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  Most people have “tunnel vision” about career options. They are aware of only a small number of jobs–usually ones that family members or friends do, or ones they have seen portrayed on TV or in the movies. This limited awareness restricts career choices as you can only choose from career options of which you are aware of.  The more career options that you are exposed to, the more you expand your awareness...
I recently read an article which asked the question, “Are you taking enough risks?”  This is an important question in our work life because without taking risks we will not grow.   While some people's personalities drive them toward taking risks, many people only take risks in their professional life when forced to do so. The layoffs and furloughs forced by COVID-19 have catapulted workers out of what felt...
The coronavirus pandemic is causing the world to realize just how fragile life can be.  More than ever, people need to hear that God is good and offers us salvation through Jesus.  As Christians, we have a unique opportunity to glorify God as we serve our neighbors. Through the ages, amazing things have occurred during difficult times. The story of C.S. Lewis writing the classic book Mere Christianity is one of...
  Have you read Live Your Calling yet?  We are humbled by how many of you have taken time to give it a five-star review, describing how it has helped you in finding and fulfilling your mission in life. We are so thankful that it has ministered to men and women at various life stages including students, those in quarter-life, age 30 transitions, at midlife and in retirement.  For those of you who have already written...
Recently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), along with the U.S. Department of Labor, released the CareerInfo  app that is now available from the  Apple App Store  and  Google Play .  The CareerInfo  app provides information from the   Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) the most popular BLS resource for career information.   The OOH is described as "the nation's most widely used sources...
Each year the staff at ChristianCareerCenter.com and ChurchJobsOnline.com sees hundreds of resumes for church jobs (senior pastor, associate pastor, youth pastor, campus pastor, worship leader, etc.) and jobs with Christian organizations(web designer, social media manager, house parent, teacher, copywriter, pilot, accountant, human resources manager, etc.)    An estimated 80% of those resumes do not effectively showcase the...
By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM   Are you searching online for your dream job?  Has looking at job boards become a full-time hobby as you hope and pray you’ll find a job that will be rewarding, fulfilling and meaningful? It seems promising; after all, there are thousands and thousands of jobs posted on websites. The truth, however, is that...
Kevin Brennfleck,and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors   Donald Miller (the author of  Blue Like Jazz ) describes how the rules or principles in storytelling are also the rules for living a meaningful life.  In his book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life,  Miller says, “If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for...
By Kevin Brennfleck,and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors   While it is wise to get a checkup annually from your doctor, it can be equally important to do the same for your career.  Doing so can lead to being a healthier, more joyful worker in your current job or a new one.  Have you had your career checkup?  Here are healthy action steps for your 2019 checkup: Reflect on this past...
By Kevin Brennfleck,and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors   Jim spent hours preparing for his interview. He researched the company, practiced his answers for anticipated questions and made sure he dressed appropriately. The interview went well, but then Jim blew it. He never sent a follow-up thank you letter.  Jim is not alone, according to iCIMS’ Class of 2018 Jobs Outlook, only...
by Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors & Life Calling Coaches SM So you are ready to make a career change...but you don't know what you want to do. You can probably readily list all the jobs you  don't  want to do, but perhaps have only a couple of options in mind. (And maybe you aren't too excited by either of those!) If you are like most people, you may have started your...
By Kevin Brennfleck,and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors   One of the best resources for exploring careers is the Occupational Outlook Handout.  Every two years it is updated with the most recent information about jobs in the US.  While it is not as comprehensive as the O*NET Online, it provides information about jobs that are done by a high percentage of the US population and provides...