Tailoring your Public Image

Are you thinking about sharing this post? Do it. It is a way to shape your public image.

The Pantocrator icon of Christ (center) from Sinai shows two images of Christ in one. The other two images have mirrored each of the sides of Christ’s face from the original. Image © Timothy Takemoto

Whether you realize it or not, your online activity is creating a unique profile. When you share a link on Facebook, you’re telling someone what you’re reading. When you create a new connection on LinkedIn, you’re opening yourself up to new 2nd and 3rd degree connections. When you post a tweet about your lunch, you’re telling the world.

When we look at this information all together, we see an image of a person. Some people may have reserved images. They might hide their posts, and use a professional headshot for their profile pictures. They are communicating a level of corporate professionalism with these decisions.

On the other hand, an artist might choose to keep his posts eccentric. He might dig up interesting posts from the depths of the internet.

How about an Orthodox Christian? What does their identity look like?

There are some who think they need to post all Orthodox, all the time. They communicate their fervor for the faith, and they keep other people conversing. Do they get controversial? Sure. Is it bad to be controversial? Ask Christ. He was pretty controversial.

On the other hand, some like to keep their profiles a bit more reserved. These people are no less committed to the faith, but they have a different way of communicating their image.

What we post – or choose not to post – tells people about who we are. My advice? Whatever image you decide to create for yourself, do it on purpose.

Taken from an article found on LinkedIn.

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Polishing Up Your Resume

Resume writing: you’re doing it wrong.

I remember when I was first taught the art of resume writing in High School. It was part of a class I took called “Corporate Communications.” Writing a resume was all about filling one page with as much content as humanly possible – even if it meant using 10 pt font – and using as many action words as you could come up with. As it turns out, I was not the only one who learned resume writing this way.

The good people over at The Work Buzz put together a great infographic letting us know what we’re getting wrong.

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As it turns out, a resume shouldn’t be quite so cookie-cutter after all. As a matter of fact, in this increasingly difficult job market, resume writing is all about articulating who you are and what your talents are. Check out the rest of the article from The Work Buzz below.

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make a resume shine

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OCA Launches Job Search Skills Program

Tatiana Hoff, presenter of the webinar

Tatiana Hoff, presenter of the webinar

Finding employment is not only about matching your skills with an appropriate position. In today’s tough job market, strong interviewing skills are essential to land your dream job. Within Orthodox Christian networks, this remains true. A person with great talents may go overlooked if he or she is unable to express what those talents are.

The Orthodox Church in America has developed a series of webinars for job seekers. The first broadcast has already come and gone, but stay tuned for the next. The exact dates and links for registration are in the text taken from the OCA press release below.  Continue reading

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Lay Piety and Orthodox Vocation

In a recent interview with the Orthodox Christian Network, Nicholas Marinides, a PhD. student at Princeton discusses the practices of ancient lay piety and their application today. For Orthodox Christians, especially in the modern workplace, it is difficult to maintain a rhythm of piety and prayer throughout our day.

The books widely available to Orthodox Christians provide a daunting type of spirituality – one that is usually monastic in origin. The books of monks and the lives of monastic saints are essential reading, but the daily cycle of services (approximately 8 hours of service per day) is impossible for a person working 8 hours per day while raising a family.

Nicholas emphasizes the points of encountering and internalizing this monastic vocation. He talks about some helpful books on lay piety, and he explains how our relationship with monastic piety and the ancient understanding of lay piety can be combined in the modern world.

Follow the link here to listen to the full interview. Nicholas starts his discussion just after the ten minute mark.

Lay Piety in the Early Church on the Orthodox Christian Network

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Individual Employment and Our Identity as Orthodox Christians

What is asked of parishes is also asked of us as individuals. As Orthodox Christians, we are employed in many occupations, businesses, professions, and jobs through which we earn our livelihood. This Congress [Clergy-Laity Congress, 1972] challenges every Orthodox Christian to examine himself and to ask if there is a fudamental harmony between his faith and his work. Integrity is needed here also. The choice of our work; how it influences the world about us; how it expresses our commitment to Christ and His Church; the opportunities it provides us with to work for a more Christlike society, are questions which each individual Greek Orthodox Christian must ask of himself. Sincere faith will lead some of us to recognize that our daily work can be harmonized with our Orthodox Christian commitment. Others of us will see new ways to change our work patterns so that the spiritual and ethical dimensions and opportunities of our employment can be enhanced. Many of us will see how our Christian witness can be embodied and made more clear and strong through our work. The message of Astronaut James Irwin to this Congress is a perfect example which this Congress commends to all of our Orthodox faithful. Those in the professions are especially charged with this responsibility. The physician, attorney, journalist, educator, communications specialist, consultant, and elected official must never forget that they are first of all sons and daughters of God, servants of the Lord Jesus Christ and responsible members of His Holy Orthodox Church. Above all, the clergyman must never forget the requirement that he is to be, in both work and deed, the exemplar for the faithful.

