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

Time Management vs. Energy Management: Energy Wins

October 20th, 2016

Time. The elusive, inanimate object that everyone needs more of, yet the thing we seem to waste the most. For the working individual, time, and more specifically time management, can induce major stress. Some weeks we plan, schedule, and manage our time well. Other weeks… not so well. During those weeks of anxiety caused by a lack of time management, what can we do to remain level headed and accomplish just as much as we had during the weeks where we managed our time well? Simply put: managing your energy. Energy management is an approach that often succeeds where time management fails. Learning to harness your energy can reduce stress, increase productivity, and give you the time to relax when you need to.

Unlike time, energy is something that we can change and renew by taking simple steps. Getting the right amount of sleep, eating healthier, taking short breaks during the workday … Read More