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Allow me to paint you a picture, if I may.

The year is 2011. This blogger is a junior at the University at Buffalo, and it is March. With junior year coming to an end, he has no concrete leads on an internship that may spring him into the professional world. All he has is his New York Rangers blog and Twitter account that he runs on the side as an experiment, and for fun.

What I was able to do with my New York Rangers blog and Twitter account (as a suggestion I’ve even offered to the readers here a few times) was make connections.

Enter into the picture, Mitch Beck, President at Crossroads Consulting, and manager of Howlings.net – a website dedicated to the Rangers’ AHL and ECHL minor league affiliates.

Mitch and I would converse via Twitter about the Rangers on a near daily basis. Finally, in that same month of March, I worked up the courage to see if Mitch might have an internship with Howlings.net where I could contribute anything at all. What Mitch ended up offering me was such a fantastic opportunity that would change my life forever.

I remember like it was yesterday. Mitch direct messaged me his phone number and e-mail address and we immediately got to talking. He told me about Crossroads Consulting, the company that keeps Howlings.net rolling, and we began discussing how I could contribute.

Very quickly, we worked it out where I could contribute to Crossroads Consulting as a marketing intern. Managing the blog here at OutOfOurMinds.net and the Twitter account for the company. This all began in April 2011, just a month after first reaching out to him.

In time, Mitch had even put his trust in me to become an entry-level recruiter with the organization, helping readers like you get placed into their dream job.

From day one, working with Mitch and Crossroads Consulting have been nothing short of revolutionary and life changing for me. My internship here with Crossroads Consulting has led to so many other opportunities and it’s all because of the trust Mitch placed in me, and the work he allowed me to tackle with his own company.

Despite the fact that Mitch always knew that my end game was more in the marketing realm, and less in the recruiting industry, he never let that affect the way he treated me as an employee. Mitch never hesitated to challenge me in new ways, or teach me new things about the company and the industry that would help me grow my skills as an employee to not just be more valuable to Crossroads Consulting, but to any firm that may come knocking.

Now, nearly three years after starting my professional work career with Crossroads Consulting, my time here is coming to an end, as I begin down a more marketing path professionally.

Crossroads Consulting and Mitch will never be far from my heart and my mind as I continue down my professional path. Knowing I owe a lot to this man and his company, it’s something I’ll never forget – and even more – hope it is something that I can pay forward in the future.

Mitch, I am forever in your debt. Thank you for giving me an opportunity when no one else would. It meant the world to me sitting in my apartment in Buffalo, just as much as it does – if not more – typing this at my home today. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to connect on a personal and professional level. Please never hesitate to reach out in the future if there is anything that I can help with. I look forward to continuing our relationship. Thank you for being the best, and most helpful boss I have ever worked with.

I know Mitch is currently looking to add executive recruiters to the Crossroads Consulting staff. I can’t recommend working with Mitch and Crossroads Consulting enough. If you’re looking to work in the recruiting industry, or you have a strong sales background and are looking for a new challenge, there is absolutely no better place to get going. I have no trouble saying it will immediately be seen in your eyes as one of the best decisions you’ve ever made.

Thank you.

(Editor’s note: Adam – I was VERY touched and moved by this and I GREATLY appreciate the kindness, but truly it was a pleasure to watch you grow. You’ve been an invaluable part of my company and you’ll be EXCEPTIONALLY hard to replace. I’ll miss you and I thank YOU for all you’ve done for me, my family and my company)


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BY: Adam Gavriel

The benefits for America’s long-term unemployed expired last week, and now, The Guardian is reporting that America is losing ‘up to $1 billion a week’ because of it.

These benefits applied to Americans who have been unemployed for long than six months, are now non-existent. The expiration was due to a bipartisan budget deal that did not reauthorize the benefits program. American politicians have once again turning a blind-eye to a key problem in America’s economy; the long-term unemployed.

On Friday, politicians broke down the figures being lost by Americans and discovered that affected Americans will be losing $305 per week.

That would mean there is almost a billion dollars we are losing from the economy because of not extending unemployment insurance benefits” says professor Lawrence Katz.

Katz continued…

It is actually fiscally irresponsible not to extend unemployment benefits, the long-run cost to the taxpayers will be much higher from disconnecting people from the labor market 

It is believed that ending emergency unemployment insurance will have adverse impact on the economy because they benefiters tend to spend the money on goods and services, and plug it back into the economy.

Politicians hope that legislation will soon be pushed through the Senate in order to restore these benefits.

If you are one of America’s many long-term unemployed, we’d love to hear how this situation is effecting your wallets, your lifestyle, and your means of living. We would also love to do anything we can to help.

Here at Crossroads Consulting, it is our mission to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources’ and that all starts with human interaction. Head on over to our website today to take a look at the over 50 job openings we are looking to fill TODAY. Also do not hesitate to reach out on Facebook or Twitter.

