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During job interviews, many employers make decisions about job candidates within the first 30 seconds to two minutes of having met them.  And what is the basis for their decision about a job seeker?  Their first impression of the person!   While a first impression can be changed, how you present yourself initially to an employer will have a huge impact on whether or not you are hired for a job. First impressions are...
By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM   During this way too long pandemic, thinking about your "dream job" may seem like a waste of time. "Forget about a dream job," you might think, "I just need a paycheck!" Whether you are job hunting or in work that you desperately want to escape, you may be tempted to take any job to get out of your current situation....
“We are the New Busy. We are redefining busy Because we know that having a full calendar means having a full life.” –Hotmail advertisement “Busyness…can be a way to avoid God, the meaning of life, and life itself.” –Sidney Macaulay   COVID-19 and Busyness Many online articles attempt to answer the question, “How can I stay busy when I am stuck at home during the...
  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...