Yesterday was Christmas Day; did any of you open a box or bag and find an employment contract? Nonetheless, I’d be willing to bet that in the wee small hours of the waning evening the night before Christmas, some job seekers out there did in fact get down on their knees and beside their bed, pray to God for a job.
If you believe in God, then your belief is in part based on faith; faith that He exists, and in praying, you demonstrate a hope and belief that your prayers are heard and hopefully answered. It provides comfort to know feel that God in all his magnificence and power has enough time and concern to listen to one single creature on the planet Earth and find our prayer of need for a job important enough to give us a positive reply.
Now if you don’t believe in God, perhaps you believe in something that is bigger than yourself and give that entity another name, and it is to that Being that you send out your deepest personal expression and hope to have some kind of blessing as you search for employment. For the non-believers, the ones who see nothing in this universe more powerful or deserving of their faith and reverence than themselves, perhaps you have thought about the wishes that people all over the world are putting forth at this time of the year, and are hoping for a job yourself in the early stages of 2013.
However, since this is Christmas and a celebration of the Christ child, let’s turn things over here to the Christians, and give them their moment without debate. While I’m not an expert in how God expects and requires prayer in order to answer, I do believe that in order to have ones prayer for employment answered, the prayer is only the beginning. You still need to apply for jobs yourself, and you still need to research the job and the company to put yourself in a position to have your prayers answered. I don’t really believe that praying alone is good enough. I mean after all, if that was the case, then it would be quite reasonable to expect a knock on your door, a telephone call from an employer you didn’t apply to, or a box under the tree with a job offer that from a company you’ve never heard of. Doesn’t happen I think.
So putting forth a concerted effort to look for employment and doing all the things that job searching entails, puts you in a position for God to actually do His thing. There are some people too that believe with all the pain and suffering in the world, there is an arrogance in asking God for anything for ourselves as mundane as a job. Who are they to know what God will or will not want to hear about? Doesn’t God take an interest in all the people on the planet and isn’t He capable of answering and listening to everybody?
So if you sent out that prayer asking for God to bless your job search with an offer of a job in the near future, you have to do your part by putting yourself in a position to have that prayer answered. This might mean you now have to work harder than you did in the past and go about looking for a job in a different way than you have been up to now.
So here is where the services provided by Employment Counsellors, Career Advisors, Job Coaches and Job Developers comes in. You have to be the one to initiate contact with one of these professionals. Now this isn’t a shameless ad for people in these professions. I’m just pointing out that if you are praying to God for a job at this time of the year, (and at any other time of the year by the way), you might do well to consider that God in answering your prayer is bringing your attention to the services they provide. Think of it like Him answering you through those people, whether they themselves are Believers.
In a few short days, 2013 will have arrived and people everywhere will be hoping for a better 2013 than 2012. Why shouldn’t we hope and believe that with a flip in the calendar, we can turn over a new chapter in our work lives too? More than any other single factor in your job search, your personal attitude will likely determine your success or failure. You yourself have to put forth the enthusiasm for the job search and then get help and advice on how you are going about it. When you seek that advice, simply get the thoughts from people who do it on a regular basis….maybe they themselves prayed to God to put them in a position to help others in this world, and they are just waiting for you to call them or knock on their door!
Good luck in your job search; if you prayed to God for a job this Christmas, and if you believe in His ability to guide you, then you’ve got your work cut out for you! Get going!