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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …