Powerful Cover Letters

A poll taken of recruiting and hiring managers uncovered that 75% of the people who review resumes said they read cover letters but only if they know the cover letter has been customized for the company and the position. I have two ALWAYS statements regarding the job search and one is to ALWAYS send a cover letter. My preferred cover …

Informational Interviews

An Informational Interview is an interview that you schedule and hold with a person who is currently working or has worked in an industry, company, or career you are considering. The purpose is to gather critical information from an insider’s point of view. This post covers the goals, essential rules of engagement and some sample questions.

Declare Your Freedom

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  As millions of Americans celebrate Independence Day, most of us are in bondage to our financial situations. Are you among them? I owe. I owe. It’s off to work I go. Sound familiar? Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Fearful that you will run out of money before the end of the month?  Spending more than you make? Living off …

Christmas Trees, Jobs, and Jesus

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Not what you have in mind for a Christmas tree? You are probably thinking about something more traditional, like a spruce, pine, or fir decorated with lights, ornaments, tinsel, and an angel or star on top. Of course – the best part – gifts under the tree. The first Christmas tree was erected almost 2,000 years ago, just three days before …

Father and Son at Crossroads about College

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Thanks to Crossroads Career leader John Freeze for interviewing his son, Ian, about the before and after story of changing college majors and careers. Instead of their journey being a war of wills, it became a lesson in prayer and spiritual growth for both father and son. Before John: Tell us about your decision to go to Culinary School? Ian …

Looking for Jobs. Found Jesus.

Man at Crossroads

One of our ministry leaders shared this story recently: In one of my classes, I had a 61-year-old woman participate who was laid-off from her position several months earlier. She said that her husband had also been laid-off at the same time. They were burning through their retirement accounts, but not ready to retire, and were stressed. As always, I …

A Recruiter’s Daily Devotional

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What a blessing to receive and read this email: “I have been using the Crossroads Career Work Book as my devotional guide.  The scriptures included are very effective!!!!!!!” The email was from Nicolet, a corporate recruiter who came to one of our Saturday morning Christ-Centered Career Groups last year. She was facing a difficult situation. Her employer was asking her to …

Victory in midst of Defeat

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Maybe you can relate to this emailed prayer request from Randy… “I am slowly dying in my job by ‘a thousand cuts.’  “I need to transition soon before I am technically fired. My position has changed responsibilities during the past year, moving away from my strengths.  “This is combined with a new manager with whom there is very little positive …

Tie Break

I just finished watching the second set of the 2015 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Tennis Championship on ESPN:  Federer versus Djokovic. The game score tied at 6 to 6. They are starting the Tie Break. Federer is up by one point. Djokovic is fixed on the next point. When one wins, the other loses. The entry list for the men’s championship …

The Surprising Truth about Retirement – Part 1

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At midnight March 31, I pulled the plug on my Primus Consulting business. A month earlier on my 70th birthday, I announced it was closing after 28 years in business.  The website is now down, and the email no longer works.  I am continuing to notify past clients and associates, settling accounts, liquidating assets and preparing for its corporate funeral. …