Monthly Archives: January 2012

WHERE TO LOOK FOR JOBS…BESIDES US OF COURSE

BY: Adam Gavriel

A few months back on the blog, we reported that the Midwestern United States seemed to be experiencing the job recession better than other parts of the country. Now however since the unemployment rate has dipped below 9% at a trend that continues to fall, other parts of the nation have caught up to their Midwestern brethren. On the other hand, some states continue to falter way above the 8.5% reported in December.

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THE CHALLENGE

BY: Adam Gavriel

Nearly a month into the New Year many have already abandoned their New Year’s Resolutions.With the New York Giants continuing to roll into the Super Bowl mine is still alive and well, watching one of my favorite sports teams win a championship.

If your New Year’s Resolution was like the one discussed here just before the end of 2011, with a  focus on getting a job, we hope you’re closing in on your goal. For some, this same New Year’s resolution may be frustrating you as your goals have not been met. For some, you may not have even gotten your foot in the door.

So we’re offering you “The Challenge” this year to rise up and find that employment by any means necessary…and we want to help.

There are employers out there looking to fill vacancies. We speak with them all the time and hope for more new clients to work with.

Conversely, if you’re a prospective employee, look at all the angles. Don’t just look at big corporations, but look at small businesses and even Not-For-Profit organizations too. A job is a job. It’s better than the alternative. Remember that small businesses account for some of the nation’s most abundant employment opportunities and should not be ignored by anyone looking for work.

We understand this sounds insensitive to some of you and maybe a bit naïve to others, but we believe finding these opportunities may be hard, (remember that anything worth having isn’t something found on any street corner). When you do find an opportunity it can be frustrating if you feel that you haven’t been considered for the best of your abilities.

No employer wants to see that after you got laid off, or quit your previous job that you didn’t do anything. Constant work will always out-weigh the other option. Though, try not to jump from career to career as employers might be hesitant to give you a full chance if they see that your job loyalty has faltered in the past.

Spend your time building a new skill to add to your employment. Want to continue building up your work experience? Look for possible volunteering venues. Anything is better than an empty slot in your resume where employers would feel the need to ask you, “Well sir/ma’am, tell me, ‘What did you do from 2008-2009?’” When you don’t have an answer, it’ll create an awkward situation for you as well and an easier decision for the interviewer.

At Crossroads Consulting we challenge you to take a look at our job openings and utilize our incredibly affordable resume and interview service. For the small amount you’re investing in yourself, getting that job that you so desperately want would make it worth it.

We want to be with you every step of the way in your route back to the employment spectrum.

Keep working your connections; keep your eyes and ears open for opportunity. It’s just around the corner.

WORD IS SPREADING

We were very happy to see that the media has taken notice of the way that we do things. It’s exceptionally rare that there is a NEW way of doing anything. Virtually everything that is out there is a variation on something else. Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying that, “There is nothing new under the sun…”

Well, Crossroads Consulting is something new under the sun. Trust me, it’s NOT easy pioneering a new trail. Sure executive recruiting has been around almost as long as business itself, but it’s ALWAYS the same thing. If you’ve ever dealt with a recruiter you know exactly what I’m talking about…

You’re inventory and treated like it.

NOT AT CROSSROADS CONSULTING… and that’s what makes us different.

I’ve been out of work more times that I care to remember and I know how incredibly humiliating it is; how degrading it is and especially how much of a swift kick to the groin the constant rejection is to deal with. It’s because I know that feeling that you don’t get treated that way here.

Read this wonderful piece that was put out on us and then feel free to reach out any time and we’ll be more than happy to chat with you.

ANY QUESTIONS? ANYONE? BUELLER?

BY: Adam Gavriel

Human resource departments of organizations do not take the interview questionnaire process lightly. With questions ranging from analyzing how they feel you’ll perform on the job, to personality questions, to mind-teasers that would make anyone scratch their heads. These are the kinds of things an applicant needs to be prepared for when taking the dive into an interview.

I can specifically recall my 16 year –old self going from pharmacy to pharmacy back home applying for a job as a customer-service associate. A friend and I travelled to a mom and pop pharmacy, Eckerd (now Rite-Aid) and CVS. It was the CVS pharmacy that gave us fits in the application process. When asking the employees for an application, they pointed us to a corner of the store where a machine was set up. This machine would be our application. This machine would ask us 50 personality trait questions, though it seemed like hundreds.

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