Monday, June 11, 2012

48 Days: Search

Hello Everyone!

It's been awhile but I've been busy lately. I have been trying my best to keep up with this and I've been doing pretty good but haven't had time to blog about it. So let's get started!

The book has been talking about job search techniques and how looking in the paper or job sites are the worst way to find a job. The best way is to find a company that you like and contact people that have the power to hire you. You keep contacting them but not an annoying amount, once a week until you get an interview with them or they tell you to stop. The next best way is to use friends and family to get you into the company they work for. They know about jobs before anyone else, most jobs are open to current employees before they offer it to the public.

He has also been giving more tips on resumes and cover letters. I will post mine on here soon once I get it finished. It is hard coming up with all the things you are good at. There are a lot of things you don't think of like problem solving, people skills, and some other areas you don't really think of for putting on a resume. Well now for questions!

1. Are some job markets more secure than others?
Some are more secure but doesn't mean it is a better job. I can't see fast food places closing any time soon and they are always hiring, that doesn't mean you want to work there for the rest of your life. There are many job markets that will be secure but they are usually factory and production type work. Most of the office and technology jobs are always changing. This doesn't mean there bad to work for, it just means you need to be ready for constant change. This all really depends on a lot of factors too, everything is changing so it's hard to say what will be stable and what won't.

2. What are the best places to look for new opportunities in today's workplace.
The best place to find work is through t the company itself. You should find the companies that you would want to work for. Then you should write, email, and call someone with the power to hire you there. If they like you enough they will hire you even if they were not looking for someone at the time.

3. What are the biggest mistakes you've made in the past in looking for positions?
I would say how I have been looking for them in general. I look at job sites and only pick the ones that say I can do. Job sites are almost useless, unless you catch the ad right when it comes out you don't really stand a chance and even if you do your chances are very small.

4. How do you feel about "promoting" yourself?
I hate doing this! Even though I know it's good and what you are supposed to do when looking for a job, it still seems like I'm trying to brag about myself.

5. How do you know when to change jobs or careers?
There are a lot of reasons why you would need to change. If you have hit a dead end in the job, you either want a higher position or a raise but they won't give it to you. You may want a higher level job that company doesn't offer. You may also not like the people or environment that you work in.

6. How should we apply the principles found in Colossians 3:23-24 as workers in this day and time?
Well I will be nice and post the verse so you don't have to look it up! Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
You should look at you're work not as I have to do this to make money but instead as I'm doing this work for God. That might sound a bit strange but try to think of it as your doing it in a way to improve the world and show his love. That also sounds kind of confusing but it is hard to explain. Say you work at McDonalds, you do your job the best you can and do it for God then you will make everyone around you happier and God will be pleased that you are doing your best even if it isn't the best job. That still really doesn't explain it but hopefully you get the idea.

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