Psychology of the Job Search: WHY is it so HARD?!? 

Last week we delved into the emotions around a job transition, and we touched on how a job change falls within the top five life event stressors we might find ourselves facing. This week I’d like to go deeper into the “WHY” behind the myriad of emotions we experience when we find ourselves in job transition. And not only when you …

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 …

Listening in an Interview – – Say What?!? 

“How many of you think you could stand to become a better listener?” said the workshop facilitator, as he raised his own hand. Every participant’s hand went up in response to join his.  That was the opening question in our culture workshops to set up a brief teaching into listening skills. For every workshop I attended or facilitated, whenever that …

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 …

Salary Negotiation – Use What’s Available 

Figuring out how and when to talk about compensation in the recruitment process has been the nemesis of job seekers for decades. Ranging from advice snippets like, “Whoever talks about money first loses” to detailed outlines of how to broach the compensation topic with a recruiter or hiring manager, compensation has been a bit of a mysterious topic for people to …

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 …