The Gifts from Crossroads Career: Hope and Encouragement

It was 2020, the pandemic was in full swing and unemployment had hit its all-time high in years. Unfortunately my husband and I experienced this when we both lost our jobs. After months and months of searching, struggling and praying, we came across a posting for an unemployment group offered through our church. Without hesitation, we both signed up. Little …

We are Grateful for our Crossroads Volunteers 

Volunteers are the heartbeat of non-profit organizations and ministries. Volunteers are critical to project completion, event planning and execution, and constituent service. This has been the reality of Crossroads Career ministry since its inception. Crossroads has benefitted from hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer hours since Brian Ray founded it in 1987. I have personally observed exceptional volunteer dedication …

A Career Roadmap

Growing up, some of my favorite memories were long family road trips where we piled into the station wagon, loaded up with snacks and headed out. It was always an adventure, and the journey was just as fun as arriving at our final destination. My Dad would map out our route. We’d have a plan, but I also recall the …

Hear God Calling 

The group, ‘Hear God Calling’, came at a pivotal time for both my professional and personal life. During my career, I have worked in Corporate America, and it was easy for me to get caught up in the daily work demands; while losing sight of my life’s true calling and purpose. I discovered this group in one of the hundreds …

Are You the Right Fit?  Ask Direct Questions!

Several years ago in our men’s Bible study, one of the guys shared some fascinating information regarding Jesus’ life on this earth.  The Scriptures record that Jesus asked over 300 questions, and we’re also told that while He was asked over 180 questions, He only directly answered 3.  Many times, He actually answered questions with questions of His own. Dale …

Are You the Right Fit?  Ask for References!

Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far away…   Nope, actually just a few years ago when I was coming out of college and looking for my first job, the common advice was to have “at the ready” at least three references.  I was advised to have these references on a separate sheet of paper with the people’s name, address, …

Reconnect for Success

Maintaining your professional network is important in every season of your career. When things are really good it’s easy to forget how important it is to maintain them, and then we tend to react when things go south by calling on relationships we haven’t maintained. Avoid these pitfalls and make sure that in every season of your career you work at …

Establish Good Habits & Get Organized

New jobs are a fresh start in many ways.  I highly recommend that you use your fresh start to take a hard look at your habits and organization to make small, but impactful improvements.  The beginning of a new job is a great time to revisit things from how much you’ll save for retirement to tweaking your morning routine for …

Be a Friend or Befriend?

When you start a new job there’s a temptation to befriend everyone.  The first couple weeks at a new job you’ll be asking for help, learning from seasoned employees, etc., and the temptation to want to “fit in” and be liked will be strong.  Here’s my caution: always be friendly but be careful who you befriend.  It’s important to treat …