Why Writing Resumes for Sh...

Why Writing Resumes for Short Attention Spans Devalues Your Experience
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter With all the hubbub about short and sweet writing in this attention-deficit disordered culture, shorter isn’t always better when it comes to resumes. Here are 3 reasons why: 1. Context matters. While lean and mean rules when it comes to copywriting, muscle still matters....

How to “Get Over You...

How to “Get Over Yourself”
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Recently, after submitting to a series of niggly life and business annoyances and aggravations my grumbly, ‘whiny’ behavior mounted. I was becoming, as they say, insufferable. As a result, my husband (Rob) lovingly suggested, “Why don’t you just get over...

How to Brighten Up a Drab,...

How to Brighten Up a Drab, Demotivating Office Culture
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Being happy at work may seem counterintuitive for some people, but it is possible. While business tasks can be tedious and difficult, when a culture of positivity exudes, even the most challenging projects are more bearable, even rewarding. If you feel your current office...

How to Wrangle Down Anxiet...

How to Wrangle Down Anxiety and Empower Yourself After Job Loss
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Losing your job often comes on suddenly. Even if you had seen signs of your job’s demise and were planning an escape hatch, the actual dissolution of your job still can feel like a smack in the face. In many cases, losing a job is like a death. As such, many people find...

Why Employees Are Abandoni...

Why Employees Are Abandoning Ship
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter With an uptick in job opportunities, employees are becoming more optimistic. As a result, those who have been hunkered down, awaiting the economic storm to pass are resurfacing now, and if they don’t like what they see, they are on the hunt for better opportunities. Are...

Sometimes Life Is Good Whe...

Sometimes Life Is Good When You Allow It to Be
  Yesterday, for a short while, I felt a little glum for no particular reason. The sun was shining, and the temps rose to nearly 70 degrees at Lake Texoma. Add to that, I live in view of a 90,000-acre lake in North Texas, and I have the luxury of a couple hundred yard commute to work in a separate...

Flying by the Seat of Your...

Flying by the Seat of Your Pants + 5 More Career Pitfalls
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter 1. Waiting until you have “time” before you reshape your resume story. A resume needs to be fit, and as you add weeks, months and years of new experience to your career body, your resume becomes overweight and out of shape. Routinely (yearly is ideal), you must take...

Making Beautiful Noise Wit...

Making Beautiful Noise With the Stories of Your Career
What inspires you? It took me decades to be inspired by Neil Diamond – his pure, crystalline lyrics, his voice that is “gravel and potholes.” Diamond’s music feeds the soul and inspires; you connect to it; you’re compelled to sing along, with conviction. He sang the...

Interview Follow-Up Letter...

Interview Follow-Up Letters Should Be More Than Just Polite
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Following up in writing after a job interview may seem like an easy task. However, after the “Dear Mr./Ms. Nickels” salutation, uncertainty often prevails. What exactly should I say? While thanking the interviewer for his or her time obviously is important, being to...

My 3 Words for 2015...

My 3 Words for 2015
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter I sat in a quiet nook reading Hemingway’s The Paris Wife, drinking it in with big gulps, each word quenching some deep emotional, mental, intellectual thirst. I finished the book in just two days, completing the final chapter at the unusual-for-me hour of 3 a.m. My husband...
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