Gifts from Crossroads Career:  Replace what’s been lost

What is the number one thing I’ve seen people lose during a job transition?   This question, along with many others, are just part of what Crossroads Career is here to answer.  Keep reading, and I’ll get to the answer!  🙂

In the YouVersion Bible app, for the year 2022, they reported that the Bible verse most highlighted and shared through their App was Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous hand.”

Fear During a Job Transition

My Crossroads colleagues and I see people’s fear in a job search all the time.  Studies have shown that the fear of the unknown is often at the top of the list, and there are quite a few unknowns in job transition.  And that fear translates directly to what’s most often lost during a job transition: self-confidence.  People who have been solid as a rock are now no longer solid, and what’s in front of them as a transition is definitely not something they’ve been looking forward to going through.

At Crossroads, we offer multiple gifts to help people regain and maintain their self-confidence.

First, and most importantly, we do this by recognizing our self-confidence actually has nothing to do with ourselves.  It has everything to do with Who is really in charge, as we saw in Isaiah 41:10.  It’s a simple correlative relationship.  If we have our identity redeemed through Christ Jesus, we know who our God is and Who we can have confidence in.  As our Father, we know that while we will experience hardship, He will bring us through that hardship.  And with THAT, we can have confidence and trust!

Career Experts

Second, we offer the gift of career experts who have been through the shifting sands of employment change multiple times and can offer insightful perspectives to assist you through your current challenge.  Whether its a Reduction In Force (RIF), a deeply personal work conflict that results in termination, or whether you’re just unfulfilled in your employment, our Crossroads Guides have been through it before and can offer you both Biblical and practical support to help you regain your confidence in where you’re headed and what you have to offer a future employer.

Depth of Resources

Lastly, we offer the gift of a depth of resources and search capabilities you simply won’t find aggregated anywhere else!  From our ever-evolving technology tool designed to maximize your ease of access to blogs, podcasts, webinars, and workbooks to getting connected with one of our Crossroads Guides, we continue to develop resources designed to help you hear God calling, maximize your potential, and get the right job.  Add to those human resources the supernatural resource of our prayer network, and I’m betting you won’t find a gift that keeps on giving quite like that!

As the Little Drummer Boy carol acknowledges, we all have a gift to bring, and Crossroads Career is here to offer you the gifts we’ve been given, in every way we can.   Blessings in this blessed Christmas season!

Dave Sparkman currently serves as the volunteer Crossroads Career board chair and local ministry leader. He is also the founder and managing director of Spark Your Culture, a corporate culture consulting firm. Prior to that he worked at UnitedHealth Group, a Fortune #5 public company, serving in the role of Chief Culture Officer. His unemployment experience came from the implosion of Arthur Andersen, where he served as the West Region Managing Partner, People.

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