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The Christian's Career Journey

Book Description

Whether you want to work in the private sector or public sector, this book will unveil the deeper significance and purpose God has for your career

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
    1. Contact the Author
  7. About This Book
  8. PART 1: RESPONDING TO THE CALL
    1. CHAPTER 1: WHERE ARE YOU HEADED?
      1. God’s Four Key Purposes for Work
        1. Purpose #1: A Setting to Write Your Life’s Story
        2. Purpose #2: An Incubator in Which to Grow Your Faith
        3. Purpose #3: A Training Ground to Increase Your Capacity and Influence
        4. Purpose #4: A Stage on Which to Reflect God’s Image
      2. Availability vs. Ability
        1. God Uses Ordinary People to Build His Kingdom
        2. God Faithfully Redirects Us and Helps Us Discover Our Strengths and Gifting
        3. God Shows Us That His Purposes Trump Our Passions
        4. God Uses “Boring” Jobs to Prepare Us for Bigger Responsibilities in the Future
        5. God Allows Jobs to “Blow Up” for Sometimes Unknown Reasons, Even When We’re Obedient
        6. God Redeems Work, Even When We’re in the “Wrong” Job Just to Pay the Bills
        7. God Uses Our Job to Get Our Attention and Correct Our Spiritual Course
      3. Help Wanted: Applications Accepted Via Prayer
    2. CHAPTER 2: CREATED TO BE CALLED
      1. Career Questions About Calling
      2. Called to Be, Do, and Persevere
        1. Your Priority Call: To Be His Follower
        2. Your Secondary Call: To Do His Work
        3. Your Ongoing Call: To Persevere and Become Like Christ
      3. Biblical Principles of a Calling
        1. Characteristics of a Calling
        2. Examples of a Calling
      4. How to Hear from Heaven
        1. A Formula to H.E.A.R. God
        2. Three Conditions That Make It Difficult to Hear God
        3. Clues That You May Be Ignoring God
        4. Career Choices: Door No. 1 or Door No. 2?
      5. Chapter Wrap-Up
    3. CHAPTER 3: RECONCILING YOUR MASTER F.I.T. WITH GOD’S MASTER PLAN
      1. Visioning and Planning
      2. Identifying Your Master F.I.T.
        1. Step 1: Find the Right Function
          1. Spiritual Gifts
          2. Core Skill Areas
        2. Step 2: Identify Your Ideal Industry and Interests
        3. Step 3: Think About the Things That Matter
        4. Step 4: Define Fulfillment
        5. Step 5: Enhance Your Identity
        6. Step 6: Know Your Personality Type
        7. Step 7: Set Your Salary Range
      3. Career Assessments to Discover Your Master F.I.T.
      4. Chapter Wrap-Up
    4. CHAPTER 4: MAKING THE RIGHT CAREER DECISION
      1. Brainstorming Options
        1. Brainstorming Is a Team Sport
        2. “God-Storming” Exercise
        3. Personal Brainstorming/Visioning Exercise
        4. Group Brainstorming Exercise
        5. Friends, Family, and Fans Exercise
      2. Investigate with Legwork
        1. Check Online Resources
        2. Tap into Professional Associations
        3. Read Up on the Industry
        4. Connect with People
        5. Taste-Test the Job
      3. Consider the Steps to Get There
      4. Weigh the Pros and Cons
      5. Commit to a Decision
      6. Create Your Focus Statement
      7. Chapter Wrap-Up
  9. PART 2: PLANNING YOUR CAMPAIGN AND CREATING YOUR CAREER MARKETING DOCUMENTS
    1. CHAPTER 5: GETTING YOUR JOB SEARCH PLAN TOGETHER
      1. 12 Tips for the Road to Self-Employment
      2. Break Your Job Search Plan into Small Steps
      3. Five Phases of a Job Transition
      4. Plan A—Create a SMART Goal
        1. Specific
        2. Measurable
        3. Attainable
          1. God’s Will Is the Ultimate Job Search Factor
          2. The 10 Job Search Factors
          3. How Attainable Is Your Goal?
          4. How Long Will Your Search Take?
          5. When God Delays Your Search
        4. Relevant
        5. Time-Specific
      5. Plan B—Give Yourself Options
      6. Job Search Resources and Budget
      7. Your Support Team
        1. Whom to Enlist
        2. Be Courteous
      8. Avoid the Traps, Temptations, and “Yes, Buts” That Keep You from Your Calling
        1. Fear
        2. The Time Trap
        3. Finances
        4. Identity
        5. Isolation
      9. Chapter Wrap-Up
    2. CHAPTER 6: CAPTURING YOUR VALUE WITH “SMART” SUCCESS STORIES
      1. Conveying Value to Employers
        1. The Employer’s 10 Motivations to “Buy”
        2. What’s Your ROI?
