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From CPP to dot.com to back at CPP – by Jim Larkin

Feb 26, 2011 in Eye on Edu | 1 comment

Written by Jim Larkin (JL), Education Inside Sales Representative for CPP Hi, I am Jim Larkin. I am an Education Inside Sales Rep (EISR) for CPP. I’ve been in this position since March 2003. I started with CPP as a temp in the mail room! Eventually moved up to the Customer Relations team and left for a “.com” startup. That was in 1998 – 99. When the .com company was bought out and I lost my job, I wrote to my previous manager at CPP for a reference for another job that I was applying for. She suggested I look into this position if my interview didn’t go as planned. And here I am!I was introduced to the MBTI® assessment during grad school when my wife was going through her own graduate program; MFCC (MFT). She fell in love with the instrument and of course I had to take it! She was shocked at my result when I came out as an ISTJ. As I reflect on how I took it and my mind-set at the time, I was either not clearly instructed in how to take it or I didn’t know myself well enough to identify my own preferences. In defense of my wife, I believe it was the latter. I was answering in ways that I thought I should. Today I am definitely sure that I am an INFP. I went through the certification programs for both the MBTI® and the Strong Interest Inventory® assessments shortly after being re-hired. I have used both assessments myself in working with high school students preparing for college and have had wonderful experiences with students who have had some real eye-opening experiences through both assessments. I look forward to interacting with you all through this blog and our other social media...

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Conquering My Writer’s Block Using the MBTI® assessment – by Jack Powers

Feb 24, 2011 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Written by: Jack Powers (JP), Education Inside Sales Representative at CPP, Inc. Staring at a blank page is intimidating, especially when you’re expected to compose something piquant and intelligent. Writing my first entry for CPP’s Education Blog reminds me of my days as an undergraduate comparative literature major when I would do exactly what I’ve been doing for the last twenty minutes: staring at the blank page, wondering how to fill it without resorting to a thirteen-point Courier font. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy writing. More accurately, I enjoy writing the body of an essay, but writing the opening paragraph of an essay always presented a problem for me. I would waste too much time worrying about a clever first sentence. I would have so many lofty phrases and ideas floating around in my head that I didn’t know which one to choose. After conquering that ordeal, I would then carefully craft my grandiloquent thesis. Invariably I would have to amend this overwrought thesis or abandon it altogether because, upon revision, I would find that my arguments did not support it. The alternative thesis would never resonate the way the original had; what’s worse, by the time I realized my original thesis no longer worked, I had to come up with something quickly because by that time, the final, polished version of the essay would usually be due in class in about fifteen minutes (and I probably hadn’t even left for campus yet — did I mention that I tend to procrastinate?). How frustrating! I knew I should start with the body of the essay, and that the thesis should arrive organically from the points I argued. So why didn’t I just start with the body? My knowledge of MBTI® type would have helped me to understand. No, I do not have a preference for Sensing, which might explain somebody’s inclination to proceed linearly from writing the opening, then the body, and finally the conclusion. In fact, I have a preference for iNtuition. I thought the opening paragraph was the most important, since a writer only has one opportunity with this opening paragraph to captivate the audience. In looking back, I now see that writing papers was an experience that placed me “In the Grip.” Knowledge of my type would have helped me realize that I was exaggerating my dominant function, Extraverted iNtuition (Ne). Armed with that knowledge,...

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Some useful tips from our “Using MBTI® Type to Develop Interviewing and Job Search Skills” webinar

Feb 23, 2011 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

Last week, Judith Grutter delivered a fantastic webinar for CPP titled “Using MBTI® Type to Develop Interviewing and Job Search Skills” (part of our Ask an Expert webinar series). I love everything she shares with us, but this one has to be one of my favorites – especially since job search and preparing for interviews are such hot topics right now. Here are just a few of the many things I picked up: There are six job search basics and type plays a valuable role in each one: 1- know yourself, 2- target, 3- research, 4- resume, 5- interview, and 6- negotiate. There are never right or wrong MBTI® results – each preference and type identifies normal and valuable human behaviors. They are just a way to describe both differences (as well as similarities) with one another and learn to work through those. The heart of type defines WHO we are and WHAT our natural interests are. These 4 hearts are ST, SF, NF and NT. Judi presented a list of college majors each of the four hearts of type are attracted to and their preferred interview and resume style. Learn some cues on recognizing the four heart of type interviewers and how to respond to them the moment you walk in for the interview. Judi stressed that a key thing to learn is to teach your students to communicate TO type and not FROM type. Now go ahead and view the webinar to pick up your own useful tips! Go to our webinars page at www.cpp.com/askanexpert to view this webinar under “archived webinars” and check out some other ones from the series as...

