Unhappy Workers Often Turn to Spirituality for Direction

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As job satisfaction rates continue to decline, many job seekers and workers are hoping to find their career calling through faith, according to a recently-released book by America's Career and Life Coach, Susan Britton Whitcomb.

Employee satisfaction has struck an all-time low, according to a survey released by the Conference Board, a New York-based private research group. After surveying 5,000 U.S. households, the Conference Board found that more than half of all respondents disliked their current job.

As a result of their unhappiness, many people turn to their spirituality to find guidance in their job search and careers. Susan Britton Whitcomb, author of The Christian's Career Journey and a career coach for more than 20 years, has seen first-hand how often people rely on faith to resolve their career dilemmas and fuel their success.

"As a career coach, I've analyzed dozens of stories told by Christians in career transition and noticed a familiar pattern to their stories. It started with a sense of restlessness or boredom that prompted a period of exploring and seeking God for answers. This was followed by a certainty that God, indeed, was leading them toward something new in their careers," explains Whitcomb.

In her book, she discusses the significant role spirituality plays in a person's career journey and offers essential job search and success tips for finding one's calling in the workplace. The following are five of the 10 helpful tips she provides to help people make the smart career decisions that align with their faith:

1. Prepare to persevere. Exploring career options requires tenacity and time. During this phase, be open to new things--we don't know what we don't know.

2. Brainstorming is a team sport. Enlist the support of people who are miracle-minded, well-connected and strategic thinkers to help expand your career options.

3. Narrow it down. If you have a number of options that sound promising, begin to narrow them down to one or two preferred options to make your research more manageable. If you immediately identify a career track that looks promising at face value, proceed with the curiosity and objectivity of a detective.

4. Investigate with legwork. Take time to thoroughly research your preferred options. Your research will often turn up new ideas that will be an even better fit than you thought possible.

5. Connect with people face to face. Talk to at least three people familiar with your target field. Choose association representatives, veterans of the field, and even newbies. Suppliers, vendors, and customers can also give a helpful perspective. Members of your church or other faith-based organizations can be valuable contacts.

"With Americans logging between 100,000 and 125,000 hours in the marketplace during their careers, it's no wonder that a significant number of prayers are devoted to men and women's job search and career concerns," adds Whitcomb.

The Christian's Career Journey is available at all major bookstores and from the publisher (http://www.jist.com or 1.800.648.JIST). To speak with Susan Britton Whitcomb, contact Natalie Ostrom.

JIST, America's Career Publisher, is a division of EMC/Paradigm Publishing and is the leading publisher of job search, career, occupational information, life skills and character education books, workbooks, assessments, videos and software.


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