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Want career change? Tell me your vision!           

Career Change

Are you praying and searching high and low for that perfect job, but are not sure how to get out of your not-so-perfect job? I might just have an answer for your career change issues.

Career ChangeLet me share a secret with you. For years I had a punch bag with the face of Confucius and his gloating lines pinned below, “Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life again”. Well, good for you, Confucius, that you made your successful career change, but your clichés won’t help the many people stuck in a rut and stuck in the wrong job.

Finding your ideal job probably won’t happen overnight, but here are three important steps to help you:

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Job hunting with a difference

Job search with a differenceIt was one of those supremely character-forming days. In my hand was a card for my first Job Centre appointment, and what made it so embarrassing was that I had been a careers adviser at this same Job Centre only a few short weeks ago before losing my job! Phrases such as “physician heal thyself” and “surely it can’t be that difficult to find a job?” churned around inside my skull like the National Lottery balls, and I wondered how long it would take for my lucky numbers to be chosen – and find a new job!

When your back is against the wall – when your credit card bills and your self-esteem need paying off – you simply want a job-search technique that works, and fast! Here are some secrets that real people have used to find work in a very tough job market.

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Know your “enemy” and find a job!

Who you know 1‘Darling’, explained the husband calmly to his wife, ‘God gave all men instinctive navigational skills; that’s why sat-navs are called tom-toms and not Jill-Jills. Trust me, I know where I’m going…’

It was possibly the same driver who made a simple, but significant typing error into his sat nav for their holiday destination. Instead of heading for the golden beaches of Capri they were taken 400 miles off course to the industrial town in Northern Italy of Carpi! Upon arrival at an industrial estate, his wife’s words were never recorded, but it’s quite possible that she had one of Confucius’ quotes to hand: Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

At some stage in our lives many of us may have considered a particular profession, only to pull away in another direction due to lack of information and confidence. Whilst it’s vital to be realistic about our options and to understand what really suits our natural ability, personality and circumstances, it’s equally important that we don’t allow a lack of knowledge and confidence to dictate our next move.

‘Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.’ – Stan Smith

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Excelling at job interviews – and reading through the small print!

Job interivewsThis blog will give some hilarious but must-avoid answers at job interviews, and importantly find out what you have to say to secure that job!

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“How many young, single women work here?”

Incredibly this question was heard not over a pint at your local but during a job interview! It’s easy to have a bad-job interview day – the traffic was bad and you turn up late, your handshake is sweatier than a sweaty thing on a hot day, and to beat it all you can’t string a single sentence together. However, if you prepare properly you stand a good chance of selling yourself effectively during a job interview. If you don’t, no-one else is going to do it for you!

They reckon it takes on average only 60 seconds to make the first impression and selectors often make up their minds about a candidate’s personality within just the first four minutes of an interview. So if you want to avoid some of the following genuine job interview statements and come up trumps at your next job interview, it’s essential to know the small print attached to a job interview!

What NOT to say!

Q. Do you have any questions?  A.“What is your company’s policy on Monday absences?”
Q. Why are you leaving your current job?  A. Because I (expletive) my pants every time I enter the building.”
Q. What are your weaknesses?  A.“I get angry easily and I went to jail for GBH, but I won’t get mad at you.”

Basically, any interviewer wants to establish three key things:

1.    Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?

You need to demonstrate you have the awareness of what is needed in the role. Make sure you know how you fit the essential list of skills laid out in the job description. Once you’ve prepared you will be able to give some killer answers to these sorts of questions:

Q. Tell me about yourself? Q. What are your greatest strengths / weaknesses?
Q. What can you do for us that other candidates can’t? Q. Why do you think you are right for this job?  Q. What do you think the main challenges of the job will be?

2.    Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?

You want to demonstrate that you have thoroughly researched the company, understand its strategy, current performance, structure, market position and products and that you can’t wait to join them. Make sure you’re able to answer some of the following:

Q. What do you know about our company? Q. What do you think our company is aiming to achieve? Q. What do you know about our products and services? Q. Why do you want to work for this company? Q. Why do you think this job is right for you? Q. What motivates you?

3.    Will you fit into the team, culture and company?

This final key question is about your personality, your style and how you as a person would fit into the team and culture of the company. By mapping company culture to your own traits, you can use it to answer questions such as:

Q. How would you describe your work style? Q. How would you describe yourself? Q. How would your colleagues describe you? Q. What makes youthink you would fit into our company? What makes you a good team member?

So good luck with your preparation and make sure you don’t come out with: “The only work I’ve done the last two years is interviews. I’m very good at it.” !

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God’s great plan for your life. A how-to-find-out guide

Radio telescopesThis blog will offer some practical and spiritual ways to discover God’s calling for your life

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Astronomy can teach us a lot about how we can ‘tune’ ourselves into to God – so we can hear Him talk to us.

God’s revelation is like the light spectrum. We can see visible light with our eyes, and a prism will break white light into its constituent spectral colours – of the rainbow. However, visible light represents just a minute portion of what is out there, and to detect the rest of the electromagnetic spectrum, you need specialist tools.

Many of us restrict ourselves to just the ‘visible light’ portion of God’s revelation, without realising that God can chose to speak to us, for example about our career direction, in any number of ways or ‘frequencies’. This blog gives some suggestions to help you detect the ‘beyond-visible -light’ portion of God’s revelation spectrum!

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Knowledge – the foundation of every confident career related decision!

Knowledge

In this blog you will find out how researching career areas will help you make confident decisions in your choice of career.

At some stage in our lives many of us may have considered a particular profession, only to pull away in another direction due to lack of confidence. Whilst it’s vital to be realistic about our options and to understand what really suits our natural ability, personality and circumstances, it’s equally important that we don’t allow a lack of confidence to dictate our next move.

‘Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.

When God called Gideon to sort out Israel’s problems this reluctant hero needed a big confidence boost. To encourage him, God told Gideon (Judges 7 9-10) to go down to the enemy’s camp at night and spy on his foe before attacking them. There’s something about learning about your enemy (or the person or organisation you’re targeting) in advance that gives you a cutting edge in the competition stakes. It certainly worked for Gideon!

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