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14 Years and Counting at my Dream Job – by Catherine Rains

Feb 23, 2011 in Eye on Edu | 1 comment

Written by Catherine Rains (CR), Education Regional Sales Consultant for CPP, Inc. I may be new to blogging, but not to CPP. I’ve been happily employed by CPP since 1997, first as a Regional Consultant serving corporate and education customers throughout the Southeast, and later as a consultant and trainer serving the Education market nationwide, which is what I do today with CPP. Some of you may know me from the workshops I taught in most major US cities starting in 2005. These series began with introducing the Newly Revised Strong, and then the MBTI® assessment for career development, career counseling to type, and many other topics (my name was Catherine Holmes in those days). Before I worked for CPP, I was a customer. In my last job, I was the Director of Career Service at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where I used both the Strong and MBTI assessments with students and alumni. When my job with CPP became available in 1997, I knew it was mine as soon as I read the job description because it contained all the elements I had envisioned for my “dream job”. I wanted to have a home office, not supervise anyone but an admin, travel the country, and teach a topic like the MBTI to career counselors. Needless to say, this is exactly what I get to do, along with many more fun things like meet with college counselors to help them use assessments more effectively, and get paid to do it! Even after 14 years, I still consider this my dream job. Now that I’ve introduced myself to you, I look forward to fully participating in this community of MBTI and Strong devotees. Always fun to converse with those who I share so much in common with, and who share my passion for supporting others to find their dream...

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An Innovative Approach to Marketing Your Career Center to Students

Feb 1, 2011 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

While some career centers are trying to manage the influx of students they get on a daily basis, there are others who are struggling to get their students to discover the vast resources they have to offer. We all know the value of a career center – but many students don’t realize it until it’s time for them to graduate, or just not at all. I’ve attended several conferences in the past few years and have always been interested in workshops that teach how to market a career center. So when I stumbled upon how the University of California – Irvine (UCI) has ramped up their marketing, I had to share their innovative approach. They call it the “Dream Team” which is a 9-month internship comprised of marketing students who come up with ways of promoting the UCI Career Center by creating awareness with other students. What better way to communicate with students than by having other students do it? Read more about how UCI’s Dream Team Taps Into Students to Market the Career...

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Can drop-out rates be related to MBTI Type? – The Case of "Drop-out Danny"

Jan 29, 2011 in Eye on Edu | 1 comment

Our fourth and last article in CPP’s series of assessment case study discussions by Judith Grutter, focusing on strategies for assessment interpretation using the Strong and MBTI® Career Report, is about Danny. Danny is one of the 40+ percent of college and university freshmen who are likely to drop out before graduating. Ms. Grutter explores why this is the case and how it might be related to MBTI® type. School was never easy for Danny. He didn’t think much about college. His parents didn’t go beyond high school and never really talked much about “career” or work that might require higher education. In fact his father dropped out of school in tenth grade. He has always provided well for his family, and doesn’t really see why Danny needs college. He says that Danny is “a strong boy and good with his hands. He can always earn a living.” Read the complete case study and download supporting materials. Judith Grutter, M.S., NCC, MCC, is a trainer and career development program consultant with over 30 years’ experience. Ms. Grutter is Principal of GS Consultants and conducts a yearly workshop on “Type and Relationships”. This year’s workshop will be held on April 11-12, 2011 at Lake Tahoe, CA. To learn more, read about it in our previous blog. Visit http://www.gsconsultants.net/ for more information on other workshops as well as MBTI® and Strong Interest Inventory® certification...

