What to Do When an Employe...

What to Do When an Employer Slings an Oddball Interview Question
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Your hair and clothes are pristine. You conduct a final run-through of common interview questions. Calm descends upon you. You are confident and cool as you enter the job interview. That is, until your prospective boss slings a question like those listed on Glassdoor’s...

When Not To Let People Pok...

When Not To Let People Poke Holes In Your Resume
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter When faced with a job search, after years of being nose-down in your day-to-day work, it is natural to feel vulnerable and uncertain. And when you feel vulnerable, it is normal to reach out for reassurance to make sure you are doing the right things. After all, “you don’t...

My 3 Words for 2014...

My 3 Words for 2014
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Each year, Chris Brogan, Publisher of Owner Magazine and CEO/President of Human Business Works, blogs about his 3 Words for the new year. He describes the words as “shorthand representation of your bigger story. It’s kind of like how an icon isn’t the software...

How Action + Graciousness ...

How Action + Graciousness Can Be Gateways to a New Job
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter In Recruiter.com’s recent article on why you can’t find a job and what you can do about it, Tony Beshara poignantly points out job searchers’ impediments to progress. His tips are must-reads.  For example, he says most job seekers “don’t know what to do,” and...

Employee: Are You Performi...

Employee: Are You Performing in a Profitable Way?
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter A recent ERE.net article, “Helicopter Parents,” addresses the idea of companies “adjusting … business practices and offerings to meet [millennial generation] expectations.” The conversation around how employers should cultivate an enriching culture that indicates...

Is Staying In Your Pajamas...

Is Staying In Your Pajamas All Day Stalling Your Job Search?
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Unbridled stress and angst can exacerbate today’s job search. The economy is uncertain, bad attitudes are ablaze and the competition is fiercer than ever. No wonder job seekers struggle with maintaining poise, hope and focus. With that said, targeted, positive and actionable...

Are You Steering Your Care...

Are You Steering Your Career Ship?
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The wife of a prospective client called me this week. Her husband, she said, is winding up two of the most successful years of his career. Monetarily-speaking, he is ecstatic; as well, he has forged a strong reputation in his industry. Culturally, though, he is in a funk, as the...

Harvesting Our Dreams in L...

Harvesting Our Dreams in Lake Texoma, TX
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Life As We Live It Now Winnowing our waistlines and nourishing our marriage, we forge ahead, rooted in strength and hope. Our landscape includes tree-lined, winding roads punctuated with eclectic cabins, tiki huts, grazing horses, cattle and chickens. Pelican’s Landing is...

How New Grads Can Showcase...

How New Grads Can Showcase Their Career Value
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Most new graduates undersell their value. University career services, friends and family cite staid resume rules that stifle their message. Moreover, old-school traditionalist formats and content strategies still pervade the Internet, school halls and libraries. As such,...

Why Sacrificing Soft Skill...

Why Sacrificing Soft Skills Weakens Your Resume
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter International Talent Management Strategist Dorothy Dalton recently wrote a compelling blog post:“The Hard Truth About Soft Skills,” which absolutely nails the value of soft skills in a career story resume. Dalton describes how resumes that come to her attention often do so...
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