It is a biblical command that everyone who is able should work to provide for themselves and their family. The Word of the Lord even says that if a person who doesn't provide for his own family that he is worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5:8.) Even people who have disabilities, some severe, have proven that they can do at least some kind of job. Even selling flowers and pretzels on a street corner is a job and provides a service to a community.
The book of Proverbs in the Bible is full of exhortation and rebuke against all forms of laziness, idleness, and slothful behavior. A few examples are:
Proverbs 12:24, "The hand of the diligent will rule, but the lazy man will be put to forced labor."
Proverbs 13:4, "The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich."
Proverbs 20:4, "The lazy man will not plow because of winter; he will beg during harvest and have nothing."
Proverbs 21:25, "The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor."
Proverbs 26:14, "As a door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man on his bed."
And many other places, including the parables that Jesus spoke:
Matthew 25:26, "But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed."
Even the Apostle Paul worked as a tent maker to provide the gospel of Jesus Christ free of charge:
Acts 18:3, "So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers."
Acts 20:34, "You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions."
1 Corinthians 4:12, "We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it..."
1 Corinthians 9:12-18, "If others have this right of support from you, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. ... In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me, for I would rather die than allow anyone to deprive me of this boast. What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel."
1 Thessalonians 4:11, "... and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you..."
2 Thessalonians 3:8, "nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you..."
There are many, many more scriptures in the Bible of God's Word encouraging able-bodied people to do their part to take care of themselves and to contribute to the rest of society. It should be clearly evident that, if one is able to work, one should work, and not burden anyone else. It is with this in mind that we offer some of the following resources to assist those looking for work.
To begin with, attitude of mind and spirit has much to do with getting a job. So many people are convinced there aren't enough jobs out there and immediately give up looking. True, jobs are very hard to find these days... competition is great... but there are still some jobs available if you are willing to take them.
Maybe you will have to move to a different location within the County, State, or even move to a different State. Using the Internet and typing in "where is the best job growth" will yield locations of cities and types of jobs available.
Maybe you will need to get more training. For example, the Health Care industry is expected to grow rapidly as the number of people expected to retire increases from the "Baby Boomer" generation. Not only will hospital and doctor office jobs with formal training grow, but so will hospice, assisted living, and nursing home care givers, maintenance, cooks, and so on, with informal ways of training. The construction industry is expected to grow in many states as well. Many large companies and independent contractors offer in-house and on-the-job training.
Although many people might object to moving or retraining to get a job, or may be not wanting to accept a lower paying job in a skill they already have... yet it is usually the current state of affairs in a recession. One statistic states that people in this generation will change jobs at least 7 times in their lifetime. Economies all over the world have experienced these variable employment cycles throughout the ages. This reality is nothing new, and people who want to improve their lot in life need to be flexible.
Many people want to get the best jobs possible without having to work too hard... well isn't that true of just about everyone? But reality usually means you need to have lots of qualities and skills to get to the top while climbing the ladder of success. Most people have to start small, and through diligence and a lot of effort, build upon a career over many years. It is very rare that people suddenly win the lottery and can just sit back and relax for the rest of their lives.
Evaluate your qualifications and skills. Do you have a drivers license with a clean driving record for a job that involves driving? If you don't, you may immediately lose out on a huge amount of those particular opportunities... but not all. For example, many pizza delivery drivers are hired out of desperation by the restaurant owner due to high turnover of undependable workers. Simply having a vehicle with insurance and a license can be enough to get started.
Similarly, a high school education, although highly desirable, is not necessarily required for such a position. Even a criminal record can be overlooked, especially if time and distance put it further and further into the past with proven good behavior since. Everyone makes mistakes in life, and has had to suffer the consequences of their choices. But the future can always be hopeful to the person who seeks out the Lord's will in his or her life. "But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God, all things are possible." (Mark 10:27.)
Where do you begin if you don't have any skills, such as a person who just graduated from high school? Or, what if you have a proven track record, but you lost your job due to the recession? The first place to begin is to seek the Lord's help and wisdom. God's Word says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5.) God wants to hear from you! He wants a closer relationship with you! He wants to be your Partner in EVERYTHING you do! What better way to get things rolling than to ask the Creator of the entire Universe for His help?
Next, do your research. The local paper may not seem to have much to offer with making available jobs very easy to find. Similarly, many of the Internet jobs postings don't make it easy for you when thousands of other people are applying for the same job. But still look at these sources anyway and don't be discouraged if there isn't much there. You don't need all of the jobs, just one to get started.
Persistence will pay off sooner or later. Make a job out of getting a job. Get up early. Put in the effort. Do whatever it takes to achieve your goal. Make a plan and follow it. Don't let distractions get in your way. Don't be afraid to try new ideas. Even if you don't want to do it, the sooner you get into the motion, the sooner the emotion will follow.
"Network" by asking all of your friends and relatives if they know of anyone looking to hire, even if it means moving to another State. Maybe a relative will let you move in with them if you help pay for meals and utilities once you find a job. Another method is to go to employers who have a high turnover rate with their employees. Search the Internet for new job locations where job growth is expected. Be willing to take a lesser job until a better one comes along.
Get help from others who are in the business of helping people get hired. One of the very best experts in the field who offers free resources on her website is Robin Ryan at:
In her web site, she offers many pointers on how to write a resume` and a cover letter, how to answer questions in an interview, and how to negotiate a better salary. But even after writing out your resume and typing it up on a computer, give a copy to your friends and have them edit your documents and suggest improvements.
Another great resource on the Internet is YouTube.com or Google or other free web service where you can type into the search engine query box any of your questions you may have. For example, type in, "How do I find a job?" or "How do I write a resume?"
Finally, remember that this is a team effort between you and God through the Lord Jesus Christ. God wants you to develop all kinds of character traits such as honesty, dependability, trustworthiness, persistence, patience, self control, and so on. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and nothing is too small or too great for Him to do. Jesus said,
"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened." (Luke 11:9-10.)