Step 6 Sorting
By the time you’ve reached Step 6, you’ve laid your inward foundation spiritually, started to understand who God has created you to be, and begun to seek out jobs that will allow you to serve others. Now, in Step 6, it’s time for Sorting.
Step 6 in the workbook, You Are Created for Good Works, will help you prepare for job-winning interviews. To get the right job, you need to be prepared, passionate and qualified. Learn about the employer and job. Learn how to engage interviewers, talk about money, provide references and take employment tests.
You’ll be equipped to demonstrate your compassionate outward love for others through job-winning interviews. And whatever happens, you’ll do it in the framework of Pray - Prepare - Perform - Praise.
Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you. Ephesians 4:29 GNT
Below are links to resources designed to help you in this step of the workbook. These are designed to go along with the workbook content, but can be used independently as well.
STAR Story Exercise - Use this printable exercise to learn how to answer interview questions. Based on your experiences, describe the accomplishments you like best using the four-question STAR process.
Free Wow Interviewer Lessons - Get 11 free lessons on interviewing from the Litton Group, LLC and WoW Interview. (Follow link, then sign up for email lessons in the form in the bar on the right.)
Practice Interviews Before the Interviews Exercise - Questions, tips, and talking points to use while preparing for an interview. Use the questions in this printable exercise to organize your thoughts and then practice with a buddy or coach.
Talking about Money - Wondering how you should answer questions about salary, especially if your last position is very different from the position you seek? This article from Salary.com addresses some of those dreaded salary questions.
Dress for Success Devotional - Wearing professional attire is certainly important, but find out in this devotional from Crossroads Career what Ephesians 6:14-17 says regarding what you should wear to be successful.
Improve Speaking Skills - Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs.
Find a Club near You - Locate Toastmaster Clubs near you using their search tool.
Interview Tips Video - This short instructional video from Toastmaster will give you 5 thoughtful tips to ace your interview and land that job.
References, Tests, Checks
Master Reference List Exercise - Keep all your references’ information in once place with this printable exercise. List a name, relationship, email address, phone number and notes for everyone who could be a reference.
Types of References - Get advice from The Balance Careers on different types of references, how to ask someone to be your reference, and when and how to share those references with a potential employer.
Employment Tests – What to Expect - It is possible that your potential employer will ask you to take tests before you interview or are hired. This article from The Balance Careers will shed light on the different types of tests and what you should expect when it comes to employment testing.
Background Checks - What is a background check and why might a potential employer ask for one before making a hiring decision? Learn more about background checks from The Balance Careers.
Glassdoor - Search ratings and reviews of over 600,000 companies worldwide. Get the inside scoop and find out what it's really like from people who've actually worked there.
Vault - Find out what it's really like to work within an industry, company, or profession, and how to position yourself to start, advance, or change your career.
Salary & Wages?
Bureau of Labor Statistics - BLS wage data are available by occupation for the nation, regions, states, and many metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
PayScale - Use PayScale to research salaries by many different criteria, including jobs, companies, locations and more.
Salary.Com - What are your salary expectations? Whether you’re researching a new job offer, looking for a promotion, or just want to see what you should be getting paid, Salary.com gives you the tools to understand your worth.
Salary Expert - Get salary and cost of living data around the world. Salary Expert offers excellent tools for evaluating career, relocation, and education decisions.
What about Benefits?
Evaluating Benefits - This article from CollegeGrad breaks down a job offer benefits package into 25 components and discusses the importance of each.
Job Offer Benefits - Understanding everything that makes up a job offer can be difficult. This guide to choosing the best job offer from GoodCall will help to break down a lot of these concepts and prepare you to make the right decisions about a job offer.
Health Insurance Benefits - Use this article from The Muse to help you understand and decide between job-based insurance packages.
Need Health Insurance? - Visit Healthcare.gov to get coverage or learn more about your health insurance options.
Christian Healthcare Ministries - CHM is a membership-based, nonprofit ministry through which hundreds of thousands of Christians voluntarily share to pay each other’s medical bills.