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SOME UNEMPLOYMENT DO’S AND DON’TS

BY: Adam Gavriel

While unemployed, especially if you’re one of America’s long-term unemployed, it’s hard to stay on the right path. It’s hard to make sure that your priorities are balanced and that you are doing the right things. The fact of the matter is, there isn’t only one right way to get a job, but there are plenty of wrong ways to make sure that you stay stuck where you are.

What’s the definition of insanity again? Doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.

Here are a few “Do’s and don’ts” of time unemployed. Continue reading

TIPS FOR WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE…WELL SORT OF

Mitch headshot 10-13tBY: Mitch Beck, President , Crossroads Consulting

At Crossroads Consulting, we pride ourselves on being a slightly different kind of recruiting firm as any visit to our own job listings page will prove.

While our primary focus has been, and always will be, to help job seekers find new employment as well as assisting companies to hire the right new employee, Crossroads Consulting is also here to offer successful, tried and true advice that can help improve the work environment for all concerned.

With that in mind, and keeping with our overall theme in terms of how we do things, we present this advice on, “Tips For Succeeding As A Woman In The Workplace!

LET’S TALK COVERLETTERS

cover-letter-1024x588BY: Mitch Beck, Owner Crossroads Consulting

In an age where online applications are the norm, some think that the cover letter is obsolete. However, the cover letter is as important as ever in both email and paper applications. You still have to maintain a certain standard of business communication, no matter what medium you use. Being too informal in your communications for any kind of job search will end badly even if you are the perfect candidate.

So how do you write a killer cover letter? Here are some tips to help you out:

Customize the letter for each application Continue reading

SOCIAL MEDIA AND JOB HUNTING

Social-MediaBY: Adam Gavriel

In a world where a connection could make or break an opportunity to get a job, it’s difficult to gauge just how hard your connections are working for you.

We live in a hyper-connected, globalized world fueled by the Internet and social media. But just how social is social media?

Human connections are most deeply built on a human level, on an in-person level. Social media can be a great tool to get your foot in the door, or be introduced to a new connection, but physically interacting with that person is the make or break to a successful networking opportunity.

You need to leave your office. You need to stop staring at your computer screen. Especially if you’re job hunting. The Internet is a great way to find out everything you need to know initially about the company you are applying to, or the hiring manager for the position. After that, get your voice heard, and present yourself. Continue reading

INTERVIEWING TIPS – WANT A JOB?

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BY: Adam Gavriel

We all know when heading into a job interview to prepare for the questions the interviewer will ask us; but what about what YOU should be asking the interviewer?

Yes, job seekers, the interview is as much about the company getting to know you, as it is you getting to know the company.  Not only that, but asking relevant questions to the job position or the company you are interviewing at is a great way to show potential employers your interest.

Doing this will immediately set you apart from every applicant who chose not to ask the interviewer any questions – which unfortunately is all too common. Continue reading

INTERNSHIPS – LIFELINE TO EXPERIENCE

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BY: Adam Gavriel

These days, the competition for jobs starts earlier than you may think.

Internships for students, and even post-grads aren’t just about gaining real world experience anymore, but are becoming a litmus test for employers.

“Internships have transitioned into a 10-week litmus test for a full-time job, with employers flocking to America’s college campuses ever earlier to scoop top talent. Demand for such positions has soared as students, haunted by memories of the recession and the rising cost of college, recognize the potential payoff.”

This quote from a Bloomberg.com article published today that discusses just how crucial internships, and plenty of them, are becoming for college students.

“’There’s a race for the top students, and once it gets started, it perpetuates itself,’ said Joanne Murray, executive director of the Center for Work and Service at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. ‘Students absolutely understand how valuable internships are.’”

Believe me, they do; and if they don’t, they are surely starting to.

Of the graduating class of 2013, 63% of graduating seniors have participated in some for of an internship position. This figures was the highest recorded since the National Association of Colleges and Employers has been tracking it.

Furthermore, according to the article, 70 percent of the 1,000 college graduates General Electric hires in the U.S. have completed a form of an internship position.

“’Seeing relatives, friends, neighbors, whoever had been affected by the recession, it hits home’ that internships are critical to build  a resume, said Tim Stiles, an associate director of University Career Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ‘We’re seeing a lot more students com in as first-years already aware of what an internship is.’”

Whether your 18, and just starting your college career, or 48, and looking to re-enter the workforce, the competition for jobs is always apparent. And as many college seniors are learning (the hard way or the easy way) completing an internship is a critical part of the job searching process.

While at Crossroads Consulting we are more inclined to work as an executive search firm that does not mean we don’t have what you’re looking for if you’re a college student. Our resume service and interview preparation work for anyone of any age, and can do wonders to increasing your chances at landing that job or internship you’re looking for.

Make sure to take a glance at our website for our current job openings. And even if you’re a recent college graduate or student, feel free to shoot us a resume at info@crossroadsconsulting.com, and we’ll do whatever we can do to help your search.

Remember, we’re here to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’

SHOCK AND AWE WELFARE NUMBERS

Fotolia_welfare employment street signBY: Adam Gavriel

A shocking article released by Forbes.com earlier this week has taken its readers by surprise. The article claims, after a study, that Welfare pays more than minimum-wage work in 35 US States.

In 13 states, Welfare pays more than $15 per hour.

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“The current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work,” Tanner and Hughes write in their new paper. “Welfare currently pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states, even after accounting for the Earned Income Tax Credit,” which offers extra subsidies to low-income workers who take work. “In 13 states [welfare] pays more than $15 per hour.”

Welfare should not be a solution, not a motivator to “not-work” but a stop-gap principle in the fight on unemployment. A system that can provide Americas unemployed with help when the country falls on hard-times.

President Bill Clinton attempted to continue the American use of Welfare correctly when he signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act into law which required recipients of cash welfare to seek work, or lose their benefits.

“…welfare paid more than $10 an hour in 33 states; 17 paid less than $8 an hour. Comparing the two data sets and accounting for inflation, 18 states saw a decline in the total value of welfare benefits; 32 states and the District of Columbia saw increases.”

These Government programs provide the user a complacent life in a time when the last thing they need to be is complacent. The job search is just that, a job. And if you can get more from you government than you can in an entry-level position building your skills, then it provides a sense of comfort, protection, and lack of motivation to work.

At Crossroads Consulting we understand better than anyone out there that the job search is a painful experience. Our employment agency understands that if there is an easy way out, and one that may even be more profitable for you depending on where you live, that it’s tempting to take those options.

On the other hand, moving to Hawaii and collecting $60K a year in welfare benefits doesn’t sound too bad after all…

No, no, don’t do that. Come to us here at Crossroads Consulting where we can empathize with you in your search. We see it every day, and we want to help more than anything. If you can’t seem to find the career you’re looking for on LinkedIn, or Indeed, come to our website where we have nearly 50 positions we are looking to fill TODAY. If you’re at step one, or new to the job searching process, we can help you there too with our recommended resume and interview preparation services.

As a professional search firm, we want to be with you from step one until you walk into your new office for your new career. We take pride in our work, and take a supreme gratification in being able to help however you feel we can.

Remember, at Crossroads Consulting we’re putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

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