        3. Benefits vs. Features
      2. Inventorying Your Success Stories
        1. What Is a Success Story?
        2. Questions to Elicit Success Stories
      3. Using the SMART Format to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions
        1. SMART Story
        2. SMART Story
        3. SMART Story
      4. Writing Your Success Stories
        1. Some Points to Guide You
        2. Catalog Your SMART Stories
        3. Rate Your Stories
      5. Chapter Wrap-Up
    3. CHAPTER 7: COMMUNICATING YOUR VALUE VIA A CAREER BRAND
      1. How Can a Career Brand Help?
      2. The Elements of Your Brand
      3. The Essence of Branding
      4. Verbal Branding: Creating Your Sound Bites
        1. Your Three-Point Marketing Message
          1. Combining Your Three-Point Marketing Message with Other Job Search Tools
          2. What Your Three-Point Marketing Message Should Include
          3. Creating Your Message
        2. Your Benefit-Driven Verbal Business Card, or “What’s in It for Me [the Employer]?”
        3. Your Mini-Bio
      5. Visual Branding: Look and Act the Part!
        1. Your Image
        2. Your Wardrobe
      6. Chapter Wrap-Up
    4. CHAPTER 8: THE BLUEPRINT FOR A MASTERFUL RESUME
      1. The One Hard-and-Fast Rule for Resume Writing
      2. Two Tried-and-True Winning Formats: Chronological and Functional
        1. The Chronological Format
          1. A Chronological Format Worked for David
          2. A Chronological Format for a Ministry Position
        2. The Functional Format
          1. A Functional Format Helped Grace Get a New Life
      3. What to Include on Your Resume—and What Not to Include
        1. Categories to Include
        2. Should You List Your Christianity on Your Resume?
        3. What Not to Include
      4. Putting It All Together
        1. Keywords: Key to Compelling Copy
        2. The Objective or Focus Statement
          1. Title Statement
          2. Traditional Objective
        3. The Qualifications Summary
        4. Professional Experience
          1. How Far Back?
          2. Where to Find Material for Your Job Descriptions
        5. Skills
        6. Education, Credentials, Licensure
        7. Affiliations
        8. Supporting Material
      5. Chapter Wrap-Up
    5. CHAPTER 9: ACCOMPLISHMENTS: THE LINCHPIN OF A GREAT RESUME
      1. What Employers Really Want in a Resume
      2. Words to Woo Employers
      3. Strategies for Presenting Accomplishments
        1. Numbers: The Universal Language
          1. BEFORE
          2. AFTER
        2. Comparison—a Powerful Form of Communication
          1. BEFORE
          2. AFTER
        3. ROI—How Quickly Can You Deliver?
        4. The CAR Technique—Challenge, Action, and Result
      4. Where to Find Material for Your Accomplishments
        1. Performance Appraisals
        2. Your Career Management File
      5. Impact - Mining: Probing Questions to Unearth Hidden Treasures
      6. Sifting Through the Accomplishments You’ve Gathered
      7. Finalizing Your Resume with Formatting, Editing, and Proofing
        1. 10 Tips to Format to Impress
        2. 10 Tips to Edit for Impact
        3. 10 Tips to Proofread for Perfection
      8. Chapter Wrap-Up
    6. CHAPTER 10: E-RESUMES, COVER LETTERS, AND OTHER CAREER MARKETING DOCUMENTS
      1. Creating ASCII Plain-Text Resumes
        1. Converting to ASCII for E-mailing
        2. Converting to ASCII for Pasting into E-forms
        3. Quick Cleanup of an ASCII Conversion
      2. Creating an E-portfolio
        1. What to Include in an E-portfolio
        2. Resources for Custom-Designed E-portfolios
      3. Getting on the Blog Bandwagon
        1. What to Include in a Blog
        2. Creating a Blog
        3. Using RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Technology
        4. Marketing Your Blog
      4. Cover Letters and Other Correspondence
        1. Cover Letters
        2. References
        3. Other Career Marketing Documents
      5. Chapter Wrap-Up
  10. PART 3: EXECUTING YOUR JOB SEARCH
    1. CHAPTER 11: TACKLING YOUR JOB SEARCH WITH NEW ECONOMY STRATEGIES
      1. Six Misconceptions and Mistakes Christians Can Avoid in Their Job Search
        1. 1. Letting the Fight-or-Flight Syndrome Take Over
        2. 2. Misinterpreting Messages or Expecting Epiphanies
        3. 3. Allowing Pride to Get in the Way
        4. 4. “Going for It” Without Paying Your Dues
        5. 5. Equating Ease and Speed with Success
