Job search is one of the toughest spiritual battles you will ever face. The longer I’m in the career management business, the more I am convinced of this truth. There are worse things that can happen to someone, such as the death of a child or a disease, but, along with divorce, job search represents the biggest attack on your ego.
Sitting at home mindlessly applying for jobs on the Internet doesn’t help. In fact, spending an hour or more applying for a job that you know you have less than a one-percent chance of winning only makes matters worse. Depression leads to despair, and despair leads to a downward spiral.
At JobSeekers, we don’t go it alone. We meet each week for learning and fellowship. We share our joys and our struggles. Afterwards, one-third to one-half of us stick around for networking and fellowship; it’s one of my favorite times of the week. Here and elsewhere, I often hear of how you interact with one another throughout the week:
- We support each other one-on-one. One JobSeeker wrote: “I appreciate all the fellowship and support JobSeekers gave me in a time of need. You always had encouraging thoughts, and George was a big help to me also. I had days where I just didn’t think anything was going to happen and there was George with an email to tell me to keep on trucking.”
- We pray for one another. Another wrote: “After I accepted the offer the first thing that popped into my head was all of us together that morning praying for each other in our job search. The power of prayer worked that day for me and my family.”
- We work as a group to inspire one person. A third wrote: “As the meeting started, a peace came over me and felt truly inspired; I’m not alone! I’m not a big loser! This gave me the motivation I needed to get through today. I left the meeting determined to accomplish something today.”
- We give wise counsel to each other. Another wrote: “I cannot thank you enough for the encouragement and help that you have provided. You helped me to get focused on what I wanted to do for a living after months of thinking that I should change careers. In my mind, I was a failure at what I spent my career doing. It was Dave’s seminar that got me to revisit my former employer, and I found that I was not the failure that I believed myself to be.”
- We trade job leads. We’ve had dozens of people get a good job close to home because one JobSeeker referred another to a specific job. This includes former JobSeekers targeting and hiring current JobSeekers.
Things like this happen all the time.
Philippians 2:4 says, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.” We are not asked to go through trials like career transition alone. In fact, it is for these types of challenges that we are encouraged to develop communities of believers who are able to support our needs and to contribute to the needs of others.
See you Friday at JobSeekers, where we are a band of brothers and sisters in Christ!