Ministry and Job Search Tools 

A job search does not have to be done by trial and error or by the "hunt and peck" style of searching. Instead the job search can be systematic and strategic.

The following is designed to offer you the basics of the job search. The Career Center staff would be happy to assist you in creating your personalized job search strategy. Please e-mail us at and ask for job search help, and we will be there to get you started. You may also call us at (312) 329-4414.


Job Steps
1. Pray
2. Research
3. Resume
4. Networking
5. References
6. Cover Letters
7. Job Applications
8. Sending Applications
9. Interviews
10. Thank You Notes

Step 1: Pray

  • That God would be directing you clearly to the good works He has for you (Ephesians 2:10)
  • That God would open up doors of opportunity
  • That God would sovereignly work as you take these steps
  • That God would keep you encouraged in this process

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Step 2: Research

  • Search job listings on websites like, Career Development Database of Christian Organizations and more (contact Career Development for more)
  • What to look for: About Us, History, Philosophy, Mission, how they describe themselves
  • Ask yourself if you could see yourself fitting in there
  • Do they live and believe like you do?
  • What are their passions and do they match yours?
  • Where are they located? Does that fit your plans?

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Step 3: Resume

  • Remember that all PCM work is just like an internship or field education
  • Use "Experience" not "Work" or "Employment," so there is no work vs. volunteer comparison
  • Your resume creates a correct word picture of you
  • Details are key to highlighting what you have done, as the context can maximize your experience
  • Use action-oriented words and phrases
  • This document may be the first impression that an organization has of you—it must be error free

(Resume Examples

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Step 4: Networking

  • Asking people who know and like you to help find openings or connect you to others who know of openings
  • Make a list of who you know, where they are and what potential connections they have
  • Who: parent's friends, church friends, high school friends and past teachers, Moody friends and profs
  • Contact them, tell them what you want to do and ask them to help you

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Step 5: References

  • Three to 5 people who have seen you doing your experiences
  • One out of 3 references could be a Character Reference
  • Two out of 5 references could be a Character Reference
  • These should be people who will be complimentary
  • Ask them before you use them as a reference
  • Inform them about what you are going for and why you think you would do it well; give them info on you
  • Stay in touch with them throughout the process

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Step 6: Cover Letters

  • Introduces your resume; peaks their interest in you
  • See example in the back of Resume Booklet for content
  • Includes allusions to the info you learned about the organization from your research
  • Highlights how you are passionate about the same things as they are passionate about
  • Close with positive sentences about your ability and seek a chance to speak with the hiring person
  • Check for errors and how it looks

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Step 7: Job Applications

  • Copy the application and complete a rough draft of it
  • Read and follow the instructions
  • Proof your work for errors
  • Create and save documents that are asked for repeatedly
  • Questions asked can be a "tip off" to some of the organizational hot buttons or bugaboos
  • Proof your work for errors again

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Step 8: Sending Applications

  • Learn the best time to send the application (for teaching end of February or first of March)
  • If mailing a paper application, then send it flat; pay extra for a large envelope so that the App stays flat
  • If completing the application online, print out the App and then type it in, or proof your work well before submitting it
  • If attaching documents, save them to "PDF" format
  • Seek to learn the person you are sending to and address the App to them
  • Follow up with a call to confirm in 1 to 2 weeks

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Step 9: Interviews

  • Have your resume in front of you and carry extras
  • Have a pad of paper and a binder
  • Anticipate and prep for questions with examples
  • Write down the name(s) of those interviewing you
  • For phone interviews, put a smile in your voice and act on your end like it is an in-person interview
  • Make sure you will not be interrupted during a phone interview
  • If food is involved, you are there to interview, not get filled up; use good manners and don't stuff yourself
  • Have some questions to ask about them

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Step 10: Thank You Notes

  • They do not have to be long, but thank you notes are extremely important; they make you stand out
  • Write one to each person you interviewed with
  • Try and mention something specific that you appreciated about each interviewer
  • Mail them within a day of the interviews

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