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 …

Take a Day with God

Imagine you’ve fallen in love with someone. The most natural response is to want to spend time with him or her. Yes, you could spend your time reflecting on all the different ways you speak to each other (phone call, text message, email, letter, shouting, whispering), or ways he or she shows you affection. You can read books about dating, …

The 5 P’s of God Calling

After you start listening more carefully to the languages and voice of God, it’s time to start thinking about why or to what God is calling you. A great place to start is with this framework from one of Chip Ingram’s teachings, which describes the 5 P’s of Calling to: a Person, a Purpose, a People, a Process, and a …

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 …

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 …

The Four Pillars of Career Fit

Have you wondered why sometimes you enjoyed one job, while dreading another? When we enjoy our work, it doesn’t feel like work and the hours seem to fly by. Other times, an 8-hour work day can feel like twelve. I’ve spoken with hundreds of job-seekers over the years and have heard many tales of woe. Despite the varying details, there …

Writing Your Life Purpose Statement

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Be 42% More Fruitful According to a report in the Huffington Post, you are more likely to achieve your dreams and goals if you put them in writing: “Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, recently studied the art and science of goal setting. “She gathered two hundred and sixty-seven people together — men and women …