Psychology of the Job Search: Emotions at Play  

Our emotions play a significant role in our job transitions, yet I’ve not seen many people paying close attention to this topic as they enter into a job search. Most of the time, they’re focused on resume verbiage, interview preparation, networking, and filling out applications. All good items to work on, but without proper focus on the emotional side of the …

Calling versus Career: What’s the difference and does it matter?

Along with many of the people I’ve encountered going through job transition, after Arthur Andersen imploded years ago, I was praying earnestly to find a job where I could:  You see, I had been in a job at Arthur Andersen that hit all the bullets listed. I thought Arthur Andersen would be the last employer I’d ever work for. My career …

Why Do You Get Up in the Morning?

In my corporate career, I worked for two very large organizations: Arthur Andersen and UnitedHealth Group. With the intent of an organizational construct, we found it important to align our people around the purpose of “why” we are here. We spent a great deal of time working to make our mission and values come alive and to be reflected in …

Peace During the Holidays

Peace! Don’t we all want to be at peace? I do. Most people think they’ll attain peace when they achieve whatever it is they want to achieve so they can stop worrying about whatever it was they were worrying about. They think they’ll be at peace when: The challenge is, when peace is based on a circumstance, you might only …

How Deep is Your Relationship with God?

As we’ve been preparing for the release of a new workbook, Hear God Calling You: A Biblical and Practical Approach to Discerning Your Calling and Finding Career Fulfillment, we’ve mentioned that it’s filled with practical exercises designed to help you apply the concepts to your life. Today I’ll be sharing with you two of those exercises to give you a …

How is Your Calling like a Rowboat?

What if I told you that living out your calling from God is like rowing a boat?  That’s because there are actually two main aspects of hearing God calling that function together and must be kept in balance. That’s why teachers and theologians often make a distinction between “primary calling” and “secondary calling.”  Primary Calling A great definition of primary …

Not Just Hearing, But Doing

Last week we announced that our new workbook,  Hear God Calling You: A Biblical and Practical Approach to Discerning Your Calling and Finding Career Fulfillment, is launching at the end of this month. Today, I get to tell you a bit more about what you can expect from the workbook.  Throughout the process of developing the workbook, one of the …

Rethinking Your Career? Don’t Forget This Crucial Ingredient

“The pandemic has made people rethink their lives and their work,” declared a recent news article, one of many reporting on what’s now being called the Great Resignation.  Analysts point to a variety of reasons for the mismatch between the 8.4 million potential workers who are unemployed, and the record 10.9 million jobs open (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Some of …

Who’s Your Kitchen Table Job Search Club?

Searching for a job is exhausting work whether you’re currently employed or unemployed. I’ve done both in the past couple years, but I remember being shocked at how tiring looking for a job was even when I didn’t have other work. When I quit my job a few years ago and spent three months unemployed and searching for my next opportunity, …

Where Do You Get the Best Job Transition Support that Money Can Buy?

As anyone who has been through job transition realizes, the daily emotional roller coaster job searchers face can be very difficult. Particularly testing are the valleys of despair, the “agony of defeat” (cue the 1970’s version of ABC Wide World of Sports with the depiction of the downhill skier wiping out), and the ongoing challenge of needing to be “on” …