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BY: Adam Gavriel

If you have been keeping up with the blog here at OutOfOurMind, you may realize that the name is fitting to the personality.  You especially understand this concept if you’ve taken a jump over to CrossroadsConsulting.com to check out our unique job postings.  On our website you won’t read the kind of coma-inducing  job postings you find virtually everywhere on the web when you’re looking for jobs. Crossroads Consulting differentiates itself from the competition in that our ads are, “Fresher-and-Bolder,” (to borrow the name of Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller‘s travelling comedy show).

Obviously there’s the elements there that you need to know when you read a job description, i.e., the qualifications and such, but there is also a boat load of humor and personality; something desperately missing from the employment market.  Continue reading


BY: Adam Gavriel

When you’re looking for a job, it might be best to search for recruiters, or smaller job boards, rather than the company’s website that you’re looking for.

This may seem like an odd concept to you, but think about it. If you’re submitting your resume through the company’s own website, you’re file is just another blip on the radar in the companies feed of resumes for that day.

In this Sunday’s New York Times, the author referred to this process as “submitting your resume to a black hole.” This trend will only continue to grow the more important the internet becomes in the hiring process.

Best case scenario for searching for a new job these days seems to be having an “in” with the company that you’re looking at. Knowing a current employee of the company who can put your resume in the hands of the right people.

The article reports:

“Some, like Ernst & Young, the accounting firm, have set ambitious internal goals to increase the proportion of hirings that come from internal referrals. As a result, employee recommendations now account for 45 percent of nonentry-level placements at the firm, up from 28 percent in 2010.”

“The company’s goal is 50 percent. Others, such as Deloitte and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, have begun offering prizes like iPads and large-screen TVs in addition to traditional cash incentives for employees who refer new hires.”

Ernst & Young nearly doubled their new hires from employee recommendations. This is a trend that is here to stay. And judging by their goal of 50% in-house recommendation hires, you can believe they’re going to continue to trend upwards; making it that much harder for the thousands of people who are submitting their resumes online with no destination in sight.

Unfortunately for many, the connections we have are either unavailable to help at the moment, or are simply unapproachable. This can be due in large part to the fact that many Americans are currently suffering from long-term unemployment and haven’t been able to make new connections in the professional world. According to the Times, 4.8 million Americans have been out of work for 27 weeks or more, three times as many as in late 2007.

These are numbers that are just simply unacceptable as the American economy continues to rise and fall, rise and fall, with no level consistencies to be found.

Think about it this way. If you take a look at our website over at Crossroads Consulting, you’re going to see over 50 job postings across the nation that we’re looking to fill for companies today. By going through us, rather than the company itself, we can guarantee that someone will actually be looking at your resume with an open mind, and once we get it, it will go right into the hands of the important people at the hiring company. This seems infinitely better than the system where you just hit ‘submit resume’ and pray that it’s all going to click at that moment.

Referred candidates are twice as likely to land an interview over other applicants. Let us, the recruiter, be your referral and gateway into the organization.

We want to help. Our job is to get you working again and we are here to help. Remember here at Crossroads Consulting we are trying to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’


By: Amy Schlubach

Basic Ways to Prepare for your Interview

One of our jobs at Crossroads Consulting is to help land you an interview at your desired workplace.  The interview could be the pathway to the job, so don’t blow it by not being prepared!  Preparation could be the key difference between getting the job or not.

If you really care about getting the job, then it is important to show you care.  Employers expect you to know some background information about the company, so don’t forget to do some research prior.  Books, internet, magazines, and journals are great for company research.  If the company is very well-known, more research will be required.  If you are clueless about the organization you applied to work for, the employer will not be interested.  They want you to want to work there.

Another way to prepare is to prepare your clothes.  Make sure you wear something business professional.  This can be a matching suit in navy, black, or grey, or some other type of well-fitted appropriate attire.  You should look clean, well-trimmed, and conservative.  Every company has a different culture, meaning the dress will be different from place to place, so be aware of how the employees dress before the interview.  I’ve always heard to dress “one notch above” the regular dress attire the day of the interview.

