Your Time Is Coming

It has long been one of my favorite qualities about Crossroads that we reach people in all seasons of their careers.  Previously I have shared that I found Crossroads when I was disengaged in my current job (a vocational ministry job, I’m slightly ashamed to admit) and feeling completely misemployed.  The Bible says in Colossians 3:23: Whatever you do, work …

Practice Makes Perfect

Every day is a chance to learn something new. This is true whether you’ve been in the same role for 20 years, started a new position last week, or are currently searching for your next job. Throughout the month of May, we are going to examine a few ways you can hone a skill, develop yourself personally and professionally, and …

Independent Contractor: How Do I Make It All Work?

When I started on my journey as an independent contractor a few years ago, I had no idea how my time management should work. I had only ever worked full-time, salaried positions that didn’t require me to track hours and part-time positions that worked exclusively on a punch-in/punch out. As I waded into the world of contracting out my services …

To Gig, Or Not to Gig

I asked Zarir Erani, President of Allen Interactions, about the outlook for gig work from the perspective of employers. Allen Interactions works with clients to create meaningful, memorable, and motivational learning and performance experiences. Here’s what Erani had to say:  “Due to digitization and technology, the world is more closely connected. This makes it much easier for people with unique talents …

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

black man's hands holding red gift box

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 …

Career Preference: Is It This or That?

You’re at the optometrist. The doctor has you sitting in front of the eye chart while you look through the phoropter machine. He is switching the lenses back and forth and asking you questions like, “Which one is clearer, this one? Or that one? Lens A? Lens B?” You know that some of the lenses are the same over and …

Can I Have Your (Enneagram) Number?

The Enneagram has been a buzzword on our social media pages and beyond with increasing popularity the past few years.  Many are surprised to know that it’s actually been around much longer. In fact, it originated in 1915 and was later ‘mainstreamed’ with the nine numbers we know today in the 1960’s by Oscar Ichazo, who placed them on the diagram. While …

Communicate and Connect for Career Success

Early in my career, I had the opportunity to work with a coworker who was very different from me. Now, I have to be honest with you; this person just frustrated me. It didn’t matter what I said; she would ask fifteen questions. And it was just really bothering me.