I was working as the head of IT Infrastructure at a medium size medical device company. Everything was going great. I had an awesome team and great coworkers. This all changed when the company was acquired. About six months after the acquisition, I started looking for new opportunities and found a great one. I wanted to take some time off between jobs, so I gave my notice at my current employer with the expectation that I would take a couple of months and then join the new company. I am usually very risk adverse, but I had faith that God had things taken care of. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned and the opportunity fell through. I learned that my idea of faith and Gods idea of faith are very different.
Following the realization that I was now unemployed and needed to find a job, I knew I needed to network, but didn’t know how. I started looking at different websites and talked with former managers. I also knew that I needed to be focused on God as I went through this journey. I was looking at my church’s website and came across a group called Crossroads Career Network. After looking at the website, I noticed an option for an 8-week job search training class and felt that this would be a great option for me. I reached out to the leader and joined the class.
The Power of Connecting with Others
The class was well organized and the workbook provided excellent guidance for performing a job search. The best part of the class was the interactions with the leader and other people in the class. It was nice to be in a supportive environment where everyone was dealing with similar challenges. While I learned quite a bit in the class, the greatest benefit for me was being able to help others.
A key part of my job search has been growing my trust in God and his plans for me. I have gone back and forth on trusting in Gods plans. A key verse that has helped me as I have gone through this journey comes from the Gospel of Mark. Mark 9:24 – Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief”. I think this represents the challenge of anyone who is trying to grow in their faith. As I make this journey, I am believing more and unbelieving less.
James Gillett lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota with his wife. They have a daughter in graduate school. His career has been in IT and he recently landed a new role that he’ll be starting soon.