Come to the interview with extra print-outs of your résumé in a folder or portfolio.  Depending on the job, come with reference letters and lists, and possibly a notebook for taking some important notes, but take only few notes.

Good Luck!

If you are out of work, or ready to start a new job, Crossroads Consulting can help you find a job just right for you.


We were contacted recently by Amanda Koehler, Associate Editor for ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals and asked, along with some other experts in the field our thoughts on interviewing. Here is the article:

Interview Don’ts

Stay away from these snafus.

By Amanda Koehler

Sure, you’ve been told what to do during an interview. Maintain good posture. Have a strong handshake. Be timely when arriving to your interview. Wear appropriate clothing. But have you ever been specifically told what not to do during the interview process?

Sometimes it’s important to be aware of the interview “no-nos.” “If you know what not to do, you will decrease the probability of making choices during an interview that will likely prevent you from getting hired,” explained Brent Peterson, PMP, MS, MBA, creator and president, Interview Angel. “You do not have to conduct a perfect interview to get a job offer, but you do need to avoid some fatal mistakes.”

So what should you not do during an interview? Read on to avoid some specific interview faux pas and help yourself get that dream job.

Don’t Arrive Too Early

Punctuality is an important trait to have, especially when it comes arriving on time for your job interview. However, can you ever arrive at an interview too early? Our experts say “yes.”

“Think about it. If the interview is scheduled for 10 a.m. and you arrive at 9:15 a.m., the receptionist will call and announce your arrival, or the interviewer will see you are very early and feel pressured to begin the interview early,” noted Julie Bauke, owner, Congruity Consulting LLC, and author of Stop Peeing on Your Shoes: Avoiding the Seven Mistakes That Screw Up Your Job Search. “When I was in a hiring position, it would mildly annoy me the person apparently couldn’t tell time. It could also say, ‘I’m desperate or I don’t have anything else to do.’”

Being “on time” for an interview means being 10-15 minutes early maximum. Bauke advised if you do arrive to the facility early, sit in your car and review your résumé. If you’re driving in an unfamiliar area, do a dry run a few days before your interview to find the location.

Don’t Dish on Your Current Employer

It’s pretty much inevitable: the interviewer will ask you about your current job and why you want to leave it. This is not the time to talk about your hateful boss, your lazy coworkers or your awful hours.

“You should not say anything negative or personal about your current employer. Keep all comments professional and positive, regardless of how you may feel,” Peterson advised.

Bauke noted it’s OK to say your current job isn’t a good fit for you, but don’t go into too much negative detail. “It may be 100 percent true your current job is a place full of crazies, but your interviewer has no context of that. He may be thinking, ‘Maybe she is the crazy one,” she said. “Don’t put him in the position to decide who to believe.”

Don’t Wing It

Not preparing for an interview is a huge “don’t.” Always remember to review your résumé and think of answers to possible interview questions (such as, “Tell me about yourself? Why did you leave your last job? What are your strengths and weaknesses?”). It’s a great idea to have a family member, friend or even a career coach give you a mock interview to prepare.

“Don’t walk in cold. That’s a guarantee you won’t get the job,” stressed Mitch Beck, president, Crossroads Consulting LLC.

Beck also noted knowing information about the place where you’re interviewing is crucial. “Companies like to know you did the research. Google the company, read articles, look up financials and their stock ticker, if that’s available. Even Google the gal who’s going to interview you,” he said. “People think they have to think on the fly [during an interview]. If you’ve already done your research, there’s nothing to think about than to answer the questions as best as you possibly can.”

“Even in a strong economy, there is competition for job opportunities. Today, competition for jobs is intense,” Peterson told ADVANE. “If you wing it and an equally qualified candidate thoroughly prepares for the interview, who do you think will get hired?”

Another good reason not to wing it is the interviewer might assume you’ll “wing it” while doing your job as well, Bauke added.

Don’t Be a Blabbermouth

It’s easy to understand why people might talk too much during an interview. For some people, excessive talking is a sign of nervousness. That being said, try not to do it.

“The interviewer has a lot he wants to learn about you–let him ask the questions he wants to ask,” Bauke said. “Answer the questions and shut up. The interviewer may be thinking you will also talk non-stop on the job.”