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When the pieces don’t seem to fit…The Case of "Rosie R"

Jan 26, 2011 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

What do you do when you encounter inconsistent Strong assessment results during an interpretation? This case study (part 3 of 4 in our series of case studies focused on strategies for assessment interpretation using the Strong and MBTI® Combined Career Report written by Judith Grutter) focuses on Rosie R., an adult re-entry university student who is considering a career change. For the past six years, Rosie has been working in Human Resources for a large company that manufactures agricultural equipment. She is currently realizing that her interests have shifted in the following three areas: • Continuing in human resources with an emphasis on training and development • Pursuing a teaching credential or perhaps moving toward educational administration • Attending law school with a focus on family law policy development She decides to sign up for a career exploration class where she is prompted to take the Strong Interest Inventory® assessment. The instructor then finds some interesting results. Click here to read the complete case study. Judith Grutter, M.S., NCC, MCC, is a trainer and career development program consultant with over 30 years’ experience. Ms. Grutter is Principal of GS Consultants and conducts a yearly workshop on “Type and Relationships”. This year’s workshop will be held on April 11-12, 2011 at Lake Tahoe, CA. To learn more, read about it in our previous blog. Visit www.gsconsultants.net for more information on other workshops as well as MBTI® and Strong Interest Inventory® certification...

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What to do after graduation?? – The case of Molly M

Jan 22, 2011 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

This question is answered for Molly M, in part 2 of 4 in our series of case studies focused on strategies for assessment interpretation using the Strong and MBTI® Combined Career Report. Written by Judith Grutter, she discusses Molly’s dilemma as a college student who is struggling with choosing a career major. With little job experience, Molly feels she has limited choices when it comes to deciding what to do after graduation. She is undecided as to whether she will continue on to graduate school to pursue counseling or law, or take some time off once she graduates to pursue the military, or apply for jobs in human resources or substitute teaching. This case study is an essential read for every practitioner in that it suggests a roadmap to the interpretation of flat profiles. Read the complete case study and download supporting materials. Judith Grutter, M.S., NCC, MCC, is a trainer and career development program consultant with over 30 years’ experience. Ms. Grutter is Principal of GS Consultants and conducts a yearly workshop on “Type and Relationships”. This year’s workshop will be held on April 11-12, 2011 at Lake Tahoe, CA. To learn more, read about it in our previous blog. Visit http://www.gsconsultants.net/ for more information on other workshops as well as MBTI® and Strong Interest Inventory® certification...

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From Teaching to Nursing – The Case of Terri T.

Jan 20, 2011 in Eye on Edu | 0 comments

A few years ago, Judith Grutter, CPP author and Principal of GS Consultants, wrote a series of four case studies for the CPP Career Insider newsletter. The case studies focused on strategies for assessment interpretation using the Strong and MBTI® Combined Career Report. Recently, a customer of ours contacted us about these case studies as he found them useful to share with his students. So we thought that it would be beneficial to share these again in hopes that you will find them useful as well! The first case study focuses on Terri T., a second-year college student who is revisiting her initial decision to major in child development and pursue a career in elementary education for a nursing career instead. Here is the full case study on Terri T. Judith Grutter, M.S., NCC, MCC, is a trainer and career development program consultant with over 30 years’ experience. Ms. Grutter is Principal of GS Consultants and conducts a yearly workshop on “Type and Relationships”. This year’s workshop will be held on April 11-12, 2011 at Lake Tahoe, CA. To learn more, read about it in our previous blog. Visit http://www.gsconsultants.net/ for more information on other workshops as well as MBTI® and Strong Interest Inventory® certification...

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Announcing a Third Addition to Our MBTI® College Edition Suite

Jan 6, 2011 in Eye on Edu | 1 comment

We previously introduced the MBTI® Profile and MBTI® Self-Scorable College Editions. Now we present you with the MBTI® Interpretive Report, College Edition. We’ve updated this report in order to provide you with an easier MBTI interpretation session and to guide your students in understanding their results. This 5-page report includes all the data from the MBTI® Profile (including preference clarity index information), plus • A user-friendly overview of type preferences • A brief discussion of personality type and type development • An extensive description of your student’s four-letter type The report delves into the pattern of preferences unique to your student’s type, explains clarity of preference and what it means, and offers tips for verifying type. View a sample report or go to http://www.cpp.com/ to learn...

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