on dealing with the “generation gap”. I once was interviewed by a gal who easily was only 20 years old. Gee, when she was in kindergarten, I was starting my own business.
Having a positive attitude is not easy, but essential. I know I blew an interview when I answered the classic, “where do you see yourself in 5 years” wrong. I said, “It’s hard for me to do that since 5 years ago, I wouldn’t have dreamed that I would be in AZ.” When I first lost my job, I was angry and that anger translated into aggressiveness during the job interview.
The answer should be something like, “I hope to be still with this company in a position of greater responsibility.” And it’s not supposed to sound “canned”. You’ve got to make it your own. You may not be asked that, but it’s good to have an answer prepared.
There’s so much more – I could write a book – No, Wait! Someone already did: “What Color is Your Parachute?” It’s full of great advice.
I wrote this last week with other resources including some great bible verses.
Listen to this song, by Sidewalk Prophets and take the words of the chorus to heart:
Be strong in the Lord
And never give up hope.
You’re gonna do great things
I already know.
God’s got His hand on You
So don’t live life in fear.
Forgive and forget
But don’t forget why you’re here.
Take your time and pray
These are the words I would say
Soli Deo Gloria