If nerves are your problem, remember the interviewer is probably just as nervous as you are, but she just isn’t showing it, Beck said.

Don’t Forget to Ask Your Own Questions

This interview is a two-way street. Just as it’s important for the interviewer to ask you questions to determine if you are a good fit for the facility, it’s also key you ask the interviewer questions about the job to see if the facility is a good fit for you.

Beck suggested bringing a notebook with questions you have for the interviewer. This is helpful in case you get nervous and forget the questions you wanted to ask. “If you don’t ask questions, it shows you have zero interest. If you have any interest at all in the job, it’s now your turn to interview them,” he said.

“Organizations want to hire people who want to be there, someone who is truly interested and has invested time in learning about them,” Bauke explained. “They don’t want someone who just wants a job. If he has answered everything you could possibly want to know about the company and job, ask the interviewer about himself–how long he has been there, what he likes about it, etc. Remember, people love to talk about themselves!”

Peterson mentioned having good questions for the interviewer can make you stand out in the candidate pool. An example of a smart question to ask is, “What is the most important contribution you would expect from me during the first 90 days?”


Phone Interview Don’ts

Phone interviews are becoming more popular, sometimes as an early screening process or if you are currently living far away from your potential new job. But just because you aren’t sitting in a conference room face-to-face with your interviewer, that doesn’t mean you should take a phone interview less seriously.

Don’t sit around in your pajamas with your hair a mess during a phone interview. You don’t have to wear a three-piece suit, but take a shower and dress up a little. It’ll make you feel more professional during the phone interview.

Bauke also said to make sure you are not multitasking during your interview. Don’t answer e-mails, make lunch, watch TV or drive while you are speaking to your interviewer. Peterson added to make sure you are in a place without a lot of background noise.

Other Don’ts

Salary is always a touchy subject during the interview process. Bauke suggested not bringing the subject of your paycheck up during your first interview. “Let them get to know you first. The more they decide they have to have you, the more flexible they will be when it comes to salary,” she added.”

She said if salary doesn’t come up by the end of the second interview, it’s OK to ask, “Can you give me an idea of the salary range for this position and the company benefits?” Even though you should know what your personal expected range is when it comes to salary for that position, don’t reveal your bare minimum number to the interview.

Even though it might seem like common sense, Beck said don’t ever go to an interview in unacceptable attire. “I don’t care if you’re going to an interview for a dog groomer or a car mechanic position, you wear a suit and a tie,” he noted. “Even if the place is a casual environment, it’s about showing respect.”

No matter how much you may need this job, don’t let it come through during the interview. “You could be down to your last dollar, but never, ever, ever act desperate. They don’t need to know that. You don’t want to give the impression this is your last chance in life. If they are interested in you, they then know they don’t have to pay you as much; they’ll know you’ll take anything,” Beck explained.

Peterson said his most important “don’t” deals with the “who you know” concept. “Don’t ever assume your résumé and connections will automatically get you hired,” he stressed. “Those two factors may get you the interview, but it’s the interview that gets you the job.”

Bauke said not to forget to ask about the hiring process works and when you should be expecting a response so you can follow up appropriately. “Your follow-up strategy–and your expectations–will vary greatly depending on whether they will be making a decision tomorrow or 3 weeks from tomorrow,” she said.

Amanda Koehler (akoehler@advanceweb.com) is associate editor of ADVANCE.

Additional Don’ts

Don’t leave your cell phone on during the interview. “I don’t care if your wife is 8 months pregnant, shut off your cell phone. Nothing is so critical it can’t wait an hour. This shows respect during the interview, and it’s important.” –Beck

Don’t get thrown with the “what are your weaknesses?” question. “No matter what you say, it’s going to bite you in the butt. What I’ve learned over the years from my experience is people want to know whether you can follow directions or not. So for example, you could say, ‘I don’t see any glaring weaknesses, but I can tell you this, I know I’m not perfect. I know you’re going to find different things you’d want me to work on, and I will be willing to work on them. I’m open to constructive criticism.’” — Beck