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Find a Job - Business People in MazeBY: Adam Gavriel

Recently on the blog here at Out Of Our Mind, we have posted some resume tips, cover letter tips, and interview tips. All great knowledge to have, but what happens when the traditional means of job searching just aren’t enough?

Many know the value of networking; just how important it is, but we cannot stress enough just how important networking truly is, but there are other factors and other means of obtaining a job, or an opportunity out there – you just need to get creative with it.  Continue reading


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In the United States, the unemployment rate continues to fall at a steady pace. There is a subliminal meaning in that however, as it is always important to note where these “lost” unemployed Americans are going. Are they all getting jobs? No way. Some of the decline in the unemployment rate is due to Americans who have left the workforce altogether.

In a editorial column on the Huffington Post, contributor Jared Bernstein offers a look into some of the deeper analytics of the unemployment rate. Mr. Bernstein notes specifically the effect of the Taylor Rule, and where the Federal Funds Rate (FFR) currently stands. Continue reading


BY: Adam Gavriel

The world that we live in is ever changing, and change sparks change everywhere.

Today’s job search is not like the job search of yesteryear, and this can be a very difficult change for workers who find themselves on the job market, a place they may not have been for twenty years. With all change, there is always an opportunity to take advantage and those who can find those opportunities first are destined to succeed.

Take Blockbuster for example. Had Blockbuster embraced the emergence of the Internet and video streaming, they would still be a leader in the media industry. Unfortunately for Blockbuster, they weren’t first to the finish line and Netflix came in and revolutionized the way viewers get their media. A report in June shows that Netflix has 89% of the current market share of television show streaming services.

The Internet has revolutionized the world, and your job search is no different. No longer are newspaper classifieds where to look. Nearly every part of the job search for every company is done online. There are ways to manipulate the system to take initiative and make sure you’re getting out there as best you can. Here are a few tips…

  1. Do whatever you can to make it personal. Sending a cover letter? Personalize it. Try your hardest to find the name of the hiring manager that you are sending your information to and personalize everything. It’s also not very hard to find the e-mails of people within the company. Generally it is one of three choices. (firstname)@company.com. (First name initial followed by last name)@company.com. and (firstname.lastname@company.com). If your guess is wrong, your e-mail client will deliver a failed attempt to you instantly. Try again. This all of course assuming that the employees e-mail isn’t directly listed on their website!
  2. Use as many sources as you can. The obvious choice in this matter is of course LinkedIn, but that’s not your only opportunity. Twitter is also a great avenue to connect with other professionals in your field. Follow your colleagues and begin a conversation. With LinkedIn, don’t be afraid to send a connection request, ask for an introduction from a mutual connection, or send an inmail. You’ll find many professionals are eager to help.
  3. Start a blog. No, seriously, start a blog. If you’re unemployed, start a blog focused on your industry. Find an article posted by a colleague and respond or expand to it, mention them on Twitter to take a look at your blog. Get your ideas and expertise out there in original ways. Stand out from the crowd. 

These three quick tips are a great start to get you on your way to manipulating the system to work in your favor. Of course, if you’re still having difficulty breaking in and getting the motions started, contact us here at Crossroads Consulting. As an employment agency, our job is to get you working again. With job openings that we are looking to fill TODAY across the nation, we are eager to hear from you. We don’t only want you resume; we want to really hear you. Your stories, your past, how is your job search going? Our mission as a professional search firm is to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’ And that mission can only start when you pick up the phone, or hit ‘compose’ on your e-mail software.


BY: Adam  Gavriel 

You may have found yourself reading our last blog here on why submitting resumes online is like throwing them into a black hole, and perhaps gotten a bit down in the dumps. We understand that not everyone is going to have that “inside man” that they need to get their resume to the right person and get that best chance of being hired (that’s why we so highly recommend using us! More on that later).

What LinkedIn provides to the user is a way to try and meander their way inside.

LinkedIn, in its essence, is the everyday market place for hiring, looking for work, and making connections. The big three in what it takes to get from the unemployment line to the bank. LinkedIn has its uses whether you’re a recruiter, someone looking for work, or a company looking to expand your market value and awareness.

First off, if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, make one today. If you Google yourself, you’ll find that the first thing that comes up (if you have a profile) is your LinkedIn profile. If I Google my own name, it goes in this order: LinkedIn, and my two Twitter profiles. If a company is seriously looking at making you their new hire, you better believe that they’re going to be putting in the research on you.

With a LinkedIn profile, these companies will find all the useful information they need to find on you in one place. LinkedIn is like having another digital resume to re-affirm everything you’ve already told to the company.

Some quick tips for LinkedIn users:

Make sure your profile is 100% complete. This means having all of your work experience on there (benefit, it can be longer than one page on LinkedIn), having a photograph of yourself (keep it professional, this isn’t Facebook!), and even including what areas you’re looking for work. Right away companies can see everything they need to know about you. This is your “home base” for LinkedIn, and what hiring managers will be looking at.

