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. …

Entrepreneurship: Is It for You?

More people are turning to self-employment to achieve their financial and career goals. Following are some interesting statistics: The fastest-growing category of new jobs is gig work – self-employment, contract, part-time, temp work, and freelance. At least 90% of Americans are open to the idea of self-employment or gig work. Job satisfaction among self-employed workers is high, with 80 percent …

What Are My Options?

I cannot begin to tell you the number of times that I’ve heard this plea from a job seeker, “I just want a job that is stable, steady, and has a low level of stress.”  Or, “I’d like to find a job where I can spend the next few years not worried about whether the company will change things.”  Whew!  In today’s world, I …

Don’t Leave Your Spiritual Gifts Unopened

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If someone gave you a gift, wouldn’t you want to open it? I am ashamed to admit that I have found gift cards in drawers unused an embarrassing amount of time after first receiving them. By not opening or using the gits, I expressed my lack of appreciation for them.  There can be no joy in experiencing a gift without …

The Four Pillars of Career Fit

Have you wondered why sometimes you enjoyed one job, while dreading another? When we enjoy our work, it doesn’t feel like work and the hours seem to fly by. Other times, an 8-hour work day can feel like twelve. I’ve spoken with hundreds of job-seekers over the years and have heard many tales of woe. Despite the varying details, there …