The Rigors and Joy of Care...

The Rigors and Joy of Career and Life Change
Wraparound porch - off the master suite By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The picture above of the wraparound porch just off of our master suite is one of many reasons Rob and I chose to move to this Lake Texoma, Texas, hideaway. Located in a small town called Gordonville, just 60 miles north of Dallas, the...

I’m Done!...

I’m Done!
image: flickr via Sir Nube Negra By Robert P. Poindexter Job loss is a devastating time in anyone’s life–even if you hate the job; even if you had started making plans to leave the job long before you finally did; even if you chose to leave of your own volition. While few things can match the...

How Strong Is Your Workpla...

How Strong Is Your Workplace Game Face?
image: playfulintellection By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter My recent post over at Glassdoor.com articulated the value of wearing your ‘game face’ as a mask in which you suit up to play the part of a value-add workplace contributor. The metaphor sparked a couple of pithy comments from Twitter and...

Career Changer: Can You Qu...

Career Changer: Can You Quell “Bottom-line Ache”?
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter image: di-ablow Career change is not only possible, it is probable if you bear in mind certain rules of thumb and realities and consider your career change process an adventure involving new learnings, personal sacrifices and opportunities for exhilaration. As well, as in ANY...

A Resume YOUR Way...

A Resume YOUR Way
By Robert P. Poindexter I love blueberry muffins, but I don’t like blueberry ice cream. Not that it’s inherently evil or anything; I just don’t happen to be a fan. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of anything I like blueberries in, except for muffins. I really don’t like blueberries by themselves...

Resume Updates: How Often?...

Resume Updates: How Often?
notesinabook By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Maintaining an updated resume – or, transforming it — in this rapidly changing career environment is imperative at any time, and particularly now, when the buyers’ market prevails. Ensuring your value shines and each career assertion resonates with...

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...
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