Job Market Picking Up

The job market seems to be picking up. I’m getting a lot of calls out of the blue lately. Has anyone else noticed an upward trend over the last month?

Fear

In my conversations with job seekers, I frequently see FEAR running their lives.  It manifests in:

  • Fear of meeting new people
  • Extreme introversion
  • A depressed tone of voice
  • Reticent physical body language
  • Unproductive time spent worrying instead of doing
  • Unwillingness to get out and work
  • Lack of confidence
  • Minimizing their accomplishments and achievements
  • Fear of trying new strategies to achieve their goals
  • Unwillingness to learn new skills and methods
  • Worry about financial difficulties
  • Hiding at home posting to job boards instead of getting out and meeting people

Fear is a universal problem and something that everyone experiences.  Our bodies are wired to experience fear in dangerous situations.  This is useful when it inspires a healthy caution in physically dangerous situations; however it is counterproductive when applied to much of our modern lives.  Allowed to reign free, fear is a poison which shuts down all our systems and is clear to observers.  The only fears that are healthy are those which our intellects leash in and manage and a secondly, a devout fear of God.  Earthly fear is a tool given to us by God; An alarm system.  Use it as such but don’t let it control your life.

Fear of God is a different story.  This is not trembling in a corner fear.  It is a healthy reverence and Awe of His power.  It is wonderfully empowering to release yourself to a Fear of God.   http://www.gotquestions.org/fear-God.html says the following about the Fear of God:

“For the unbeliever, the fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God (Luke 12:5; Hebrews 10:31). For the believer, the fear of God is something much different. The believer’s fear is reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 is a good description of this: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.’” This reverence and awe is exactly what the fear of God means for Christians. This is the motivating factor for us to surrender to the Creator of the Universe.

Proverbs 1:7 declares, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” Until we understand who God is and develop a reverential fear of Him, we cannot have true wisdom. True wisdom comes only from understanding who God is and that He is holy, just, and righteous. Deuteronomy 10:12, 20-21 records, “And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is your praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.” The fear of God is the basis for our walking in His ways, serving Him, and, yes, loving Him.

Some redefine the fear of God for believers to “respecting” Him. While respect is definitely included in the concept of fearing God, there is more to it than that. A biblical fear of God, for the believer, includes understanding how much God hates sin and fearing His judgment on sin—even in the life of a believer. Hebrews 12:5-11 describes God’s discipline of the believer. While it is done in love (Hebrews 12:6), it is still a fearful thing. As children, the fear of discipline from our parents no doubt prevented some evil actions. The same should be true in our relationship with God. We should fear His discipline, and therefore seek to live our lives in such a way that pleases Him.

Believers are not to be scared of God. We have no reason to be scared of Him. We have His promise that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). We have His promise that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Fearing God means having such a reverence for Him that it has a great impact on the way we live our lives. The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshiping Him in awe.”

If we have released ourselves to true worship and fear of God, earthly fears become as nothing.  Faith allows us to release our earthly fears to God with the full knowledge that His plans for us are wise and beyond our imagining.  Empowered by Faith, we can overcome our earthly fears and live up to the potential that God has built into us.  It is easy to imagine God as a perfect being but somehow that does not always translate in our minds to the thought that His creations are perfect as well.  We are God’s favorite creations.  The workmanship of a perfect being.  How could we be anything other than perfect, according to His will?

The subject of fear has consumed the thoughts of wise thinkers through the ages.

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.”
– Anne Frank

“Don’t waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.”
– Ralph Wlado Emerson

“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is a freedom.”
– Marilyn Ferguson

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
– Marie Curie

“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
– Marcus Aurelius

“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.”
– H. Jackson Browne

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.”
– Dorothy Thompson

“People living deeply have no fear of death.”
– Anais Nin

In closing, I encourage you to explore your behaviours, your self and your fears and your relationship with God during this difficult time.  Release your earthly fears to God and replace them with a healthy fear of Him, an Awe of his power, a consuming reverence.  Fill yourself with the Spirit of God and turn your earthly fears into power and enablement.  Be confident in two things:  One that you are the perfect creation of God and that, like a loving father, He will always love you, despite your transgressions.  Secondly that He has plans for his creation that oyu likely do not understand.  What is important it that you have Faith in him and do not depend upon your understanding.  If you empower yourself, in reverence, with God’s spirit, you can acheive anything that is in alignment with His will.

I truly wish you all the best of luck in your job searches and personal journeys.  If there is anything I can do to assist you, please let me know.

Yours in Service,
– Michael Korn, PMP
– President, Sagelight Solutions, Inc.
– 678-265-4004

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God will provide

God will provide

Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing.

Psalm 34:10 NLT

Dear God, I know you will provide, but why don’t you provide until you provide?

Jewish saying

The empty basket

When Palestine was partitioned, Maltar and his family were stranded in Jerusalem. Daily his family read the Lord’s promises, such as those of Psalm 34. One day Maltar said, “Children, we finished the last of our food for breakfast. We have no money. We’ll tell this only to the Lord, and I’ll go out with this basket.” So they prayed around the empty basket.