Don’t assume the interviewer has your résumé. “Have extras available. If they tell you you’re going to be meeting with three people, make sure you have six copies. This shows you are prepared, and you never know, you may need all of them.” — Beck

Don’t lie. “Tell the truth. The truth is the easiest story to remember.” — Beck

Don’t give a limp handshake. “Don’t ever give somebody the dead fish grip. It’s gross. What kind of a handshake is that? Fist bumps don’t work either!” — Beck

Don’t wipe your hand on your pants post-handshake. “What you do with your hand after you shake someone else’s says a lot. If you wipe your hand on your pants, it’s like saying, ‘I want your disease off of me.’ Even if his hand is sweaty, don’t do that. If your hand is sweaty, make sure to wipe your hand off before you have to see him.” — Beck

Don’t be afraid to ask what you did wrong during the interview. “There’s nothing wrong at all in asking someone for a critique. It’s showing you care. People are terrified to find out they did something bad, but wouldn’t you want to know if you screwed up so you can make it right the next time?” — Beck

Don’t give the wrong answers. “Sometimes your answers simply are not good enough. This usually happens when your skills/experience/strengths are not directly connected to the position. Many people will have a set speech in all interviews; however, if your skills are not catered to that specific position and interview, then this will come off as unprepared.” — David Couper, career life coach

Don’t forget to react. “An interview is more than just question and answer time. You need to connect to your interviewer and prove there is a spark, a personality behind the words. Make eye contact, smile, use your hands, concentrate on your mannerisms and show enthusiasm. After all, no one wants to hire a robot, even if he has all the right answers. You need to make your presence known.” — Couper

Don’t come sick. “Be sure you are healthy or take over-the-counter meds to be sure you are not sniffling, coughing or sneezing.” — Jim Villwock, founder and chief job doctor, Job Doctors International LLC

Don’t cross your arms. “Even if you have a faulty internal temperature control device like me, do not fold your arms around yourself to keep warm. Crossing your arms makes you appear insecure, uncomfortable, defensive or close minded, none of which will be received positively during an interview.” — Abby Kohut, president and staffing consultant, Staffing Symphony LLC

–Don’t forget the interviewer’s name. “Using it during your interview will help you remember it and create a connection.” — Heather R. Huhman, founder and president, Come Recommended

Don’t argue with the interviewer for any reason. “This will not get you anywhere.” — Huhman

Don’t forget to thank them. “Always–I repeat, always–send a thank you note at every stage of the hiring process, to every individual with whom you speak or meet. As usual, send an e-mail thank you within 24 hours and for that added touch, also send a shorter, handwritten thank you note via snail mail.”– Huhman

–Don’t take yourself too seriously. “Laugh with the hiring manager. It could help you land the job!” –Huhman

Don’t come to the interview with moral support. “Bringing your parents or a friend will not impress your potential employer.” — Huhman


Over the next few days we will talk about something that kills more opportunities for job seekers than anything else, bad interviewing skills. At Crossroads Consulting, our first and primary service that we do for our candidates is help them prepare for their interviews properly. In this first part we’ll start with two of our fundamental recommendations and take you all the way through the process.



Remember “The Six P’s…Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance!” How you prepare for this interview will determine whether or not you will get the job you’re applying for. Therefore, take this as serious as you would an IRS Audit and you’ll be fine.

Start off by visiting the interviewing company’s website and study as much as you can about them. Google the company & learn as much as you can about them. Revisit their home web site at VERY LEAST the night before the interview to refresh the information in your mind.


Don’t always assume that the interviewer has your resume with them. Depending upon how many people you’ve been told you’ll be meeting with, have extras available.


On a note or legal pad write down a complete list of pertinent questions you want to ask before leaving the interview. Be thorough. So when the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me,” that you aren’t staring off into space trying to think of some. Nothing makes you look more unprofessional than having nothing to ask. When it is your turn, turn the interview around and interview the hiring person. Ask them stuff like:

  • What is your (the interviewer’s) background?
  • What made you (the interviewer) join the Client Company?
  • Where do you (the interviewer) see yourself going?
  • Where do you see the company / this position going, Company goals? Etc…

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