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Do employers care about an applicants religion etc?

Discussion in 'Business and Finance' started by Klang, Aug 17, 2016.

  1. The question is prompted by an experience I had at the free ' Working Links' job help scheme for the unemployed a few years ago.
    We were given a sheet of paper and told to write a typical job application letter, after which the "experts" running the course would comment on it.
    In mine I mentioned that I had "Christian values, am a non-smoker and non-drinker", but the experts blew a fuse and said "Noooo, you can't write that because employers simply wouldn't be interested in knowing any of that!"
    Is that so? I'd have thought employers would be very interested indeed to know!..:)
  2. Hi Klang,
    I am sure you have heard the saying let the dead bury the dead, follow me.

    What you experienced is the world system at work or the dark trying to guide the light. Although sometimes letting employers know you are a Christian can work against you, those types of employment are Not Right for us any way.

    Lol....what night club owner wants the light in his establishment bringing light to the filthy darkness inside?

    No my friend, it is Wise to include your Godly beliefs and morals for in the end this can get you in the door over some one who may be more qualified.

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  3. This is a very interesting subject as I believe that it really depends on where you are called to work, and when. This I know from personal experience.

    2 years ago I was used by God to lead Devotion Groups at work. What started as something simple as 3 girls getting together during our lunch breaks to share on His Word turned out to be one of the many spiritual breakthroughs at our workplace. Because our workplace actually accepts and encourages diversity (it's embedded in our core values), there's really no reason not to have groups at work in our own time. Group has since increased in members and that's all because of God - it was His plan not mine, and His plans always work. I was just merely just a vessel being used, and it was very humbling.

    Late last year I was prompted to apply for other jobs within the same organisation. I was thinking "wait, what about DG?", "who's going to lead?" "Coordinate?" etc. I had to remain strong in faith and trust in God. God comfirmed with me in His Word through the Holy Spirit and revealed to me 5 months ago that it was time to move on. He spoke. I moved. I started applying for jobs and was successful in one of them. I had actually applied for another role that I thought I was meant to get but instead got offered a job I didn't expect to get. God reminded me in scripture; "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55: 8&9.

    I asked God to only release me if I was going to be used elsewhere to Glorify Him in which He did.

    Now I'm being used in my new role in which God's using me to start Devotion Groups here at work too. He's revealed to me how hungry his children are for Him which is awesome! This confirmation came through a colleague whom I've never met before. She had contacted someone, an old colleague of mine from my old workplace and asked if there were any DGs happening here - to that he referred her to me. My first day on the job I had this lady come up to me and say "Hi Mel, you don't know me but I've been prompted to help start a DG here and I've been referred to you by your old colleague, wow praise God you've just arrived in time!". To my thinking, "No sista, God's arrived in time" :)

    I've also been blessed to meet and network with other Christians around the workplace :)

    When He calls us to go places, we must listen and obey, this in saying, please know that not all callings are the same for everyone and it might be that not all of us will be used in the workplace but know and believe we can surely be used - it's up to YOU to make yourself available as a vessel for God.

    My perspective at work with my colleagues has changed since. I now see it as 'opportunities' and how I can be used to bring God's Glory in truth to the workplace. I'm a walking testimony and ambassador for God first, then a full time employee second.

    To God be all the Glory!

    "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." - 2 Corinthians 4: 7.
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  4. I think it would be a good idea to inform potential employers of your beliefs, however with religious discrimination, employers may just ignore the fact.
    I like to believe that I am representing Christians and Christianity with how I behave; as Christians, we have a duty to be kind to our fellow man.
    I have never met other Christians at any workplace that I have worked at unfortunately - hopefully one day. :)

    Ephesians 4:32 - Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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  5. No doubt. And with that comes spirit of discernment. Not all Employers are accepting.

    Re: Christians in the workplace, I can honestly say we are blessed to have more than a dozen here, and more than 100 nationwide (we're a big organisation hehe) however that's not to say that we don't have lost brothers and sisters in the workplace. We pray for them every time we meet up :)
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  6. That's nice. :)
    I work at a family business which is pretty small so there isn't much opportunity to meet Christians, however its still important to pray for them; something I need to do more of.
    Employers ought to bring the best out of their employees and by accepting their faith is important is a good start.
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  7. I know from experience; standing in faith and believing in God, most often you find yourself being escorted to the door.
  8. #9 Klang, Aug 17, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2016
    Thanks for the responses so far, and for the record I never did follow Working Links advice, I simply carried on mentioning in job applications that I'm a Christian, non-smoker and non-drinker..:)
    It's difficult to know if employers were interested in knowing or not, but I certainly had plenty of invites to interviews over the years so it obviously didn't put many of them off.
    No doubt they thought "it can't be bad to have a Christian on the team because he/she will never be late for work, he won't sneak days off, he'll probably gladly do overtime to help me out and be a loyal trustworthy hardworking employee, and as he's a nonsmoker/nondrinker his health will be above average and he won't keep taking days off sick or to sleep off a hangover"..:)

    PS- I should add that the actual interview plays a big part in whether we land a job, I make a point of being my open, good-humoured and friendly confident self towards the interviewer and they seem to like it, it's the super-confident trait that all Christians have-
    "Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured." (Col 4:12)

    For example I was once interviewed for the job of temporary hotel porter, but the two co-owners must have liked my attitude so much that they offered me the job of permanent hotel manager instead!
    Sadly I had to decline because I was moving to another part of the country in a few weeks, but I often wonder if I'd have made a good Basil Fawlty..:)
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  9. Its a sad fact. :(
  10. I was applying for a job many years ago and a Christian from our church happened to review the list of applicants and I got an interview,
    almost ten years later, in that job, the section was closing down and another Christian asked me if I had done a certain level at school and he got me transferred to a higher grade in another area...then 10 years later again I was going for a permanent grade increase and a Christian rang me at home and said let me help you with the interview questions, he was senior to me. The latter two men were Catholics. It wasn't these men alone but God working through them to bless me and they knew I was a Christian and I have never hid that at work.
    If employers don't want honest workers with good ethics who won't steal from them, won't lie to them, won't turn up late or be lazy on the job, well, what can we say
    are they running a business based on looks?
    If Employers have a hang up with "Christian religiousness", then they can employ people who will be lazy, steal from them, swear, insult their customers, break the rules, tattoo themselves head to toe, good on them.
    A workplace with Christians is like heaven on earth, wow it is so good.
    You don't have gossips or drunks or crude jokes or office parties relationships...actually you might get the office relationships, gotta watch out for those.
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  11. It may increase the chances, however not every non-Christian behaves in this manner.

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