Career Resources: For Job Seekers

Spiritual Perspectives on Careers and the Workplace (Video)

ABF Career Ally Dennis Marunde shares the spiritual values and goals that have guided his career path and business decisions. After studying at Principia College and the Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College, Dennis returned to his family’s business in greater Chicago with a fresh vision for the company’s future. Under this direction, […]

The Power of One-to-One Connections in Chicago! (Video)

We took the ABF Career Alliance to Chicago for a full day of career connections, stories, and inspiration with our friends there–and here’s what they had to say! And you don’t need to go to Chicago to “make a connection” or “be a connection” in the Career Alliance. You can get started searching or posting one-to-one connections right […]

Summer Internships Available at The Mother Church, Apply Online by January 30!

“Each summer, college students come to The Mother Church (TMC) in Boston to gain professional experience, new friendships, and deepen their commitment to Christian Science. They bring fresh ideas and contribute unique skills to the Christian Science movement.” ~TMCYouth You might want to be one of these students! Applications are now being excepted for 12 internships in […]

Announcing ABF Career Alliance 2016 Update!

Whether you are a recent graduate, active job seeker, career changer, or career ally, here’s some of what you’ll find in our updated ABF Career Alliance website and portal: …More ways to connect job seekers and career allies–from informational interviews to professional networking and career mentoring …Fully-engaged career allies waiting to connect to students, recent graduates, job seekers, career […]

How Madison Landed Her First Dream Job

How Madison Landed Her First Dream Job (Video)

After graduating from college in 2013 as a theatre major and art minor, Madison moved 2,000 miles from home to pursue a career that would utilize both her creative talents and business side. With no personal network in her new location, and no professional experience outside of college, Madison shares how what she learned in LifeLaunch!, […]

LifeLaunch! Module #1: Avoiding the Career Dumpster

Welcome to LifeLaunch!, the career development course that gives you all the tools you need to land a professional career-track position. Whether you’re starting your career, growing your career, or changing your career, you’ll find valuable tips and strategies that will help you succeed in your job search. “Avoiding the Career Dumpster is the intro module for the […]

LifeLaunch! Module #2: Microcosm-Macrocosm

Note: you may have ordered the textbooks if you completed Module 1; if not, you can do so now. They are vital to completion of the course. Step 1: Watch the Video Step 2: Watch the Bonus Video Step 3: Pass the Quiz Pick the best response for each question (answers below): 1) What is the […]

LifeLaunch! Module #3: Targeting a Job

Step 1: Watch the Video Step 2: Pass the Quiz Pick the best response for each question (answers below): 1) For long-term career success, one of these is more important than all the others. Which one is it? Talent Interest Income Intelligence 2) During a job search, how many active leads should a jobseeker have going […]

LifeLaunch! Module #4: Resumes and Cover Letters

Step 1: Watch the Video Step 2: Pass the Quiz Pick the best response for each question (answers below): 1) One of these is just flat-out wrong, while all the others are true. Which one? A street address is usually not on a young person’s resume. You definitely don’t want to have a weird email address […]

LifeLaunch! Module #5: Posted Openings

Step 1: Watch the Video Step 2: Pass the Quiz Pick the best response for each question (answers below): 1) Job seekers should act like what? A pack of werewolves A clutch of vampires A horde of zombies A lone chupacabra 2) If you don’t hear from an employer, how often should you give them a […]

LifeLaunch! Module #6: The Hidden Job Market

Step 1: Watch the Video Step 2: Pass the Quiz Pick the best response for each question (answers below): 1) What two facts about the hidden job market are most important? You can find jobs before they’re announced, and before the employer writes a job description. It is the largest part of the job market, and […]

LifeLaunch! Module #7: Interviewing

Step 1: Watch the Video Step 2: Pass the Quiz Pick the best response for each question (answers below): 1) What are Hero Stories? Seven to a dozen stories that you are ready to tell in any interview, about times when you demonstrated a skill or mastered a challenge. A Marvel comic book series A brand […]

LifeLaunch! Module #8: Salary Negotiations

Step 1: Watch the Video Step 2: Pass the Quiz Pick the best response for each question (answers below): 1) Which one of the following is not true about negotiating for salary? Over 80% of managers expect you to negotiate for salary. They may not move the numbers every time, but over 90% of managers do […]

LifeLaunch! Module #9: Your First Promotion

Onboarding and Positioning Yourself for Your First Promotion Step 1: Watch the Video Step 2: Pass the Quiz Pick the best response for each question (answers below): 1) What is your relationship to your boss? A boss is like a pilot, flying an airplane in a thick fog, and you are like an instrument, giving the […]

LifeLaunch! Certificate of Completion

LifeLaunch! Certificate of Training Completion

Congratulations on completing LifeLaunch! Congratulations! You now have the skills to earn a professional track position. Good luck with your career! Download and print a hard copy of your certificate:     About the LifeLaunch! program: LifeLaunch! was created by Donald Asher and associate, Jason Morris to help you, a recent college graduate, advance your career. […]

Informational Interviews: Getting the Insider’s View!

Your informational interview with Career Allies is at the heart of seeking and finding important career information and contacts within the ABF Career Alliance. This interview, with an experienced professional in your field of interest, provides you with hard-to access, current, and relevant industry information from an “insider’s” point of view. When conducted with skill […]

Questions to Ask in Your Informational Interview

Questions to Ask in Your Informational Interview PDF One of the biggest benefits of participating in the ABF Career Alliance is the opportunity to connect to successful professionals in your field of interest. Here are some questions that will help you get the most out of that interview. Your goal is to 1) gain a […]

User Agreement for Participants in the ABF Career Alliance

User Agreement PDF The mission of The Albert Baker Fund (ABF) is to serve the Cause of Christian Science and humanity by providing resources for the education and development of Christian Scientists. By providing the ABF Career Alliance, The Albert Baker Fund is offering a practical way of “Passing Your Blessings Forward,” which is central […]

What Every Resume Needs: Your Story and The Six Parts

What Every Resume Needs PDF by Robin Glenn Jones ABF Career Alliance Coordinator In Module 4 of LifeLaunch!, Resumes and Cover Letters, our resident career expert, Don Asher, identifies important information about how to structure your resume. As Don states, “The purpose of the resume is to get an interview.” In this module Don explains […]

How to Avoid the Resume Black Hole

The number one complaint we hear from job seekers when applying online is that they never get any response to their applications. The resume goes out and nothing ever comes back! It can be very disheartening to take the time and effort to apply for a job and have nothing to show for it–not even […]

Linked In

8 Short Steps to Your LinkedIn Profile

This article, 8 Steps To Creating A Powerful LinkedIn Profile, is a brief guide to building an effective LinkedIn profile. One of the most important tips: make sure your Profile is 100% complete—LinkedIn says it will appear 40 more times in search results!  

Linked In

Everything You Need to Create Your LinkedIn Account

According to the December 2013 Business Insider, “a full 94% of recruiters today use social media in their recruitment efforts.” A fully-completed LinkedIn Profile is an essential tool for today’s job search, and a requirement for Job Seekers participating in the ABF Career Alliance. To assist you with creating an effective LinkedIn Profile and utilizing the […]