Job Selection Considerations

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By

Dr. Russell A. Primrose, Norman Stouffer, 9/24/13

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Introduction

As we are trying to grow our economy, the problem we encounter is that an alarming number of our people have no idea in what their life direction will be. They do not know what to do with their life even after finishing grade school, high school, college, or even later in life They become mismatched in their job, then become discouraged and some drop from the workforce, some of them to becoming homeless. They, therefore, gravitate or are coerced into areas where what is required of them does not match their strengths and abilities, often resulting in discontent, or less than peak performance.

Many people are not working in the areas of their strength or using the talents that God has uniquely given to them. This could be because they have not explored the alternate futures available to them, or they have been pushed into directions that are really the plans of others. This often results in dissatisfaction probably because their job requirements, and their God-given strengths and abilities are not matching up. Perhaps their parents want them to take over the family business. Perhaps it appeared that this was the only job around and that jobs were scarce. Perhaps all of their friends were going into a certain life direction and they wanted to be with them. Or maybe they just want what they think is the prestige. For whatever reason they settled into an area that did not match their unique abilities; abilities that they would be happiest using. Their contentment and productivity have had to suffer.

I am convinced that God has created each one of us a unique creature. We each have different appearances, personalities, likes and dislikes, fingerprints, and unique DNA as well as different spiritual gifts, and abilities. Our personality differences are easier to appreciate since they deal more directly with everyday life around us. But many of us have never fully discovered the gifts and abilities that have been granted to us. We end up trying to be what we would like to be or what others would like for us to be, instead of what we are uniquely equipped to become. I am equally convinced that as we use aspects of our personality that are uniquely our own we will lead a much more productive and happier lifestyle. When we have the right tools, the job is always easier.

There is a better way, a way for a person to analyze their strengths and abilities, and then match them up with possible areas that promise to be more compatible? This should result in a much happier worker, as their God-given abilities are matched up to correspond with the requirements dictated by their occupation.  

The Tools We Use

There has been some productive effort in identifying our interests and our preferences over the past few years. Since 1939, or for 74 years, the Kuder Test Survey (Kuder.com) has helped millions of youth and adults worldwide discover their interests, skills, and work values. They claim that the revelation of a person’s basic skills can help in the following Potential and career services:

Post-Secondary students
First-time job seekers
Career changers
Veteran or active member of the military
Adult with a disability
Ex-offender
Retired persons
Career preparation and placement programs
Career centers
Workforce agencies

There are many such evaluation tools available to a person. Because of the cost involved we have decided to use a less expensive, although equally effective model( gifttest.org ).

The method that we propose for investigating this problem, consists of eight steps. These steps span the breadth from testing applicants, to working with interview skills then evaluating the needs of industry, all the way to the final determination of the long-term effects of the job itself on both the applicant and the company.

Test System Components

The proposed system must work. First, we need to test the various components of our scheme. We need to find volunteers that will agree to take the gifts assessment, and then match their gifts with the job in which they are presently working or helping them find more suitable employment.

Find Populations to Work With

It is assumed that only those that want to rise above their present position need to be considered. We need to work carefully and closely with existing structure, such as the shelters, homeless agencies, chambers of commerce, or existing youth group with similar interest, and any others that share a similar concern for replacing the homeless into occupations of benefit to them and to the community.

The Process

Step One. Assess Spiritual Gifts and Abilities

The evaluation process seems to work best when we can communicate eyeball to eyeball as we discuss the importance and intricacies of the procedure. We need to determine what gifts, likes, and abilities that our Creator has ingrained within us so that we can do what He has called us to do. There are several tests that will help us find our strengths and our weaknesses in this most important area. We have chosen an evaluation tool that is of zero cost, is reliable, and has numbers which are compatible with the industrial evaluation ( gifttest.org ). Once we have these evaluations firmly in mind we should use them as guides for decisions that we will make with the person in determining areas pf employment in the future.

Step Two. Match Results with Needs of Industry

We have discovered an organization that has extensively questioned industry as to their needs. A survey of 305 industries, and the jobs they typically have available, exists for our study ( discoveryourgifts.org ). These jobs have been evaluated as to what abilities are needed to do them successfully. It is suggested that from this survey that have been filtered to correspond with an applicant's areas of strength he select about a dozen jobs that appeal to him. We further recommend that he brainstorm in order to extend his list. He should then prioritize the list so that the jobs that correspond with his greatest interest will be listed on top. We will then focus on the jobs that are at the top of his priority list.

Step Three. Interview People in Jobs

Once he has selected jobs that appeal to him and in which he thinks he could function, it is recommended that he find people already working in those jobs and interview them as to what kind of work they really do. Their description of their job expectations can probably tell whether this is employment that the applicant and the client would find fulfilling.

Step Four. Determine Training Still Needed

About these top priority selections if he is still enthusiastic after he have talked with with people doing similar work, it is important to assess the training that is still required for him to have a chance at being successful in this endeavor. Of the jobs that seem to fit his interest, there is probably additional training needed to successfully enter that job on a competitive basis. It is now important to make an evaluation of what additional training is necessary. Getting an adequate amount of this type of training would avoid embarrassment were he to obtain a job in this area.

Step Five. Solicit Training Still Needed.

Of the several top prioritized jobs that he has selected it is now important to make an evaluation of where the training can be obtained, what it will cost, and its duration. Remember that tuition assistance is often possible upon qualification.

Step Six, Work on Resume and Interview Skills

There are several agencies that specialize in preparing a person for the upcoming interview. A number of these have indicated a willingness to work with us in helping needy people find employment. his would include preparing a resume, how to dress appropriately, and how to present himself.

Step Seven. Assess the Future Livability of the Job.

Before making a final decision as to direction, there are a number of questions that you need to ask. Does the job I am selecting have a future? Is there a room for advancement? Is the salary that I will make one that I can live upon? Where can I see myself in 10 years if I take this vocation? Are there retirement options, vacation days, insurance, or other fringe benefits that need to be considered? Do I have an assurance that God is moving me in this direction?

Step Eight. Get The Job

The whole purpose of this endeavor is for him to find employment in an area that will be satisfying to him and will utilize his God-given talents and gifts. Once you have targeted the area in which he feels he would be comfortable that you can begine a campaign to get the employment that he desires.

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