Crunch time: Waiting for your Interview to Start

March 3rd, 2017

Hopefully by the time you arrive at your interview you’re well prepared. You’ve done your research and know about the position you’re interviewing for. You have several hard copies of your résumé printed out, (bonus points if it’s on nice paper), you’re dressed to impress, and you’ve consumed the right amount of coffee to make you alert but not jittery. The interview hasn’t officially started—but it may as well have. Don’t let your preparation be undermined by messing up this pre-interview time, be smart about what you’re doing, because eyes are on you.

Get there early, but please, not too early. Five or ten minutes before the interview start time is perfect, don’t arrive a half hour early and have a thirty-minute stare-down with the receptionist. Five minutes is on time, ten minutes is early, but more than that would be unnecessary and uncomfortable. If you’re really that early, great, sit … Read More

5th Annual CrossFire Group Scholarship

February 23rd, 2017

Over the past four years, we have been able to help students ranging from freshman undergraduates to medical students and PhD candidates. We have been able to help students around the country, and around the world from Michigan to California, England to Tanzania to reach their academic goals.

For the 5th 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 want to know a little about you. This year we decided to have a little fun with the application, and we hope you have fun being creative as you fill it out.

We will begin accepting applications starting Thursday, February 23rd through the application deadline … Read More

Millennials in the Workplace

February 17th, 2017

The buzz in business nowadays is the “Millennial Work Ethic”. In most cases, we hear employers and people from the earlier generations turn the word “Millennial” into a derogatory term. All the Millennial memes on the internet are hilarious, but there are not as many postings about trying to understand their behaviors. The gist of all these claims against Millennials are that they are lazy and entitled. However, it may just be that employers and management simply do not understand what motivates them. If you or your company are trying to be more “Millennial-friendly” here are a few things to consider:

Work Environment

This may be the most important because it covers so many things. Millennials respond well to a work environment that allows them to be open and collaborative. Generally, offices with an open-door policy, have offices or cubicles that seem to encourage open communication, a communal area for employees to … Read More

Your Resume, Your Advertisement

February 9th, 2017

In our media-enriched world, there are advertisements everywhere we look. Advertisements have always been in magazines and billboards, and commercial breaks are nothing new, but companies are getting smarter and are advertising their products to us in increasingly clever ways. For the job seeker, your resume is your advertisement, a summary that tells recruiters why you should be hired and what you have done—and I bet you have more experience than you think.

I worked various jobs through high school and college, the first of which was in retail. However for my resume (AKA my personal advertisement), I didn’t want to just say I folded clothes and worked a cash register. To set myself apart from the many other candidates with retail experience, I thought hard about what I really did at work. I talked to customers, but really I used customer service skills to help customers solve their problems and … Read More