Consider Your Ideal Workday

Today’s blog is part 3 of a 4-part series. The first two blogs shared ways to support the students in your life through discovering their natural talents and values. You can find those posts here and here. The third installment in our series shares an activity and conversation starters to help students move beyond thinking about college choice and majors, …

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 …

What’s Volunteering Got To Do With My Job Search?

I often see job seekers failing to represent themselves in their resumes (and thus, of course, in their interviews) in ways that best represents their skills, abilities, values, interest, and experiences. Almost every time when I probe a bit deeper in an exploratory conversation, usually through our Crossroads Career Step 3 – Aptitude, I find hidden nuggets that employers would value. …

Practice Makes Perfect

Every day is a chance to learn something new. This is true whether you’ve been in the same role for 20 years, started a new position last week, or are currently searching for your next job. Throughout the month of May, we are going to examine a few ways you can hone a skill, develop yourself personally and professionally, and …

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 …

Career Preference: Is It This or That?

You’re at the optometrist. The doctor has you sitting in front of the eye chart while you look through the phoropter machine. He is switching the lenses back and forth and asking you questions like, “Which one is clearer, this one? Or that one? Lens A? Lens B?” You know that some of the lenses are the same over and …

God Cares About Your Investments

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When you are considering a job transition to a new employer or to being self-employed, one area that is often overlooked is financial benefits—options for investing and saving for retirement. You may assume that investing to grow your resources is not Biblical. After all, the Bible says: Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust …

Target and Timing: Ready…Set…Wait?

One challenging aspect of a job transition is establishing clear target companies for your search. That challenge is made even more difficult by the reality of the financial resources you have available to pursue those targets. The time you may have to expend to achieve landing at the target may exceed the money you have to live on while doing so.   To support you in …