Maltar went to the bank, but there was still no money coming through. As he turned to go, he saw a friend from his hometown in the line. He’d left before the worst troubles and banked his money in Jerusalem. “Maltar!” his friend cried. “What are you doing here?”

“We were on holiday in our small house in Jerusalem and weren’t able to get back home,” Maltar said.

“Then you must be having money problems. How are you managing?”

“Fine,” Maltar told him and left the bank.

His friend overtook him: “You can’t be fine, Maltar, with nine kids to feed.” He dropped a handful of bank notes into the basket.

The children, waiting at the gate, stared in wonder as Maltar returned with an overflowing basket.

Patricia St. John
in Finding God Between a Rock and Hard Place

David said, “Those who honor [God] will have all they need” (Psalm 34:9). Why not claim that promise today?

Adapted from Men of Integrity Devotional Bible with devotions from the editors of Men of Integrity, a publication of Christianity Today International (Tyndale, 2002), entry for May 13.

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

Content copied from ‘God’s Daily Promises’ mailing list post from Tuesday May 5.  You can subscribe here: http://click.newsletters.leftbehindprophecyclub.com/eswhvztmz_esncrzhtc.html

Poll – Job Seeking Challenges

Please take this poll to help me understand what you are experiencing in the job market.  If you have anything else to add, please post a comment.

Thank You,

– Michael Korn, PMP

Open Networking – Secret #8 for our Job Search

Networking: “ – noun: A supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest” – Dictionary.com

There are a lot of theories about how to effectively network to aid with your job search. I happen to be a proponent of the approach called ‘Open Networking.’ Basically this means that I try to connect with as many people as possible as deeply as possible with the goal of expanding my reach and penetration into my target market. It doesn’t matter if I know these people. In fact, I find it is of more value to connect with people I don’t know than to re-connect with old acquaintances.

The basics of Open Networking can be summarized as follows:
– Communicate your networking strategy everywhere
– Offer value to your network
– Connect to anyone and everyone
– ‘Mine’ your network on a targeted basis to achieve your goals
– Do NOT SPAM your network
– Do NOT take undue advantage of your network or take them for granted

There are some excellent tools and tactics to assist in the open networking strategy:
– LinkedIn is the best resource I know of to manage your network connections
– Join open networking groups on LinkedIn such as ‘OpenNetworkers’ and ‘TopLinked’
– TopLinked has an associated website from which you can download and import a list of 40,000 Open Networkers who you can invite.
– Add ‘I accept all invites to your profile, email signature, web pages and all LinkedIn communications
– Any time you invite someone to connect on LinkedIn, customize the message. Be sure to include where you know them from, your networking strategy, your elevator pitch, your job search status and, most importantly, a compelling offer to assist the person you are connecting with.
– Whenever someone sends you a connection request and you accept, send them a customized response as described above.
– Participate actively in as many groups as possible. Make sure your signature has your standard message as described above and an invitation to connect.
– Never, ‘I Don’t Know’ anyone.

If you follow this strategy, you can expect the following benefits:
– Expand your network into the thousands of direct connections within weeks
– A larger network in LinkedIn will give you a broader reach. With a small network, you can only access a small portion of the 40M+ users on LinkedIn. As your network grows, you can reach a larger percentage of those people. That gives you a greater reach for your message.
– As you advertise your availability, a larger network bring more exposure in your search.
– As your network grows, you will be able to see more Jobs on LinkedIn jobs.
– Often recruiters or hiring managers will post their search as a status message. If you are directly connected to them, you will be able to see these.
– Having a larger network allows you to help more people. As you help people, they will help you.

I have often heard the objection regarding privacy. I have a few suggestions if this is a concern:
– Google has announces a new product called Google Voice which will give you a free phone number and voice-mail. It will also allow you to forward any calls to multiple phone numbers such as home, work or cell while allowing for screening. You can set schedules for forwarding and many other great features. This offering will be going public soon, although I have been using it for some time. If you can’t wait, do a search; there are other similar offerings for free on the market.
– Setup a free email account specifically for your LinkedIn, job searching and online marketing activities. I prefer Gmail, but any of the free services will work.
– On LinkedIn, you can choose to expose as much or as little about yourself as you like. I suggest a free phone number and email, but you can hide this if you like.

Best of luck in your networking efforts. It is the most productive way to search for a job. I wish you success and am happy to help in any way I can.

Yours in Service,
– Michael Korn, PMP
– President, Sagelight Solutions, Inc.
– 678-265-4004

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Solid Foundations – Secret #7 for your Job Search

I talk with a lot of people about their job searches and in doing so and invariably, they ask me to immediately review their resume.  However, instead of doing so, I start off by asking them some questions:

– What is your relationship with God?
– Has your family been supportive in your job search efforts?
– What are you looking for?
– How are you spending your time?

