Speech Patterns and The Interview

July 5th, 2016

The excitement is building as time nears for The Interview. This job opportunity is what you’ve been dreaming of, and working hard towards, for years. Your appearance is great; your handshake is firm. Then the interview begins and your speech patterns make you lose some credibility.
Blame it on curriculum changes at the elementary and secondary levels, peer pressure, or whatever, the fact of the matter is dropping the word “like” into a conversation one or more times per sentence can be seen as less than professional. Take that thought and apply it to a job interview. There is research that Hiring Managers and Human Resources specialists, as a general rule, don’t look favorably to what are called “filler words”, such as “like”. Other culprits in the filler word category include “um”, “ah”, “you know”, as well as using “so” to begin a sentence.
In an article on, New York-based speech … Read More


May 12th, 2016

There are a few lucky people (very few) who send off their resume blindly, get an interview, and are offered a good position at a company they want to work for with a good salary. For the rest of us….

Searching for a job is… a job.  But it can be broken down into steps that may make it easier.

Figure out what you want to do.
Figure out what you can do – hopefully it is aligned with what you can do.
If what you want to do is not what you can do, figure out how to get the skills that you need to do what you want to do.

Once you have these things figured out, it is time to do some research.

There are more job postings online, in trade journals, and in newspapers than you can possibly search.  So, think about where you want to be geographically, what type of company … Read More

4th Annual CrossFire Group Scholarship

February 29th, 2016

We are pleased to announce our 4th annual CrossFire Group Scholarship program. CrossFire group takes education seriously, and we value higher education and determination. Helping students around the country, and around the world from Michigan to California, England to Tanzania to reach their academic goals. Over the years, our scholarship program has helped students towards degrees from undergrad through the PhD education level at many different colleges and universities.

For the 4th year, we will be awarding members of the “CrossFire Family” two $500 scholarships, and two $250 scholarships. This scholarship opportunity is open to all students regardless of age or class standing. All we want to know is your connection to CrossFire: whether you’re an employee, family member of an employee or just a loyal follower on social media. Finally, we ask some information about you as a student and what you plan to do with the award if chosen. To … Read More

Using a Work-Appropriate Email Address

February 10th, 2016

Have you ever taken a look at your email address, really looked at it?  Your email address says a lot about you, and when you’re job searching everything, even your email address, is scrutinized while deciding whether or not to bring you in for an interview.  You’re selling yourself with your resume, it is the only chance you have to make a first impression and having an inappropriate email address can be as damning as showing up to an interview wearing jeans or in your pajamas.

I’ve heard from colleagues that a candidate was a perfect match for the position, but when they looked at their contact information and saw or, they moved on to the next resume.

Where you choose to host your email address can also be important, though not necessarily as important as the name you choose.  Some hiring professionals will purposely pass up an or … Read More