LinkedIn provides a much deeper service though, as it is also an online job board. Utilize the “saved searches” function and make sure you set it to update to your e-mail as often as you need it. You can have multiple saved searches where you change a keyword, or you can have a saved search for all the locations that you’d like to keep available to you. With the e-mail update function, you’ll have a weekly reminder that there are more jobs that you should be looking at within your saved searches.

One of the most underrated functions of LinkedIn is that on all the job ads, it is visible who posted the ad. Not just the company, but the LinkedIn user that posted that specific job ad. This makes it much easier to personalize your cover letter and trust me, that goes a long way.

Unlike Facebook, on LinkedIn you can even see who views your profile page. If you upgrade to LinkedIn pro (which comes highly recommended) you can see a full list of those who view your profile. LinkedIn pro also gives you the opportunity to send an “InMail” to another LinkedIn user, providing another way to get your foot in the door, and keep those connections climbing.

In a recent update, LinkedIn has allowed users to “endorse” other users on their skills. We understand the want to keep all your connections happy; however we HIGHLY recommend that you do not endorse anyone whose work you cannot specifically vouch for. If you endorse blindly, it looks bad for you and the user that you have endorsed. If you are going to take the time out of your day to endorse another user, make it count, and make sure it’s from the heart.

That should be enough to get you going and get yourself started on LinkedIn and building your professional network.

If you do decide to join LinkedIn today, remember to follow us at Crossroads Consulting to keep up with all things in our recruiting world.

At Crossroads Consulting we want to be your first step in busting out into the career of your dreams. With job openings spanning across the nation, and a resume service, there’s no excuse to not be contacting us today!

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


BY: Adam Gavriel

Whether you follow the American DD/MM/YY model, or the European MM/DD/YY model of the date, today’s date is 12/12/12, the last repeating date of this century. To me, this is just another one of those menial things that people tend to make a big deal about for a little bit, and then forget soon after. However this date could bring more in significance due to Madison Square Garden’s 12/12/12 concert to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy tonight, which is sure to be a fantastic event. But I digress…

In honor of the day, here are 12 tips to hopefully get you hired faster!

  1. Make sure your resume is right. Nothing turns off HR professionals quicker than a poorly written resume. Make sure your spelling is correct, and your grammar is top notch.
  2. Include a cover letter. The cover letter seems to be a lost art these days. I know when I get cover letters; I read them word for word. It’s another area to talk about your skills a little more in-depth than your resume to make sure the hiring professional has the most information necessary to gauge your skills.
  3. Connect. Connect. Connect. You never know when your neighbor, acquaintance, friend of a friend, friend, old boss, old co-worker, etc… etc… can come in handy in letting you know about that opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
  4. Take care of your “online persona.” This goes double for recent grads. One of the first thing potential employers is going to do is Google your name. Make sure your Facebook profile is clean, or the privacy settings are set to the max.
  5. LinkedIn. More people need to utilize LinkedIn. I myself have a Facebook profile, a LinkedIn profile, a few online blogs, and a couple of Twitter accounts. When I Google my name the first hit that comes up, aside from a few windsurfing videos of an Israeli man who shares my name (lucky for me), is my LinkedIn profile.
  6. References and recommendations, get them and use them. Another area where LinkedIn comes in handy as friends or employers are able to easily write recommendations for you.
  7. Utilize all available outlets. There are plenty of job boards on the web, not to mention job postings on company websites. The jobs are out there people, find them! (we can help you there….)
  8. Stay productive. As we’ve preached here before, time unemployed is not vacation time. Learn a new skill to put on your resume to set yourself apart from the millions of others out there looking for work. Learn a new language; make sure you utilize all outlets to help you get that position.
  9. If an application allows you to submit samples of your work, DO IT. Self-explanatory here. If you’re applying online and the website allows you to add a sample of work, do it. Writing samples, a work sample, any sample you can think of, upload it. You would be automatically ahead of everyone in the process who skipped that step.
  10. Phone interviews are not phony. If you’re lucky enough to get to this step, make it count. The phone interview is the screening process between those the company is willing to bring in in-person, and those who they will not be “wasting” their time on anymore.
  11. Don’t get down, and keep at it. We know the job-searching process is frustrating and can be, at times, downright devastating. More and more Americans each day are giving up their search to find employment. We implore you to stay at it, and help us get the countries unemployment levels back to a reasonable number!

And of course, last but not least…

  1. USE US HERE AT CROSSROADS CONSULTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are here to help, no way around it. With over 50 current job openings across the nation, and resume optimization services, there is no reason NOT to be checking us out and asking us to assist you in your search for employment.

It is our belief that the job-hunting process should be relatively stress free, and we try to accommodate that mentality into our everyday work ethic. Remember, we’re here to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

Contact us today!