Recently, I had stumbled upon an article on Mashable that provides tips for online job seekers. The article mainly speaks about your online profile on social media. One of the warning tips is being overly religious on your social media posts. The infograph says 26% of headhunters and employers react negatively towards overly religious posts.
I couldn’t agree more on this information. Especially today that the internet has made the world smaller and we are now able to employ or work with other nationalities with other beliefs. As a freelancer, I have lots of clients with different nationalities such as Indian and Indonesian which has totally different religious beliefs. Although my clients are mostly American and Australian, I still prevent greeting them on a Christian manner such as ‘God bless’ or any similar greetings. Not that I’m afraid to offend them and lose my job but I do it because they may not relate to or appreciate the greeting. I could just imagine if I were greeted “As-Salamu Alaykum” . Although I know that this means “Peace be upon you”, it still feel awkward for me and don’t know how to respond in an instant. It may put me on ‘hang’ even it is on my desire to respond positively.
It is also my daily routine to post bible passages on my Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and LinkedIn. Actually, even before I read this information, I have a teeny-weeny concern about posting bible passages on LinkedIn regularly. LinkedIn is a social media for professionals around the world. The purpose of getting connections on your LinkedIn network is to get referrals and future collaborators and employers. LinkedIn serves as your professional profile.
Common updates or posts on LinkedIn are usually, if not all, something about business and work, and I have several connections that are Indian and similar nationalities that could be Buddhist or Hindu. Sometimes I’m thinking that LinkedIn might ban me for regular posting of bible and religious posts including my blog updates. I’m also thinking that I might offend several of my connections. But so far, thank God, there are no hate response, yet.
I’m doing this not to intentionally offend or attack other beliefs. I’m doing this as a part of my vow to God to spread His word as much as I can. I also made spreading His word as a part of my business. I’m using my resources for this blog to help unbelievers and seekers to understand, and Christians to inspire. And whenever I offer my business or receive inquiries about my services, I always include this blog as my portfolio for writing and building website no matter what nationality the client is. This is my way to display my skills and give them a glance on Christianity at the same time, and hoping that some words, sentences, or titles on this blog would make them curious or interest them on Christianity. And how great it is to be used by God, isn’t it?
About offending future employers and hiring managers for being overly religious, I’ll leave that up to you. I don’t know your values. I don’t know how you value your job and your belief. But for me, I’ll continue to post hundreds and thousands of bible passages on my profile. I may offend all my employers and lose my projects, I may lose huge opportunities, I may lose connections and contacts, but if I’ll please God, it is enough security for me. If there is a single soul that will be saved through being overly religious, that is enough purpose for me. For me, no employers or clients that could match what God can give to me. In fact, there are even circumstances that I get hired or marked when they discovered that I’m also a Christian.
Bible verses about God’s provision:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” – Matthew 6:31-34
“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” – Matthew 7:11
“And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.” – John 21:6
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8
“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” – Psalm 37:25
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” – Psalm 23:1
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1
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