I do this because, in my opinion, a lot of people have their priorities backwards.  They are convinced that the reason they are getting little traction is a bad resume.  While this may partly be the case, I suggest that one is much less likely to have success if you haven’t built a solid strategy and have the foundational pieces in place before hitting the streets with your resume.

Foundations

Foundations

“…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well” Matthew 6:33  This scripture assures us that we must put God First and trust in him in order to achieve His plan for us.  God always has love for us in his heart and seeks the best fo us according to his will and grace.  We simply need to put our trust in Him and give Him our Love.  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28

For many years, I walked outside of God’s grace.  I never understood why bad things happened to me or why I never got my way.  However, since I have become a believer I now have the support of a loving God for whom all things are possible.  I may still not always understand why things happen to me and I certainly don’t always get my way but I have faith that everything is happening for the best, according to his plan and will and that it will always turn out for the better for me.  It always has, even the most painful of circumstances.

We as human beings cannot fully comprehend the scale of God’s love and power.  Nor the size of His shoulders.  I have learned, however, that I can pile all my worries, sins, fears, inadequacies and concerns upon His shoulders and they are always able to take the load.  This releases me from handling them myself.  We were not designed to handle everything ourselves, but to rely upon him to give us a loving shoulder to lean upon.  Once I release these matters to God, I myself am freed to focus on hearing and understanding his will and executing upon it.

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you” 1 Chronicles 28:20

Secondly, Our family relationships must be in order to truly acheive success.  Please read the article I wrote earlier about the importanc of family here: https://mjkorn.wordpress.com/2009/04/14/family-secret-6-for-your-job-search/ I lean upon them and we support each other.

Lastly, you must have a healthy relationship with your community.  First and foremost, this means your Church.  They are a source of encouragement, hope, support and love.  We are commanded in scripture to gather in our communities so that we may Raise up the name of God together and support each other as a family.  Beyond the scope of our Church, this applies to our fellow man.  In terms of your Job search, reach out to those in your networking sphere and offer to help them.  This is according to God’s will and will provide a tremendous return for you.

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others” Philippians 2:4

“Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.  If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brothers in need, yet closes his heart against him, how can the love of God be in him.” 1John 3:16-17

Only when we are in harmony with God’s plans and in acceptance of His leadership will we truly be able to hear his voice.  As we get closer to God, we receive the gift of the Holy Sprit, the Ruach Ha’Kodesh, which infills us and provides us strength, power, success and confidence that can be acheived in no other way.  This can only be acheived through dedicating our lives to God, glorifying Him in all we do and through quiet prayer.

Only when our foundations have been considered, should we consider the tactical aspects of the job search.  These include insuring that we have the proper focus, branding and tools such as resumes.  I discuss these matters in other posts.

I pray that each of you will open your hearts and minds to become closer to God.  That you will walk in the path that he has laid out for you and that you will trust in Him with all your might.  I pray that you will release to him any sins, burdens, fears and other chains that keep you from God’s wonderful grace.

Yours in Service,
– Michael Korn, PMP
– President, Sagelight Solutions, Inc.
– 678-265-4004

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Using LinkedIn to find your next Job

One of the primary tools I utilize in a job search is LinkedIn.  Many of you are already using the service, but are you doing so to it’s full potential?  When used properly, it can revolutionize the way you find your next job.  Remember however that no electronic media whether it is eMail, LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter is a a replacement for a face to face meeting with someone.  The primary purpose of thee tools should be to establish a long-lasting, face-to-face relationship with your network.

I am not a LinkedIn expert, however I would consider myself a power user.  I have over 1700 direct connections and counting which provides me access to over 12 million people.  I get approximately 100 invites a day.  The wonderful thing is that I have had phone or face to face conversations with many of my new LinkedIn friends.  Over the past 2 years, I have gotten 2 jobs through connections I started on LinkedIn.  For me it’s been a great tool.

As I said, I am not an expert, but there are some wonderful people out there who have put a lot of effort into becoming LinkedIn experts.  Here’s a few that I recommend that can help you to become a LinkedIn Guru as well as some of their recent posts:

Randy Schrum
Blog: http://successwithlinkedin.wordpress.com/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/randyschrum
Recent Posts:

Patrick O’Malley:
Website: http://www.patrickomalley.com/
Blog: http://www.the-linkedin-speaker.com/blog/
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/patrickomalley
Recent Posts:

Jim Browning:
Website: http://www.networkingga.com/
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/JimBrowning

Sean Nelson:
Website: www.linkedintuition.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/seannelson
Blog: http://linkedintuition.com/blog
Recent Posts:

A few final words:  LinkedIn will work best for you if you use it as a tool to help others.  In Luke 6:38, Scripture tells us to “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”  This has proven true to me.  It is easier to form a relationship with someone if you are able to help them.  They will remember your generosity and return the favor by working harder for your interests.  It’s kind-of fun too. 🙂

Best of luck to you all.  If there is anything I can do for you in your search, please let me know.
– Michael Korn, PMP
– President, Sagelight Solutions, Inc.
– 678-265-4004

I accept all LinkedIn Invites at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/mjkorn
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