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 …

Can I Have Your (Enneagram) Number?

The Enneagram has been a buzzword on our social media pages and beyond with increasing popularity the past few years.  Many are surprised to know that it’s actually been around much longer. In fact, it originated in 1915 and was later ‘mainstreamed’ with the nine numbers we know today in the 1960’s by Oscar Ichazo, who placed them on the diagram. While …

Communicate and Connect for Career Success

Early in my career, I had the opportunity to work with a coworker who was very different from me. Now, I have to be honest with you; this person just frustrated me. It didn’t matter what I said; she would ask fifteen questions. And it was just really bothering me.

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 …

Are you thankful…for you?

What are you thankful for?  As I started to reflect on this inevitable question through a Crossroads Career lens, I thought I would take a little different angle on how we might answer that question. Our Crossroads Career approach is grounded on love.  First, loving God completely.  Second, loving ourselves correctly, and third, loving others compassionately. So, this week, are …

Personal Core Values

Have you ever heard this sentence: “We liked you a lot, but we just don’t think you’re the right fit for our company.”   Odds are high that the recruiter / hiring manager making that statement is referring to their view of how well you might fit within their company culture.  While many times this reason may be a catch …

First Job? Worst Job? Best Job?

Helping people explore their aptitudes is one of my favorite steps within the Crossroads Career methodology.  Almost every time I’m facilitating or coaching someone, I get to see people discover insights as they realize more clearly who God made them to be. Psalms 139:13-14 states, “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise You because …

You are Created for Good Works

Annually, the Crossroads Career Board of Directors gather together at a retreat to pray, fellowship, and strategically plan for the upcoming year. In 2019, we met in Minnesota to do precisely that…

You are Needed

Your gifts are needed.  They are not a mistake. They are not less than someone else’s.  You wouldn’t be better with a different set.  The body needs every part and that includes yours.  It is easy to believe that your talents are less than others.  To believe you need a different personality, aptitude, or talent to be successful.  That is …

Do What You Do Best

  Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day at work? For most of us, the answer is unfortunately “No!” In the United States, only 32% of workers say they use their strengths every day, according to Gallup® research. You are God’s unique masterpiece created for good works. How different would your work life be …