The Bible has a lot to say about your Job Search.
Take Matthew 7:7 for example:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
In this and the following verses, Jesus is talking about a loving heavenly Father that will provide “good gifts” to those who ask him.
Now does that mean we will get what we ask for? You should know the answer is “Not Always.”
If you have children, you love them without conditions too, but do not always give them what they ask for.
You say, “Well if God is all knowing, he knows what I will ask for and what I need, so why doesn’t he just provide.” There is no simple answer to this question, but you cannot just sit and wait for the Lord to do for you. He does expect you to act; Ask, Seek and Knock.
In a Job Search
So, in your Job Search these three elements are critical throughout the process.
- When networking with other people, you need to ask if they know of anyone looking for a solution provider that will help a company grow…like yourself.
- Asking friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors, for help is working your FRAN network. And you need to ask continually. They have busy lives too and asking just once, they will forget about you. Keep them updated on the progress of your search.
- Asking people in your social networks is just as important. Finding out inside information on a company you may be interviewing with, checking out different geographic areas through groups, asking a connection to forward your cover letter and resume, perhaps with a recommendation to a hiring manager, are all good steps.
- In the interview, you need to ask great questions about the company.
- And when you get the offer, you need to ask if there is anything more. Not in those terms, but negotiate salary and benefits. If you don’t ask, the answer is “no.”
- You seek by getting out from your home and your computer and move into networking in the real world. No longer can you simply send in an application and land a job. That may still happen, but your odds are against you on this.
- You seek more information about companies you may like to work for, then ask for Informational Interviews.
- One of the most overlooked tactics today is simply knocking on the door of a company you might like to work for and asking them about positions your solutions providing skills can help solve a problem. People that take initiatives are more likely viewed as innovative and could be an asset to a company. They may make a position just for you.
- And above all do not “knock” your former employer. Hiring managers will think you will do the same even while working for them.
These are just a few examples how this verse in the Bible can provide insight and also God’s diving help in your job search.
I know this to be true in the few times I have been in career transition. It is not fun, but is certainly a refining moment where things can and will be better once the next phase of your journey has started.
If you are upright and vertical, have not assumed room temperature, God is not done with you on earth.
So, get busy, “Ask, Seek, and Knock.”