Secret to Successful Career Crossing: Love
What’s love got to do with it? Everything!
Don’t get me wrong. Knowing the principles of the 6 steps of career crossings – attitude, aptitude, altitude, searching, sorting, selecting – serves as a critical foundation to finding jobs, careers, calling. Learning the best practices of career aptitude testing, writing resumes, job searching online, networking for personal referrals, answering interview questions and negotiating salary are also important.
The Right Perspective
Job search and career transition principles and practices can leap to life only if you get the right perspective.
If your perspective is “what’s in it for me,” then people are put off. Resumes project a “gimme” attitude. Interviewers feel their needs are ignored.
However, if your perspective is one of love, then people are drawn to you. Resumes offer what you do and like best that employers need most. Interviews engage interviewers with how you can serve them.
Yeah, but how to change your perspective to love, especially when you don’t feel like it?
Career Transition Lessons Learned
May I share from recent lessons from my pastor, Derwin Gray at Transformation Church, who went through his own career crossing from NFL football player to preacher? We are called to love in 3 ways:
Look upward.?Love God completely. At the core of humanity is a ceaseless desire to be loved unconditionally; that ceaseless desire is satisfied by God alone. Here is some really good news: God loves us first! Look upward and receive His love for you, which you can return to Him. Love him with all your heart, soul and mind. If you feel no love, then you can fill-up with His love.
Look inward.?Love yourself correctly. How you see yourself impacts everything you do and say. When you realize that your value, significance and worth are anchored in God’s unconditionally love for you, you become free to experience life as the true you. You no longer search for self-esteem, because you now have God-esteem. You can see yourself as God’s artwork, the canvas that He skillfully creates us on! How cool is that!
Look outward.?Love others compassionately. If you love God completely and yourself correctly, then how simple it becomes to share that love with others. Seeking to serve them. Asking how you can help them. This kind of love is tough to resist. It overwhelming conquers! People become attracted to the love you share.
May I suggest you stand at your crossroads, and look upward, inward and outward in love?
Networking nets opportunities. Resumes invite interviews. Interviews engage employers. If you are seeking to serve with a heart to help, others will respond, because you love them. Just remember these 3 perspectives on love:
It starts with your decision to receive God’s love and love Him back completely. You can love yourself correctly, because He loves you first.
Love shared is true life lived.
Nobody has done a greater work on the planet than Jesus. When Jesus was asked “which is the great commandment,” He responded,
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
If it works for Him, it can work for you. You can hear and follow God’s calling – one step at a time!