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Consultant Charlie Balmer shares over at LifeHacker the reasons that he doesn’t hire people when they come in for an interview.  Charlie writes:
When you first walk in to my office, I am expecting you to be one of the 99%+ people who I know I won’t hire in the first 5 minutes. I am hoping I will be proven wrong, because I really want to hire you and be done interviewing. Unfortunately, most people looking for jobs don’t deserve them.
Here are some of the reasons: 1.  You send me a stupidly long resume 2.  You can’t tell me why you like your current job 3.  You have no career plans or vision 4.  You have no skills 5.  You answer my questions with conjecture. Then Charlie goes on to tell you how to win with your interview. If you’re looking for a new church job, this article will be helpful to you. And hey… while you’re at it… post your resume at my new website.  It’s free!

Here are three brand new Children’s ministry openings added yesterday at NEW JOBS ADDED Children’s Ministry Director – Fremont, CA Children’s Pastor – Panama City, FL Children’s Ministry Director – Michigan If your church is looking for a new staff member, take a few minutes to add your opportunity to our database (for free!) and we’ll include it here at the blog tomorrow! NEW RESUMES ADDED Rena is looking for a Stewardship/Administrative position Todd and John are looking for a Senior Pastor position Lee is looking for an Executive Pastor position Tom is looking for an Associate Pastor position You can add your resume (for free!) right now! (and we’ll include it here tomorrow!) You can search and download all these resumes for free.  You just need to sign-in with your free account (it takes less than a minute to register). To get all the newest job openings as they happen, follow @churchjobs on Twitter.

The art of job seeking and resume writing is constantly changing. After reviewing thousands  at MinisterSearch, I’ve come up with 10 things to consider when writing a resume:
  1. Format – as concise, to the point, and easy to read as possible – don’t write a novel (insert smiley face here)
  2. The EXPERIENCE section is by far the most important section of the resume – use action oriented and descriptive bullet points to show how you can do the job for which you are applying
  3. The OBJECTIVE is no longer cool – your objective is the job – don’t waste the real estate
  4. Dates should be on the RIGHT – years only, no months
  5. In general, go back only 15 years unless there are SIGNIFICANT achievements before – even if your older, don’t let them know it (50 is the new 30)
  6. Don’t list run-of-the-mill skills; i.e., PowerPoint, Excel, MS Word—makes you look like you’re behind the times
  7. Send references on a separate sheet but not until you’re asked
  8. CONTACT INFO – Don’t label phone numbers, fax numbers or your address; only cell and email should be listed
  9. When you save your resume, name it so someone else understands what it is ex: david.lyons.resume.doc
  10. The things that YOU think are necessary – what are the things you believe should or shouldn’t be in a resume?
  For a sample resume visit this link and click  the SAMPLE RESUME tab. David Lyons is the chief search consultant with MinisterSearch. For more than 10 years, his firm has worked with thousands of churches and pastors – helping in the areas of strategic staffing and leadership. Contact him at: