Charting Your Goals: Be Su...

Charting Your Goals: Be Sure to Adjust for Drift
Lake Texoma, Texas Next month, Rob and I will set sail into our new lifestyle that involves a two-story house and a 90,000-acre lake in a small town north of Dallas. Our sailboat is berthed just 1.8 miles from our home, merging our sailing and writing passions. Rob, the love of my life, my best friend, a...

Maximize an ‘Ordinar...

Maximize an ‘Ordinary’ Job to Bolster Your Career Value
image: impactfactory.com By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter During a recent trip to North Texas, Rob and I collected several customer service stories that inspired this post. When employees get lax in their jobs, perhaps thinking certain duties seem mundane or not all that important, their performance, and...

The Restorative Process of...

The Restorative Process of Unearthing Your Value
“I have invested hours and hours in the attached (resume worksheet).  I found the process everything from cathartic, to exciting, to tedious and insightful.” These were the words of a recent client, (we’ll call him ‘Ben’) in an email he wrote me, after completing an intellectually laborious...

Walking the Workforce Tigh...

Walking the Workforce Tightrope
Old Yeller: themoviedb.org By Robert P. Poindexter Anyone who knows me personally will tell you I’m a little old fashioned. I like watching old movies, mainly to see all the old cars that were new when the movie was made — but also, just to hear the pure innocence of the dialogue, the concerns...

Recruiters Recruit; Writer...

Recruiters Recruit; Writers Write
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Caroline, a resume client, recently asked me, “Why do recruiters have rules that would make a cool resume look just like everyone else’s?” I love the value that recruiters provide for job-seeking candidates, as well as passive candidates open to the idea of...

In Your Career, Perception...

In Your Career, Perception Is Reality
By Robert P. Poindexter A man ran into an old friend on the street one day and after the usual “Nice to see ya’s” and handshakes, he asked his old pal if he was still in the junk business. His friend smiled and said, “No, now I’m an antique dealer.” “An antique dealer? How does one make...

Toes in the Water...

Toes in the Water
image: Flickr - XixiDu By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Feeling a bit distracted by the possibility of spring? Eager to dip your toes into the water again, while at the same time, feeling a bit anxious about your career? Today’s post, in collaboration with my Career Collective co-coordinator, Miriam...

Paint ‘ConfidentR...

Paint ‘Confident’ Word Stories in Your Flexible-Job Resume
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Whether designing your career resume focused on a more conventional, 9-to-5 job or aspiring to a flexible work path, the essence of your message must be the same: Sell Your Value. As in any sales initiative, you must drill down and really ‘listen’ to what your target...

The Resume: Evolving, Not ...

The Resume: Evolving, Not Dissolving
image: v-land.net By Robert P. Poindexter “Guenther, go down and tell the men to go home. We’re done.” The look in the old man’s eyes told Guenther that some devastating news had just been relayed to him, and he hesitantly asked, “What’s happened, boss?” The old man raised the...

Is the Resume Really Dying...

Is the Resume Really Dying? (Really?)
image: bocaratontribune.com By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Call the paramedics – the resume is dying! Erupting like popcorn kernels fired up by the heat of the latest and greatest social sites, tools and applications, the idea of a fast-food resume, sparked by your LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or blog...
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