Harakas, Stanley S. Let Mercy Abound (Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1983), 133-134.

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General Hospital Star Finds Christ in Acting

General Hospital star and four-time Emmy award winner, Jonathan Jackson, was recently interviewed by an Orthodox priest on Ancient Faith Radio. What, one might ask, would a soap opera actor have in common with an Orthodox priest? Quite a lot, in this case. Jackson and his family, after a long spiritual journey, are now catechumens in the Orthodox Church. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick begins the interview by asking Jackson what led him to the Orthodox Church from his childhood faith experience as a Seventh Day Adventist. His story takes many unexpected and unconventional turns. Beyond his search for truth, though, Jackson also explores questions related to the intersection of vocation and faith, specifically in the realm of acting. In this conversation, the listener will find a fresh and grounded perspective – a new angle on how faith can inform the career of an artist of any kind.

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Really achieving your childhood dreams

Stained Glass MakingRandy Pausch, who passed away in 2008, was a professor of Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. Opening his last lecture by exposing “the elephant in the room,” he informs his class of his battle with pancreatic cancer. He shares his unexpectedly positive and humorous wisdom on how to REALLY achieve your childhood dreams.

Touching on family, humility, expression of creativity, the importance of people over things, integrity, sincerity and gratitude, this inspiring and moving lecture sheds light on how to live your life the right way. As easy as it is to go with the grain, Pausch encourages us to reevaluate our talents, childhood dreams, the way we live and our outlook on life.

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The Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom

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More and more of us are attending graduate school. In turn, less and less of us are getting practical experience in the field. Is striving for classroom knowledge impeding our cultivation of wisdom?

Rosetta Thurman, focused on leadership, nonprofits and socially responsible business, weighs possible benefits and detriments experienced when our single path diverges into two: graduate school or practical experience. Continued schooling fine tunes our specialization. Experience in the work force encourages responsibility, resilience and maturity. Either path we chose, how do we use our talents on a benevolent way? By gaining knowledge and wisdom, how do we continue to grow in our faith?

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A Holy Barista?

In an article for Relevant magazine, Margot Starbuck delves into possible opportunities to express our love for God and our neighbor, no matter what our job may be.

Our philanthropic responsibilities are often set aside from our daily routine. Giving to the poor, whether in goods or spirit, is typically something we do during a designated time – attending an annual charitable fundraiser, occasionally helping at a soup kitchen, donating old clothes after Spring cleaning, etc. Do our every day interactions not include those who are in need? When we open our hearts and take a closer look, we see the opportunity to give and love others is abundant.

Whether someone is a barista, an IT guy (or girl) or working in a cubicle, our calling – our vocation – is to be holy. Starbuck encourages us to get to know the cook in the cafeteria, to provide our talents to benefit our parish, or giving left over food, destined for a dumpster, to a shelter instead.  By raising our awareness of the people we cross paths with everyday, we can fulfill our task of philanthropy – of loving people.

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Love your job or your paycheck?

Dan Pink, author of two New York Times bestseller books, discusses his research on motivation; he claims that science confirms ‘what we already knew in our hearts’ – that humans do not succeed in the work environment based on extrinsic motivations – a punishment/reward system – but rather on intrinsic motivations – finding a sense of purpose in what you do. If Mary loves what she does and feels that it is actually making a difference, she will do a much better job than Joe who feels like his work is meaningless but works to get a paycheck.

This distinction between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation raises a lot of questions about how most companies motivate their employees. Do humans really care if they are getting more money/perks? Is that what makes us work more? Or does it have more to do with feeling a sense of purpose and meaning in what we do, or even a sense of autonomy, as Pink suggests?

Here at the Office of Vocation & Ministry we are constantly exploring the notion of vocation as it relates to the over-arching call to love God and neighbor.  This is all well and good, but how much do we consider the need to love what we do as well? Perhaps looking at what we are good at and love doing can help guide us in our job hunt. It may not mean a 6 figure salary right off the bat; but Dan Pink (and we would agree) seems to think that your best bet in the career search is sticking with what you love to do, and learning how to do it well!

See Pink’s TED talk for a more accessible summary of his message!

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