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When it comes to networking, is it advisable to use faith-based connections?

The Hiring Process

Job seekers say they often secure leads from their faith-based connections through casual conversations that take place after services, at holiday parties or other religious gatherings. Some religious groups facilitate this networking by giving out job leads  through email, their newsletters, and online forums. Career Journal.com points out a group called “Between Jobs Ministry” that was set up 15 years ago by the pastor at  Northwest Bible Church in Spring, Texas. This ministry offers job-search assistance through weekly meetings, and by providing a place for networking, critiquing resumes, mock interviews and the exchange of emotional and spiritual support. One need not be a church member to join the group but they can expect the group to recite a Christian devotional during the meetings. A word of caution: Avoid discussing your faith or religious beliefs with hiring managers or executive recruiters. Stick to discussion on the job at hand. The exception would be if your involvement in religion would promote your candidacy. An example would be if you wanted to point out in an interview that you had leadership skills by citing your role of deacon in your church and the leadership skills your enact in that position. Bottom line – don’t miss the opportunity to use your faith-based or any other connections as a part of your networking strategy.