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7 tips to turn your unemployment into preparation (P.1)

Updated: Jan 5, 2023

Wuma rambuge Kingdom's citizen ! Magandáng umága daughter of GOD! May the LORD show you his salvation and may his mercy lift you up.

To encourage a sister to read my article 10 tips to prepare for a job interview, a mutual friend informed her that I was leaving my current employer for a better job elsewhere. Blessed by it, she contacted me for advice. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, her employer did not renew her contract. She has been looking for a job for a year. Convinced that it could be of use to more than one, I decided to summarize my advice in one article.

Proverbs 16 : 1 (AMP)The plans and reflections of the heart belong to man, But the [wise] answer of the tongue is from the LORD.."

As a student, I often had to choose between two and three internship proposals. My strategy was simple: take care of my CV, apply for as many vacancies as possible and prepare well for my interviews. Then I let the HOLY SPIRIT designate which offer to choose. Blessed be He for having led my steps in each of these companies, both in Cameroon (my country) and in France. I learned a lot there and met great people.

At the end of my studies, six months passed before I got a job. It was a fixed-term contract after which six months passed again before I got a stable job. In the meantime, I had odd jobs (translation, hairdressing, childcare, babysitting, catering). I was able to feed myself and pay my rent very late. Yet I had a well-made resume, licensed and Master obtained in establishments of good reputations. In addition, I was bilingual and I had done very rewarding internships. I went to several job interviews, and the following days, recruiters informed me that they had found a better profile (experience and qualifications).

Looking for a job when you're out of work can be stressful. The longer the period of unemployment lengthens, the more negative thoughts assail. In itself, it is not unemployment that is difficult to manage. That's what happens: the accrued liabilities, the student loan, the uncertainty of tomorrow and the unpleasant feeling of being a burden to others. If this is your case, Hold on: GOD is faithful.

I was unemployed during one of the worst and best times of my life. It was one of the worst, but the LORD made sure it turned out to be one of the best. During this period, spiritual gifts manifested as never before, and GOD revealed my destiny to me. I have been sick, emotionally exhausted, slandered, and threatened. Three times I was in mourning, twice I asked GOD the FATHER to bring me back to Him. As the enemy failed to shoot me the first time, he tried to make me sick again. Fearing to give me bad news, the doctors sent me home, asking me to come back for more exams. But I had a copy of the first results and a demon was telling me that I would die of cancer ...

On returning home, I said to the LORD: "I trust you; A few months ago, You revived me by ordering that I live and fulfill my destiny. I withheld the message". The whole night I praised and proclaimed "Halleluyah". The following days, I continued to intercede for the persecuted church, and for an aunt suffering from cancer, hospitalized after 8 operations. A few weeks later, my doctor told me "Everything is fine": neither cancer nor tumor. There is something to take care of, but nothing to worry about. GOD spared me, but my heart doesn't rejoice. I feel guilty for being alive. My aunt is dying. She will be the third death. The first was one of my brothers, the second a cousin as much loved as the first .... Glory to JESUS, at the end of these painful months, I said "Halleluyah" and "Thank you". He took away my sorrow. Today I have tears of gratitude. If this is not your case yet, Hold on: GOD is faithful.

Let's go back to my 7 tips to transform your period of unemployment into a period of preparation.

1. Develop your fellowship: know the LORD and nourish your spirit

"For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light." (Psalms 36:10, KJ)

Give yourself quality time with GOD. When was the last time you approached to listen to Him, ask Him about the Scriptures, and not ask Him to bless you? What does GOD say about your present situation? Is it a test to build your character or an attack from the enemy? GOD speaks, listen to Him.

GOD is interested in you before looking at your situation. Take an interest in Him, before asking for His blessings. Faith comes from what we hear (Romans 10:17) and the spirit is nourished by the Word (Matthew 4: 4). How is your faith? The keys to success are in his Word. Meditating on it is the best investment you can make.

TYou don't know the challenges you'll meet tomorrow. Even less the tricks prepared by the devil. You don't know the type of adversity, the type of person you will meet tomorrow. A sister once said that she had a dream in which a client ordered her to give him a bank loan. In all the companies where I worked, I met people who practiced occult works. People who offer you chocolates on which they have pronounced incantations. People who continually slander colleagues to make you do the same. Because they know that slander and slander pollute the atmosphere and promote works of darkness. Not all presents are to be taken. If GOD has allowed you to be unemployed for a while, it is certainly for a reason: you have something to learn and certainly a battle to win. Know your GOD and feed your mind.

2. Do your inventory: Know yourself (Vision, Mission, Skill, gifts, talents).

" Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I separated you for myself.

I have appointed you to be a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5, CJB)

Who are you? What are your values? Are you really introverted or are you hiding an injury? Are you pretending to be in order to appear or are you really extroverted? What's your heartbeat? What are your gifts and talents? Beyond a good salary, what type of position do you want to occupy? Are you qualified for this position? Beginner? In professional retraining? The amount of your pay and the time you will spend in this business could depend on it. How do you see your professional career in 5 or 10 years? Ultimately what skills do you want to acquire or develop? In which area do you want to be a reference? Are you planning to start your own business? Your consulting firm? Why did you study? Why didn't you do it, or why did you stop? Do you manifest the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22-23)? What would you like people to remember you after your death?

"Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them." (Psalms 139:16, CJB)

Don't rush to answer these questions. Ask the help of the HOLY SPIRIT. If you don't know your calling, at least have a vision for your life. Anyway, let the HOLY SPIRIT lead you. The LORD will reveal your destiny to you as and when He sees fit. The speaker and author Jolie Selemani usually says "GOD knows how He is preparing us for our destiny. How can we explain that David, future king of Israel, grazed cattle?"

The call of the Apostle Paul was known from his conversion (Acts 9:15; Acts 27: 16-18). On the other hand, for the Apostle Peter, a certain time has passed (Matthew 16:18; John 21:17). The first was a Pharisee, the second a fisherman. Moses was 80 years old when he saw the burning bush. JESUS at the age of twelve was aware of being a son of GOD. At 14, Teacher Myles Munroe (1954 - 2014) knew he will serve the LORD. As children, the daughters of William Booth (1829 -1912), the founder of the Salvation Army, already knew that they would serve the LORD. It was in a military camp that Teacher Derek Prince (1915 -2003) met the LORD. The same night, He reveals his destiny. Knowing your destiny does not guarantee that you will achieve it. Many started the race well and never finished it. Conclusion: Knowing your destiny is good, but walk by the spirit is better.

**Wuma rambuge = Good morning in Yipunu language (Gabon)

**Magandáng umága = Good morning (wonderful morning), in Tagalog language (Philippines)

To go forward :

- Purpose Driven Life, by Pasteur Rick Warren

- Mastering Your Purpose, Calling, and Career, Prophetess Dr Faith Wokoma

- Know Your Role, Bishop T.D. Jakes

- Purpose, Mission and Vision (Understand the Difference), Dr Myles Munroe

- Discover the Hidden You, by Dr Myles Munroe



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