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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!


veterans_day_2007_poster1aBY: Adam Gavriel

Last Friday, and article at ABCNews.com indicated that the Labor Department had released the October jobs report for America. Amidst a government shutdown, the economy was still able to add 204,000 jobs in October. Unfortunately, the unemployment rate ticked up, as expected, to 7.3%

The labor force participation rate fell 0.4 percent to a 35 year low of 62.8% Continue reading


Was3760189BY: Adam Gavriel

A report released today by Bloomberg.com shows that companies added fewer workers than projected in October. Predictions were paramount that the government shutdown would have a negative effect on the job numbers, and that is now becoming tangible.

“The 130,000 increase in employment was the smallest in six months and followed a revised 145,000 gain in September that was weaker than initially estimated, according to the ADP Research Institute in Roseland, New Jersey. The median forecast of 39 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for an advance of 150,000 jobs.” Continue reading


jobs-reportBY: Adam Gavriel

Amidst everything the government shutdown put Americans through, September’s job report stayed true to the slow and steady progress that has gripped the nation since the Great Recession began.

The report shows an unemployment rate of 7.2% down from 7.3% in August, and that the U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs in September.

Although hiring was lower than economists expected, it was still enough to lower the unemployment rate to 7.2 percent. According to the Associated Press, the nation averaged a positive gain of 182,000 jobs per month from April through June, and has averaged just 143,000 jobs a month from July through September.

Many economists are weary of the October report, which may be very highly effected by the shutdown. Fortunately, this is only to be a temporary effect on a long-term problem. With this, economists understand that they may not have a clear look at unemployment until the November or December jobs report. Continue reading


CNNMoney NewsroomBY: Adam Gavriel

For the first time, we can finally see what the Government Shutdown has done to the US Economy in a tangible way.

According to a report released from CNN Money, 374,000 people filed for their first week of unemployment benefits last week, the highest one-week rise since super-storm Sandy hit the nation almost a year ago.

Speaking strictly from an economic standpoint, this shutdown could not have come at a worse time as the economy had been slowly, but surely, doing better in recent months.


 Not to be all blamed on the government shutdown though, as other factors have certainly contributed to the 66,000 person rise in unemployment claims.

The state of California, which accounted for half of the new claims, continues to have problems with processing unemployment checks.

The 500,000 federal workers who remain in furlough are allowed to file for unemployment benefits, however if Congress grants them retroactive pay, most states will ask the furloughed workers to pay back the benefits that they receive. The report released today of 374,000 does NOT include any furloughed federal government employee who has filed for unemployment.

Hypothetically speaking, without taking the government shutdown into effect, economists believe that this number would have been roughly in line with the average number we have been seeing in the slow recovery.

“’The broader picture is still that labor market conditions are improving, albeit not quite as much as we previously thought,’ said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics, in a research note”. 

Sure is a tough hypothetical situation to picture though, as the U.S. remains mired in the wake of the government shutdown.

At Crossroads Consulting, we are doing what we can to continue the birth of jobs in the United States. With over 50 current openings we are looking to fill today, we are hoping to hear from you. If you are a government employee who has been furloughed, and out of the job searching game for quite some time, we can help you there too. With our recommended resume and interview preparation services, you will not miss a beat stepping back into the job search.

Everything we do at Crossroads Consulting is with the main goal of putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’


underemployedBY: Adam Gavriel

If you could go back in time, back to your college days, and switch your degree, would you? This is a question on the mind of some young people in America today.

According to a report from Time.com, nearly 4 out of 10 ‘young people’ are now underemployed. Underemployment refers to those working part-time when they need full-time employment, or those not making a full use of their skills.

This of course is an epidemic in today’s America where the job market isn’t as strong as the talent being pumped out by Universities and Colleges around the nation. Entry-level positions are no longer truly entry-level, in the sense that the require experience in the form of real-work experience, or internships.

