A church-related unemployment support group in Massachusetts offers participants tips on writing resumes, developing new contacts and making ends meet. The group also prays, in an effort to “refine and strengthen their faith along the way.” How important do you see faith as a tool for motivation to seek employment? Do you teach members of your flock to use prayer or the Bible as a motivator when going out into the job pool?
I believe faith can and should serve as a strong motivational force for those seeking employment. Religious teachings stress the importance of leading a wholesome life, a key ingredient of which is having a job and being a productive member of society. Jewish teachings frequently laud the positive effects, both physical and spiritual, of employment and extol the benefits of an honest day’s work.
Faith can be a real source of strength in challenging times, and searching for work in today’s climate is no easy task. Our country — and indeed the entire world — is experiencing a severe economic contraction, resulting in millions of lost jobs.