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The Job Search Process

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Where to begin? For some people, looking for a job can be nerve racking. The thought of writing a resume, preparing a cover letter, and interviewing can be an intimidating process. Not to mention, the time it takes to apply for each individual job in itself is time consuming. I’ve heard countless stories of so many people applying to dozens of jobs each week, only to get one or two interviews and no job in the end.

I started thinking about the changes that have occurred in the job search process over the last few decades when I overheard a conversation from a student looking for a summer job. I was intrigued when I didn’t hear the word “indeed” (a popular job search engine) come up, since it’s always the first thing I hear someone say they’ve looked on to find a job. This got me thinking about the job search changes that have taken place between the 20th and the 21st century.

When I started working in the 1980’s a job search for me was a simple look in the local newspaper help wanted ads or hit the local stores and ask to fill out an application. Now, everything is pretty much online: indeed, LinkUp, glassdoor, SimplyHired, Monster, CareerBuilder, Idealist, USAJobs, DICE, LinkedIn, Craigslist, and such.

The internet has truly changed how we search for a job in the 21st century, but what hasn’t changed is that networking is just as important now as it has been in the past. Who you know is an important ingredient in finding a job, especially since em