Personal Core Values

Have you ever heard this sentence: “We liked you a lot, but we just don’t think you’re the right fit for our company.”   Odds are high that the recruiter / hiring manager making that statement is referring to their view of how well you might fit within their company culture.  While many times this reason may be a catch …

First Job? Worst Job? Best Job?

Helping people explore their aptitudes is one of my favorite steps within the Crossroads Career methodology.  Almost every time I’m facilitating or coaching someone, I get to see people discover insights as they realize more clearly who God made them to be. Psalms 139:13-14 states, “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise You because …

5 Ways To Improve Your Job Search With Glassdoor

This month’s blog series is focusing on websites you can use as resources during a job search.  Today’s featured website (and mobile app) is Glassdoor. According to their website, “Unlike other job sites, all of this information is shared by those who know a company best — the employees.” They get their information by gathering anonymous data from current or …

Is Your Resume Distinctive?

Picture this: You are the job candidate, and you’ve just entered my office. I am the hiring manager. As you came in, you noticed other people sitting in reception waiting to see someone. Based on their dress, demeanor, and some anxious looks, you’ve deduced that they are potentially competitors…other job candidates. As it turns out, you are correct – and …

When Bad Becomes Good: Finding Meaning in the “Negative’ Events

We continue to see stories regarding the fallout caused by COVID-19. Children are out of school. Patrons are forgoing restaurants and are flooding grocery stores. Toilet paper is bought at alarming rates. Millions have been ordered to shelter-in-place. Despite so much uncertainty and with lives indefinitely upended, people and communities have been coming together to support one another. There are …

Cover Letter Advice to Help You Land an Interview

Employer-Focused Cover Letters Do people read cover letters? It depends whom you ask. Some recruiters say no. As a hiring manager, I read every cover letter. Your audience for the letter is not the recruiter; it’s your potential manager. I reviewed each cover letter because I wanted to make the best hiring decision possible. Why ignore a piece of available …

The Power of Choice: Does It Really Matter?

In Deuteronomy 30:19, God, speaking through his servant Moses, addresses the dilemma Israel was in due to poor decisions they had made. Moses communicates that God would restore all that had been scattered, that God had set before them death and life, blessings and curses. God then emphasized that they “choose life” so that they and their children may live. …

Your Resume Should Be A STAR!

Many people think that a resume needs to match up as closely as possible with the requirements to a posted job description. That is sensible to a certain degree, but I’ve seen people agonize over word-smithing their resume to match up to that job description while missing the most important purpose a resume provides: allowing a hiring manager to see …