Don’t Go It Alone. Get Help in Your Job Search.
The New York Times published an article in 2019 titled How to Deal with Job Search Depression.” The writer states that “Looking for a new job but having zero luck getting hired can be, to put it lightly, incredibly demoralizing.”
And this can be devastating to both the job search and the job seeker. The article goes on to state that “the solution to job-search depression isn’t as easy as hitting the pavement and sending out more résumés.” It turns out that even strong candidates aren’t guaranteed success. In fact, going it alone is a fundamental issue we at Crossroads Career see again and again when it comes to the job seeker and their job search.
In 2020, Positive Psychology published an article addressing the issue of the stress and anxiety that the isolated job search can cause. “Anxiety gets in the way of performing optimally in any task. It’s only through staying focused that you’ll reach your maximum potential.”
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
The writer of the aforementioned article emphatically states: “Make sure you don’t get trapped in job search isolation!” The article also argues for the importance of staying connected to others in the process. With that, let’s take a look at 5 Ways to Get Support in Your Job Search.
1. Request Prayer from Someone Who Cares
In case you didn’t notice there is an entire “body” of believers knit together by a common thread and a common cause. And there is a common communication tool called “Prayer.” Have you ever been amazed by the fact that someone in an entirely different hemisphere (geographically speaking) can pray for you and your specific circumstances. And the same God hears those requests as well as yours? Welcome to the miracle of Prayer.
In the last twelve months, Crossroads Career received 317 prayer requests (from just the website) from people all over the world. And there was at least ONE person who prayed for each of those requests. Some even recorded their prayers underneath where the prayer request was posted. Need prayer? Just go here and post a prayer today. You will also be encouraged by the requests and prayers offered up in response to those requests.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
2. Get Free Career Guidance with One of our Guides today!
As part of our mission to help you hear God calling, maximize your potential, and get the right job, Crossroads Career is offering free online career assistance through a network of volunteer Guides. If you’re looking for help and hope in your career, we’d love to help you by setting up a time to talk to someone who can provide personalized career assistance and spiritual support to you during this critical time. This type of high touch guidance will help you overcome some of the loneliness that job search
can bring. Click here to request a free consultation with one of our experienced Guides.
3. Use Chat to Get the Help and Encouragement You Need!
You can use the chat feature on the Crossroads Career web site to get career help with one of our online career advisors. Get personalized career resource recommendations, ask for prayer, and more. Through the chat feature, you can also ask to schedule a call with one of our Guides for more in-depth, free career coaching and career guidance. The chat is a great starting point for getting the help you need!
4. Get On-Demand Training to Help You Develop Specific Job Search Skills
Crossroads Career offers on-demand video training in two different ways on our web site. First, you can find a Video Library with (mostly) shorter videos of key concepts and useful tips. These are often quick how-to’s that will help invigorate your job search. You can find the current Video Library here. The second type of on-demand training we offer is our lineup of great webinars. These are workshops where career coaches give comprehensive training on a variety of core topics related to the 7-step action plan that helps you to hear and follow God’s calling as you explore careers, search for jobs and build relationships. You can find those on-demand webinars here.
5. Connect in an Online Group
A brand new resource rolled out in December of 2022, the Online Groups provide the job seeker connection that transcends geography! While not a substitute for proximity and face-to-face relationships, the Crossroads Career online groups offer both synchronous multi-week training
groups as well as an ongoing Christ-centered career group, the latter of which meets every Saturday at 9:00 am Eastern time. You can find the group that is right for you by going to our web site and visiting the Online Small Group page here.
Will Graham is a Certified Working Genius Facilitator, based out of the Atlanta, Georgia area.
He has been involved with Crossroads Career as a Consultant since 2019.