From the article:

“From 2000 to 2010, mal-employment (underemployment) rose by 9.3 percentage points for college graduates between the ages of 20 and 24. Nearly 4 out of 10 young people I that group are now underemployed, and humanities and liberal-arts graduates fared the worst as a group.”

As the data continues to show, it’s time to make use of learning as many skills as you can to make yourselves marketable to employers. And as we like to preach here on the blog, time unemployed is not a vacation.

While the article on Time.com focuses mostly on English, and liberal-arts majors, this is an epidemic that is affecting many young Americans today.

Unfortunately with the Government shutdown, the most recent data available is that of August, and no September reporting will happen.

In August, the report showed that 13.7% of Americans fell into the U-6 category of unemployment. U-6 unemployment being; “Total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force.”

As the official unemployment rate continued to fall in recent months, it never paints the full picture of the flaws that are truly hurting America today.

At Crossroads Consulting, though we are geared more towards the executive level as an executive search firm, helping everyone outside (and in) the labor force is our mission. If you’re an entry-level college graduate, we can help you with your resume and your interview skills with a strong focus on what employers today want to see.

If you’re in our target market as an executive, we want to hear from you TODAY. We promise that there are jobs out there, and understand that they can be tough to find. We currently have nearly 50 job openings that we are looking to fill today, and we want to hear from you.

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

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downloadBY: Adam Gavriel

It’s hard not to think about one of the most famous lines from the 1994 movie, “Dumb and Dumber,” when talking about the government shutdown.

“Just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!”

If you’re not familiar with the movie the line is delivered by Jeff Daniels‘ character to Jim Carrey. In the scene, it came following Carrey’s character trading in their fully functional, but out of gas, van for a dirt bike.

Which brings us to the REAL life version of “Dumb and Dumber!” The US House of Representatives and the US Senate.

After the Government shutdown went into effect Tuesday morning, nearly 800,000 federal workers were furloughed – a “temporary” unpaid mandatory leave for employees. USA Today is reporting that this furlough will affect 41% of federal employees.

Wisely, the two parties put aside their cantankerous, ineptitude and bickering long enough to make sure that active military members of the United States were still going to get a paycheck during the Government shutdown. Just goes to show you that, yes, even a broken clock can be right twice a day

As we climb into the second full day of the shutdown, Americans are left scratching their heads in terms of how this shutdown is going to affect the already feeble American economy.

Some government employees, who have been furloughed, are perplexed over the lack of information being provided to them by their superiors.

“Meanwhile, hundreds of workers at the Federal Aviation Administration were told to start shutting down their offices late Monday. But workers were not given specific instructions, like whether they could apply for unemployment insurance, said researcher Karen Buondonno, who is with the local National Federation of Federal Employees union.”

“’We had extremely minimal information when we left,’ said Buondonno, who has been furloughed three times in two years. ‘ The (furlough) stress is causing a lot of anxiety. We’re not air traffic controllers, but we do affect the future of aviation and it’s really hard to get our job done.”

There’s a famous saying that when you point your finger, there are always three pointing back at you. Both parties need to remember that. There will be a price to pay for angering the american public. But these days asking Congressional and Senators to work their minds during while there’s a shutdown might be asking too much. None of them seem too concerned about Americans who continue to struggle just to put food on the table while the two parties fiddle around in the nation’s capitol and play politics with their constituent’s lives..

So, while the government may be shutdown, Crossroads Consulting certainly is NOT. In fact, we’re still here to make sure that our clients get the best possible service in finding the right employees while candidates get the most help in their searching for a job. And with nearly 800,000 federal employees out of work at the moment, we’d love to help and hear from them too.

With nearly 50 job openings that we are looking to fill TODAY, we know that the jobs are still out there. But that’s not all. As a search firm, our mission is to get you into your new career from step one, to the final step. With our recommended resume and interview preparation services, do not be afraid to reach out even if you can’t find a job that is right for you on our page.

Even though the government may not be, Crossroads Consulting is here to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’