Psychology of the Job Search: Emotions at Play  

Our emotions play a significant role in our job transitions, yet I’ve not seen many people paying close attention to this topic as they enter into a job search. Most of the time, they’re focused on resume verbiage, interview preparation, networking, and filling out applications. All good items to work on, but without proper focus on the emotional side of the …

Hope in Transition

Work shapes so much of life, and yet it can be difficult to think about, confusing to develop a good perspective on, and scary to search for a great fit throughout different seasons. Why is this thing we were made for so hard to understand, find joy in, and accomplish faithfully? After graduating from college, I found myself in circumstances …

Freedom in Your Job Search

When you saw the subject line for this brief, what was the first thing that popped into your mind? Perhaps it was, “YES! I’ll find out some tips to be freed from the dread of networking!” Or maybe you thought, “Hmmm, I wonder if there really is a way to avoid all those insane versions of my resume! I’m sick …

Calling versus Career: What’s the difference and does it matter?

Along with many of the people I’ve encountered going through job transition, after Arthur Andersen imploded years ago, I was praying earnestly to find a job where I could:  You see, I had been in a job at Arthur Andersen that hit all the bullets listed. I thought Arthur Andersen would be the last employer I’d ever work for. My career …

What To Do When You Get An Offer:  10 Questions!

As we’ve outlined in this blog series so far, we are exploring the Offer Receipt Due Process.  At this point, you have:  SO! What are those questions?!?!?  The quick answer is “it depends.” 🙂 However, I will outline 10 questions you should get answers for, along with some guidelines to customize additional questions for your discussion.  What We Know So …

Top Tips: Tip #5 – Unique Distinctions

Describe Yourself As we wrap up our Crossroads Career Top Tips, I’ll conclude with what’s become a significant favorite for me. As I share it with people, almost 100% of the time, the individual looking to create their Unique Distinctions doesn’t quite get it the first time, but once they get it, they are completely sold on the value of the exercise.  Think …

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 …

Why I’m Grateful for Crossroads Career Services

In 2018 I was extended an invitation to serve on the Board of Directors for Crossroads Career Services. Although I was honored to receive the invitation, my initial response was, “I don’t have the time to do that.” You see, at the time, I had a full-time job, volunteered in my local church’s ministry, and served on a STEM Advisory …

Grateful for What God Has Put Together!

As we enter November, culminating with the zenith of our American Thanksgiving holiday, we would like to highlight for our Crossroads Career community a few of the many gifts and resources available through the Crossroads Career ministry.  I’m hopeful that by sharing these, we’ll trigger you to see some available resources that may be useful to you and help you …

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 …