The Problem with the Gig Economy

June 21st, 2019

Most people take a career to be in a position of management.  When many of today’s managers began their careers, they interviewed with a company, got the job, and steadily worked their way up and around the company.  There was no “Gig Economy.”

One of the common complaints we as recruiters hear about applicants is that they are “job hoppers.”  Like this is something bad or implies that the applicant does not have the stick-to-it-iv-ness necessary to become part of that manager’s team.  I would ask these managers to look instead at their own (or their company’s) practices.

Way back when, we used to value employees, and work with them through bad times and good.  The idea of “at-will” employment was generally saved for those employees who were genuinely NOT performing.  Today, we use “at-will” employment to cut costs, at the end of projects, and for non-performance.  In other words, leaving a … Read More

5 Ways to Have Your Resume Overlooked

September 17th, 2018

Your resume is your calling card.  It is the first impression a potential employer may have of you, and it should look good.   Putting your best foot forward is not a function of luck, but rather of preparation and planning.  Read the job description and prepare your resume accordingly.

As a recruiting and staffing company, we see hundreds of resumes in a week.  When we review resumes, we find that many tend to share common mistakes.  The 5 mistakes most likely to get your resume put at the back of the pile are:

Not Visually Appealing – Your resume should look good. This is a function of spacing, font, bolding, underlining, and basic artistry.  A resume that uses different fonts, or crowds things together does not show that you have a lot to say; rather, it shows a lack of attention to detail.  If your headings are bold, they should all be … Read More

Winners of the 6th Annual CrossFire Group Scholarship

August 15th, 2018

CrossFire Group is pleased to announce the 2018 CrossFire Group Scholarship recipients! The recipients are as follows:

Zachary Johnson – $500 scholarship – Oakland University – Integrative Studies

Josh Whitt – $500 scholarship – University of Michigan – MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship

Rosalie Anderson – $250 scholarship – Nebraska Christian College – Marketing

Taylor Withers – $250 scholarship – Great Lakes Christian College – Family Life Education

Saley Novara – $100 scholarship – Oakland University – Elementary Education

Allyson John – $100 scholarship – Michigan State University – Marketing

Lanie Ellinger – $100 scholarship – Calvin College – Elementary Education

Mary Demick – $100 scholarship – Macomb Community College

Allison Glentzer – $100 scholarship

We would like to thank everyone who applied for this scholarship. Congratulations to the winners, and keep an eye out for next year’s scholarship!

Keeping a Low Profile on Social Media Vol. 2

June 4th, 2018

For Volume 1, check out our blog from 2014!

While the Stone Age and the Ice Age took centuries to develop, the Digital Age has seen its infancy and growth in a relative blink of an eye.  This growth has been nothing short of phenomenal, with people of all ages using the technology in just about every way imaginable.

Folks are glued to their Smartphones almost 24/7 for personal and professional use, but should those uses be mixed?  Of course, but not without some limitations, especially while looking for a new job.  There are numerous digital sites all tied into what is called Social Media; here we will concentrate on some of the more popular apps.

Facebook can be fun what with showing off pet photos or watching “that” friend rant about bad service in a restaurant, but for your job search, where should the line be drawn as to what and what … Read More