By Jack Bick
The following is presented as an example of why we all should keep trying.
We will call her Jane. Jane was unemployed for almost six years. She will admit that her determination to get a job and her trust in God’s help waxed and waned during that time. However, a close examination of the facts show that the hand of God was there guiding her every step toward success.
Let’s start where Jane had a strong career path that took her to the top of corporate America as the executive assistant to the chairman of a large company. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, the company was sold and the local office liquidated. She was the final employee.
For the first time in her life she had to look for a job. Previously, opportunities just seemed to come her way. But times had changed and a recession loomed.
“I thought I would get another job, no problem,” she said. “I was waiting to have a job fall into my lap.” Jane put that waiting time to good use. When she had a job she was a volunteer at her parish. Now those volunteer hours increased.
Her thoughts turned negative
She still harbored ill feelings about being unemployed but she pushed those thoughts to the back of her mind as she tried to concentrate on finding a new job.
In the mean time, the family tightened the belt and prayer was a constant. She prayed that God would put her in a job that He wanted her in. Yet those prayers seemed to go unheard.
“Lord you are not listening,” she said to God. Even low level jobs seemed to slip out of her grasp despite the fact that she was qualified and then some. There were occasional ‘little temp jobs’ through the years. One of those temp jobs she used to enhance her resume as a bridge to a new job.
She was at the point of giving up. Prayer was difficult. She was ready to go to the nearest big box retailer and beg for any job, any level, any pay.
One day Jane was at the parish volunteering as usual. Her despair welled up and she blurted out that she was at rock bottom. This was a desperate public plea for help as she closed in on giving up completely.
Her life turned positive
It was then that she was told about an administrative assistant position posted for a prestigious non-profit. Jane was not familiar with their work.
Just a few months before, all those hours volunteering led to her receiving the Bishop’s Award for Volunteering. She was advised to put that on her resume.
She researched the organization and the specific job description. She sent in the resume, developed some references that would be meaningful to the decision makers, was selected for an interview, and landed the job.
This was the job she was meant to have. “It is such a supportive environment,” she said.
God’s hand was guiding her in her volunteer efforts. God’s hand guided her past the agonizing years of unemployment. God’s hand led her past the despair and the low points. God’s hand put her in front of the person with the information about the right job.
“I kept believing ‘if the story is not one of success, it hasn’t ended yet’,” she mused.
The moral of the story is to trust in God. He is always there, even if you do not realize His presence. Second, involve other people; involve everyone you can. If she had not shared her low point, she would not have been told about the job that was meant for her.
And there is one other aspect that Jane wants to share. One of the jobs she applied for was an administrative assistant at an institution connected to a prominent family before it opened. She was told that she came in third and that the top two candidates had references with close connections to the family.
One day she told a fellow parish volunteer about how she came so close to landing that primo position. The lady silently retrieved her phone to show photos of her family and the prominent family. Had Jane shared with others that she needed a connection to that family, she would have had a close connection, too.
Jack Bick is an expert in the publishing arena, a career coach and speaker. To learn more, go to JackBick.com