        6. 6. Insisting on Doing Job Search the “Old-Fashioned” Way
      2. Tap the Hidden Job Market with a Targeted Search
      3. The Difference Between Openings and Opportunities
      4. Seven Steps to a Targeted Search
        1. Step 1: Identify Companies
          1. Finding Target Companies Through People
          2. Finding Target Companies Through Print Resources
          3. Finding Target Companies Through Internet Resources
          4. SEARCH BY LOCATION
          5. PURCHASE MAILING LISTS
          6. Prioritize Your List of Companies
          7. Build Data on the Companies
        2. Step 2: Read
        3. Step 3: Research
        4. Step 4: Talk to People in the Know Through Focused Networking
          1. Who Are Focused Networking Contacts?
          2. The Give-and-Take of Networking
          3. THE GIVE
          4. THE TAKE—INSIDER INFO
        5. Step 5: Network Online
          1. Blogs
          2. LinkedIn and Other Online Networking Sites
        6. Step 6: Stay on the Radar Screen
        7. Step 7: Augment with Traditional Job Search Methods
      5. Chapter Wrap - Up
    2. CHAPTER 12: COVERING YOUR BASES WITH TRADITIONAL SEARCH STRATEGIES
      1. Why People Continue to Use Traditional Search Strategies
      2. The Seven Venues of a Traditional Search
        1. Venue 1: Online Searches
          1. Company Web Sites
          2. Major Career Web Sites
          3. Job Aggregators
          4. Niche Job Sites
          5. TOP EXECUTIVE SITES
          6. INDUSTRY NICHE SITES
          7. COLLEGE RECRUITING SITES
          8. DIVERSITY SITES
          9. Christian Job Sites
          10. GENERAL CHRISTIAN EMPLOYMENT SITES
          11. CHRISTIAN WORKPLACE MINISTRY SITES
          12. CHRISTIAN INDUSTRY NICHE SITES
        2. Venue 2: Resume Posting
        3. Venue 3: Resume Distribution
        4. Venue 4: Recruiters and Agencies
          1. Agency Resources
        5. Venue 5: Classified Ads
        6. Venue 6: Direct Inquiry or Mailing
        7. Venue 7: Career Events
      3. Keeping the Momentum Going
      4. Chapter Wrap - Up
    3. CHAPTER 13: THE FOUR CS OF INTERVIEWING: CONNECT, CLARIFY, COLLABORATE, AND CLOSE
      1. Phase 1: Connect with the Interviewer—How to Create the Right Chemistry
      2. Phase 2: Clarify What Needs to Be Done
        1. Answer Frequently Asked Questions and Industry-Specific Questions
        2. Answer Behavioral Interview Questions
        3. Ask Big-Picture Questions in the First Interview
        4. Ask Deeper-Detail Questions in Second and Third Interviews
      3. Phase 3: Collaborate on How to Do the Job
      4. Phase 4: Close with Professionalism—How to Wrap Up and Win
      5. How to Determine Whether This Is the Right Position
      6. Measure Your Performance in a Post-Interview Analysis
      7. Chapter Wrap-Up
    4. CHAPTER 14: SALARY NEGOTIATIONS: TRUTHS AND TIPS FOR CHRISTIANS IN THE MARKETPLACE
      1. Seven Situations That Cause Christians to Stumble over Salary
      2. Five Truths to Take to the Salary Negotiation Table
      3. Preparing for the Salary Dance
        1. Research Comparable Salaries
          1. Salary Tools and Surveys
          2. Internet Postings and Want Ads
          3. Network Contacts and Recruiters
        2. Put It All Together
        3. Develop Your Salary Targets
      4. How to Deflect Salary Questions Until the Offer
        1. In Cover Letters
        2. During Telephone or In - Person Interviews
      5. When an Offer Is Made
        1. The Employer’s First Move
        2. Your First Move
          1. The Moment of Silence
          2. Be Sure You Are Clear About the Parameters of the Job
          3. Agree on Base Salary Before Benefits or Bonuses
        3. What to Say When the Offer Is Just Right
      6. How to Initiate a Counter-Offer
        1. What to Say When the Offer Is Too Low
        2. Other Ways You Can Initiate a Counter-Offer
        3. Three Possible Responses from the Employer
          1. 1. Employer Stands Pat
          2. 2. Employer Ups the Offer a Bit but It’s Still Below Your Expectations
          3. 3. Employer Counter-Offers an Attractive Salary That Is in Line with What You Can Deliver to the Company
      7. Negotiating Additional Elements of Your Compensation Package
      8. Get the Offer in Writing and Think It Over
      9. Chapter Wrap-Up
    5. CHAPTER 15: YOUR NEW JOB DESCRIPTION: 10 CAREER COMMANDMENTS
  11. APPENDIX: CHRISTIAN CAREER AND LEADERSHIP COACHES
  12. INDEX