Your Family During Career Transition

Your Family The mention of the family always evokes emotion. For me, spending time with my family unit is the closest thing I will get heaven here on earth. I thank the Lord for my loving and kind wife, children, parents, and siblings. In my wife, I have found a great partner from God. In my children, I have found …

Where Do You Get the Best Job Transition Support that Money Can Buy?

As anyone who has been through job transition realizes, the daily emotional roller coaster job searchers face can be very difficult. Particularly testing are the valleys of despair, the “agony of defeat” (cue the 1970’s version of ABC Wide World of Sports with the depiction of the downhill skier wiping out), and the ongoing challenge of needing to be “on” …

Misemployed: When Your Job Doesn’t Fit

According to the Stress in American Survey, job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems. One in four Americans believe their number one source of stress is their job. Today’s blog discusses misemployment as a source of job stress. Misemployment and Burnout The term “misemploy” means to use something in a wrong or harmful …

Overemployed: Do I Have A Choice?

While most of our Crossroads Career content is about being unemployed or unfulfilled, being overemployed can be equally, if not more, of a problem with which to grapple. Overemployment is defined as “a situation in which a person consistently works more hours than they can sustainably work” (thefreedictionary.com). Overemployment may be someone’s choice although, from my personal experience an observation, many …

What’s Their Career Personality?

This week’s blog is the final installment of a four-part series. The first three blogs shared ways to support the students in your life by discovering their natural talents, values, and preferred skills. This week, we’ll look at how our personality influences our needs and preferences. Six Career Personality Types American psychologist John Holland is best known for his career …

Consider Your Ideal Workday

Today’s blog is part 3 of a 4-part series. The first two blogs shared ways to support the students in your life through discovering their natural talents and values. You can find those posts here and here. The third installment in our series shares an activity and conversation starters to help students move beyond thinking about college choice and majors, …

What Are Your Student’s Values?

Last week’s blog discussed ways you can support the students in your life through discovering their natural talents. You can find that post here. This second blog in the series shares how to guide and advise students according to their values, rather than our own. Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight, but …

Supporting Your Child’s Future Career

Summer is a time many high school students and college graduates are looking for jobs. As your student or grad becomes work-minded, this is a time to actively support them in their career pursuits. Our July blog series will provide guidance to support the young people in your life as they consider their future work. The vast majority of parents …

It Takes Practice: 11 Ways to Go With God

If you are like me, I’ve heard the question many times, “How do you get to know God’s will for your life?” And I rarely had heard an answer that didn’t come across as overly theological or academic…none of them seemed to resonate with me. Yet years ago, when my 13-year old son, Taylor, and I were on our way home from his …

What’s Volunteering Got To Do With My Job Search?

I often see job seekers failing to represent themselves in their resumes (and thus, of course, in their interviews) in ways that best represents their skills, abilities, values, interest, and experiences. Almost every time when I probe a bit deeper in an exploratory conversation, usually through our Crossroads Career Step 3 – Aptitude, I find hidden nuggets that employers would value. …