Discover your strengths, values, and interests to identify the right career path for you. We will assess your skills and help you explore potential career options.
We will review your resume and provide feedback on how to make it stand out to potential employers. Our team will help you identify key accomplishments and highlight your skills to get you noticed.
Ace your next interview with our expert interview coaching. We will help you prepare for common interview questions, develop your elevator pitch, and provide feedback on your performance.
Get ahead in your career with our career advancement services. We will work with you to set goals, identify opportunities for growth, and develop a plan to achieve your professional aspirations.
Achieve work/life balance with our coaching services. We will help you identify your priorities, set boundaries, and manage your time effectively to achieve a healthier, more fulfilling life.
Build a strong professional network with our networking strategies. We will help you identify key connections, develop a networking plan, and provide feedback on your approach.
Successful job-hunting pastors know the strategies and tactics required for unlocking the doors to unposted jobs in the secular employment market. They know how to find and secure “gainful” and rewarding opportunities which puts them a step ahead of their competition in getting the interview
Potential employers spend roughly 13 seconds to review an applicant’s resume for the first time, which means that from the initial glance, it must capture their attention and prompt them to read further.
Keep potential employers riveted with your interviewing skills; learn of the little known tactics used by successful interviewees to get the “hire”, master the 5 phases of the interview process.
In secular settings, bivocational pastors encounter entirely different cultures from their congregations. While their chuch culture may be one that embraces relationships, their secular one may focus instead on numbers and production details. Knowing the difference can mean enjoying a natural “fit” in one’s second job as opposed to a clash of values.
Effectual bivocational pastors recognize the various hiring / management biases employers harbor towards part-time employees and know how to successfully counter their influences.
Laying out the basics of what’s important to you is to your benefit if do properly. Learn the subtleties of successful negotiation tactics used by successful negotiators.
Packard’s six-week, online class, “Job Hunting Field Guide: Bivocational and Beyond,” was a big success. Participants learned new ways to present themselves, their skills, and their background when seeking secular employment.
Rev. Darryl W. Stephens, PhD
Director, Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry
With the increased number of congregations that can no longer afford full-time pastors, Packard’s contribution will be critical. I commend Packard’s work to all who seek a faithful path forward for ministers and the congregations they serve.
Rev. James W Gonia
Bishop, ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod
I am greatly enjoying your program and getting many good tips on how to better market myself to the world when the time comes.
Bivocational pastor / Lancaster Seminary
[Your program] is extremely helpful and enjoyable. I have taken other online classes, and I appreciate how you have structured each session, and given us the opportunity to engage in questions in real time with you and the other participants during the session. Marketing Director / Lancaster Seminary
Providing career guidance to bivocational pastors and theologians venturing into nontraditional fields, has been Packard’s dual focus throughout his many years of practice. Principal and founder of Theology Careers Initiative, he’s a proven Career Management Consultant, author and professional speaker.
Packard’s Notable Achievements:
In an outplacement firm, led the counseling team each year in the number of clients securing ‘gainful’ jobs by an average of 250%
Achieved a 93% placement figure of seminary graduates securing rewarding employment within a year of graduation,
Interviewed by Christianity Today for his work with bivocational pastors,
Packard’s Notable Clients:
Schools: The Iliff School of Theology, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver, Denver Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, Lancaster Seminary, Whitworth University, Lexington Seminary, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Religious Institutions: Denver Presbytery (PCUSA), ELCA Rocky Mountain Synod, Denver Center for Work and Spirituality, ELCA Virginia Synod, the Association of Theological Schools / Students Personnel Administrators Network, the Pennsylvania Academy for Ministry,
Corporations: The Kellogg Company, Grainger, Xcel Energy, sHewlett Packard, Schlumberger, Lockheed-Martin, Gates, Colorado Human Resource Association, Drake Beam Morin, US West Communications, Cherry Creek Mortgage, and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
Packard knows first-hand the strategies and tactics it takes for a theology professional to navigate a vocational transition successfully.