Writing Resumes for Clients in Religious Occupations

  • Wednesday, March 06, 2013
  • (CST)
  • Online Training

"Writing Resumes for Clients in Religious Occupations"  with Ginger Korljan, NCRW, CCMC

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 • 1 p.m. Eastern

Competition for those pursuing religious professions has become extremely stiff today. Churches and faith-based organizations are receiving record numbers of applications for few available positions. Sadly, economic downturns, low church attendance, and scandals are displacing clerics at an alarming rate, and often these displaced workers are discouraged and unsure how to translate their experience to the religious or secular world. Although religious professionals are often charismatic public speakers, they may feel uncomfortable sharing "accomplishments" that could be interpreted as bragging. These professionals need résumé writers who can help them stand out personally, professionally, and theologically among the myriad of candidates. By understanding what is important, asking probing questions, and listening carefully to religious language and "buzzwords," you can write resumes in your client's voice and according to his or her individual beliefs.

Often resume writers shy away from writing religious resumes because they aren't familiar with this industry or population. If you would like to improve your approach or expand your business to include this clientele, please join Ginger Korljan as she demystifies the process.

By attending this teleseminar, you will learn:
  • How to guide clients in explaining their particular beliefs or denominational system.
  • Which categories are important to include or exclude on faith-based resumes.
  • How to craft accomplishment statements while demonstrating humility.
  • How to apply story-telling methods to illustrate career challenges and milestones.
  • Which websites and resources can help these clients in a job search.

Not only is Ginger Korljan a Nationally Certified Résumé Writer and a Certified Career Management Coach, she also has been involved with large and small churches most of her life as a wife, daughter, and sister of protestant pastors, and as a resume writing instructor for seminary students. She has written resumes for people in a variety of ministry roles, including: Executive Pastor, Worship Leader, Counselor, Teacher, Senior Pastor, Youth Pastor, Administrative Assistant, Missionary, and Nonprofit Executive. Although she considers faith-based clients a strong niche, Ginger assists people from all walks of life. She is the sole employee of her company, Take Charge Coaching.

The cost for the training is $19.99 for NRWA members and $29.99 for non-members. To register, visit: 

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