How to Become a Better Emp...

How to Become a Better Employee
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Despite the current, tight job market and lean, often stressed working environments, careerists still are beating the drum for career advancement–a desire to move onward for more meaningful futures. With that in mind, and inspired by reading the book, Act As If It Were...

Preparing Job Interview Re...

Preparing Job Interview Responses: “Wrong” and “Better” Answers
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Being prepared to have a ‘connected’ conversation with the interviewer is essential to getting hired, whether your vying for an entry-level or executive role. Answering questions from a top-of-mind, unfiltered approach often can create a disconnect that diminishes the...

How To Cope With Difficult...

How To Cope With Difficult Personalities at Work
image: Geoff LMV (flickr) By Robert P. Poindexter Do you work with fellow employees who make your skin crawl? Conversely, do some of your workmates have such brilliant personalities that you actually look forward to seeing them each day? Well, if you’re like most of us, many of your co-workers fall...

Your Resume Must Do More T...

Your Resume Must Do More Than Catch a Recruiter’s Eye
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter While I recognize the role of recruiters, my position in the front line strategizing and writing effective resumes is grounded in 15 years’ experience. Candidates can be both creative and marketing-focused in their presentation and still attract the attention of the...

The 6-second resume scan i...

The 6-second resume scan is hogwash
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Hat tip to Dawn Lennon and Dawn Bugni for unwittingly spurring me (via our chat over at Google Plus) to write this post discussing a recent survey on resumes. I admit to being highly concerned about TheLadders’ survey and the sweeping comments encouraging...

How to Demonstrate Company...

How to Demonstrate Company Cultural Fit In Your Resume
image via Flicker: SayJas By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Understandably so, metrics often are a focal point when building a strong and interview-grabbing resume story. While measurable impact is critical in creating a compelling career chronology, equally important is articulating your cultural fit with your...

Job Hunter: Use Your ̶...

Job Hunter: Use Your “Lack” of Experience to Your Advantage
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Tangible, problem-solving, pain-relieving job skills and experience are advantageous in a myriad of ways when you are hunting for a new job. However, for those job seekers whose resume is light on experience, you can find comfort in knowing that sometimes the...

When It Comes to Job Searc...

When It Comes to Job Search, Ditch the Excuses!
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter When it comes to job search, as in other tough, but surmountable challenges in life, you must ditch the excuses that keep you from taking action and forge ahead! You don’t think you have the time in your already bulging schedule? Then maybe you should reprioritize your...

Weighing in: 3 Job Search ...

Weighing in: 3 Job Search Fitness Tips
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Following our New Year’s resolution to get fit, my husband, Rob, and I have lost a combined total of nearly 40 lbs. During my last weigh-in, the scale’s little pound-marker quivered between a 19 and 20 lb. net loss. With 15 lbs. yet to lose, and after having...

What to Say on Your Resume...

What to Say on Your Resume to Get a Leg-Up
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Are you telling prospective employers what you think they want to hear? Or, are you giving them the facts? As human beings, and especially human beings trying to land a job, we all tend to err on the side of saying what we believe will give us the best chance for success. (Watch...
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