Faith from the Edges

Faith and life from the perspective of me.

What’s next?

Have you ever felt stuck? Like you are not sure what is next in your life? That is how I am feeling at the moment. Stuck. Not sure what is next.

I have applied for several jobs since we moved to central Alberta but I haven’t had one interview. Frustrating to say the least, as I know I can do a good interview. I have tried to figure out what I am doing wrong in my resume and in my cover letters. I have come up with a couple of things. All of my recent work is church related and when applying for jobs in the secular world they have no idea what to make of that.  They have no idea how to assess the skill set that I have developed from those years of work. I know I need to figure out how to put the skill set first and the work experience second. Still working out how to make that happen.

What to do? What to do?

What to do? What to do?

I am aware that I have many talents that I can bring to an organization that is willing to look beyond the church connection. I would really like those organizations to know that the church is a great training ground for doing a multitude of tasks – be they large or small.

So at the moment, I am feeling stuck. I want to work. I want work that has some meaning to it. I want work that contributes rather than takes away. I want work that is healthy, for me, for those I work with and for. But I am feeling stuck and not sure where to go next in this hunt for good work.

I am not asking you dear readers for solutions, just letting you know what has been going on with me lately, other than being sick of course. I am going to keep plugging away at this job search thing. I can’t believe I am done in the work world yet.

What have you done when you felt stuck? What has been your ‘what’s next’ time?

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3 thoughts on “What’s next?

  1. Marion Jenkins on said:

    Hi Fiona,

    I know you didn’t ask for specific help; however, I have something to offer. After I left the Diocese of Huron I was able, at Huron’s expense, to get some career coaching from a very good firm. I learned how to translate church work lingo into secular work lingo. This was for a secular organization so the language works for it. For church jobs I revert to church language. Got interviewed. Didn’t get the job, but didn’t want it either.

    Hope this helps the process. The right position is out there for you.

    Marion

  2. Think of the things you did for the newsletter in Kenora. List the activities, not the people you happened to be doing them for.
    good luck.

    Thinking of J.
    b.

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