How Old Are You?

Just about every time I’ve been in a Q&A situation with job seekers, the question arises about whether age discrimination still exists in the marketplace. And every time, my answer is the same – absolutely!    In fact, here is some data supporting the theory that ageism does still take place:  But isn’t age discrimination against the law? Yes, it is. …

7 Job Interview Rules…and More! 

I’ve found no matter how much I think I know about a topic, there’s ALWAYS more to learn! And, no surprise, the topics surrounding job transition are no different. Even though I’ve been around this topic for years and have experienced transitions several times, I continue to pick up some new insights from others.  Proverbs 1:5 reinforces this view with “Let …

Loooooong Job Interviews! 

I recently read an article titled, “Be Prepared for the Worst: Here are 4 Tips for Surviving Long Job Interviews – and How to Ace Them.” It led off with, “While three to five rounds of interviews were once expected for non-managerial positions, the new norm is much more demanding.” Over my career I’ve orchestrated, been an interviewer in, and …

What Did You Say? Why Does it Matter? 

Have you ever said something, and then either wondered if you said the right thing, or were pretty sure you didn’t say the right thing? Or, maybe you actually nailed it! You knew it as soon as the words started flowing out of your mouth!?!   I am in the process of supporting my son-in-law, Aaron, as he starts a …

So…Tell Me About Yourself 

If you’ve ever been interviewed, you’ve probably received the question / statement in the subject line. Many times it’s the first primary question that’s asked, after the introductory chit chat. What’s your reaction to that question? Do some of the questions below immediately spring into your mind and stop you in your tracks?    If yes, then you’re like almost …

Maintaining Your Authenticity While Using ChatGPT 

In today’s digital age, AI language models like ChatGPT have revolutionized various content creation and communication aspects. This includes rewriting resumes, crafting cover letters, and generating interview questions.  While leveraging ChatGPT can significantly enhance these processes, it is crucial to maintain authenticity to ensure that your personal voice and unique qualities shine through.  To support its Guides effectively, Crossroads conducts a monthly forum. …

Mastering the Interview with ChatGPT 

Job interviews can be nerve-wracking experiences, but with the assistance of ChatGPT, you can significantly enhance your preparation and boost your confidence. ChatGPT can assist you in mastering your interviews, from generating mock interview questions based on job descriptions to helping you practice answering behavioral interview questions.  In this post, we will explore three ways ChatGPT can significantly improve your …

Is He or She the “Right Supervisor?” – Connect Some Dots 

One of the exercises we encourage people to go through as they consider where they would like to next work is to reflect on 3 jobs. What was their first job? What was their worst job? And finally, what was their best job?  As you can imagine, over the 18 years I’ve been doing this exercise, I’ve heard some incredible …

Money Talks

  Money, money, money- MONEY!  Everyone likes to have money, but many people feel awkward when it comes to the salary of a new job.  As a job seeker prepares for an interview, money is an area that needs to be thought through before you get there. Well a few good points from our Crossroads Career Workbook in Step 6 …

Informational Interviews

An Informational Interview is an interview that you schedule and hold with a person who is currently working or has worked in an industry, company, or career you are considering. The purpose is to gather critical information from an insider’s point of view. This post covers the goals, essential rules of engagement and some sample questions.