Psychology of the Job Search: Caution – Things are Not Always as They Appear  

Have you ever felt absolutely certain about something, only to realize later that the opposite was actually true? I’ve encountered that situation all too many times in my life. For example, my brain tells me something is going to hurt, but it actually doesn’t. Or my brain tells me something should be difficult, but it turns out to be easy.   These …

Networking – The Relationship Depth Chart!     

There’s an old adage that goes, “what got you here won’t get you there.” This saying is used many times to spur people towards innovation and thinking afresh about a familiar topic.  For Crossroads Career, networking is one such topic! In fact, our corporate name used to be Crossroads Career Network! If you’re familiar with us at all, or if you …

Career Advice: ChatGPT or Your Manager? 

In a recent study conducted by Workplace Intelligence and INTOO, 800 HR managers and 800 full-time employees were surveyed to understand what’s missing for today’s workers – and it turns out career development tops the list.  Here are a few of their findings:  Sobering results. Yet not surprising. Over the decades I’ve been involved with HR and people development, I’ve …

Persistent or Pest: Follow-up

You’ve had the final interview…it seemed to go really well. You asked if they were considering any internal candidates, and the answer was no (single hardest obstacle to overcome). You seemed to make a connection and the Hiring Manager was impressed with the research you had done on the company and on him/her. There was a great back and forth …

LinkedIn – Improve Your Search Results!

Anyone who has conducted a search on LinkedIn knows what it’s like to start reading results only to end up saying, “What the heck?” Conducting searches is not as easy as one would hope, but you can dramatically increase the quality of results if you utilize a few easy-to-remember methods. Remember the search I did in my article, LinkedIn – …

LinkedIn – How Do Recruiters Find Candidates? 

Who cares?  If you want a job more quickly, you should.  Think about it…if you know how recruiters search for candidates, don’t you think you could reverse engineer your resume and LinkedIn profile so when they conduct searches, there is a greater chance of finding you?  Okay, how do recruiters find candidates?  Glad you asked. Recruiters and Talent Acquisition Managers have a …

LinkedIn – Today’s Foundation for Networking! 

Study after study over many years has shown the primary source of many jobs comes from the mysterious “hidden job market.” That is, actual jobs that need to be filled, but they’re filled without being formally publicly posted. Most are filled through internal postings or employee referrals. While recent research has shown that percentage to have dropped dramatically, most experts …

How to Answer: “If You Were a Tree…” 

While probably close to 20 interview questions show up in 80% of the interviews that take place, occasionally you’ll get an unusual, ‘odd duck’ interview question. I’m not personally a fan of such questions, but some interviewers have them in their quiver and may ask you one or more of them. Here are a few examples:  The Purpose of ‘Odd-Duck’ Questions …

How to Answer: “What Are Your Salary Expectations?” 

How many of you have played the game, Monopoly? If you have, you’ll certainly recall the ongoing cycle around the playing board filled with different properties you can buy or rent. You probably also recall that if you complete one full cycle around the board, you pass “Go” and receive instructions to gain $200 from the bank. You may also remember the dreaded …

How to Answer: “Why Are You Leaving (or Have Left) Your Current Position?” 

This is a question I’ve seen people wrestle with quite a bit. It’s a question you can pretty much count on being asked somewhere in the interview process. There’s a clear answer – – after all, it’s either unfolding as part of the interview process, or the event has occurred, and the person answering the question (you, the candidate) was present …