Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Skills Inventory 101 for the Job Seeker ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Skills Inventory 101 for the Job Seeker ; A Christian Science Perspective on Daily Life

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Looking for a job? You're not alone.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports for June 2006 state that the nation's unemployment rate remains steady at 4.6 percent. But some industry sectors are volatile indeed. While jobs have been added in healthcare, retail employment has been falling, along with that in manufacturing and information.

On the macroeconomic level this might look acceptable. Yet when we are talking about a mid-career breadwinner - say, a television cameraman with years of experience who is retraining to become an entry-level nurses' aid pushing gurneys down hospital corridors - the options aren't so attractive.

It is right to have meaningful employment, work that feeds both the family and one's sense of self-worth. Our work is an expression of God's action. Because we, as God's daughters and sons, include the ideas God gives, God's action is part of our very being.

Mary Baker Eddy explained it this way in her textbook on Christian Science: "The divine Mind includes all action and volition, and man in Science is governed by this Mind" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 187).

For the job seeker, though, it may be hard to know where to start. When I'm asked to pray with someone who is looking for a job, I've found it helpful to begin from a spiritual basis. Instead of first focusing on a conventional resume, it's useful to compile a spiritual inventory - to think less about the conventional format of job and salary history, and more about the spiritual, God-like qualities that the individual has already proved. For example, someone who works in banking probably has developed a high degree of accuracy, precision, integrity, and honesty.

All these skills are great, but in order to go higher, we need to translate them into spiritual qualities by recognizing God as their source. Honesty, for example, expresses God as Truth. …

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