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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...
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, NCCC and Kay Marie Brennfleck, NCCC Career & Life Calling Coaches SM During an interview, many job applicants get caught unprepared when asked salary questions. Poor answers to money questions can cost the applicant the job, or if hired, can result in being paid thousands of dollars less than the employer would have been willing to pay. The following steps can prepare you to negotiate your salary like a pro!...
by Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM One study found that ninety-five percent of job hunters make mistakes that significantly delay their employment! These mistakes fall into two categories: (1) unproductive methods of finding job openings and (2) ineffective interviewing skills. On average, people change jobs eight to ten times (or more!) in their lifetimes, so it makes sense...
  By Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors and Life Calling Coaches SM   A recent survey by Right Management reported that 7 out of 10 managers and senior professionals out of work thought they knew exactly what they needed to do to land their next job.  However, after going through job search coaching and training that number dropped to only 2.  Too many career changers and...
by Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors & Life Calling Coaches SM   Your resume is a summary of your qualifications. Think of it as an expanded business card.  You use a business card to introduce yourself or to leave behind after you have had the opportunity to talk with someone. Just as you would never rely on a business card to sell a product or service you represent, you...
by Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors & Life Calling Coaches SM   A "job fair" is an event in which many employers gather in one location to advertise job openings, publicize their companies, and meet prospective job candidates. Job fairs can be sponsored by colleges, cities, professional organizations, or employers. Job fairs offer you the opportunity to meet representatives...
by Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck National Certified Career Counselors & Life Calling Coaches SM     It is estimated that 95% of job hunters primarily use one job strategy to search for jobs:  applying to online job postings. Relying primarily on internet job boards can significantly delay the time it will take you to find a job. Why?  Because experts estimate that  only 15 to 25% of...
By Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck   Do you have a son or daughter who is graduating from high school and going to college next fall?  If so, these myths about choosing a college major and career direction are important to share with your students so they don't waste time and money while in college. Myth #1: The sooner you decide on a major, the better . The truth :  One study found that the average college student...
by Kevin Brennfleck, NCCC and Kay Marie Brennfleck, NCCC Career & Life Calling Coaches SM   Job seekers tend to view a job interview as a chance to make a good impression and answer questions well. One area that most job candidates neglect during an interview, however, is taking the opportunity to ask questions of the interviewer. The questions that a candidate asks can make them stand out from other applicants as well as give...
By Kevin and Kay Marie Brennfleck   Did you know that an employer may decide whether or not to hire you 30 seconds after he first shakes your hand? Studies show that many employers will make a decision about your viability as a job candidate within the first 30 seconds to 2 minutes of having met you.  So what factors do they evaluate? Here are six key elements that affect employers' "first impression" of you.  How do...