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The Value of an Imperfect, but Meaningful Job Search

The Value of an Imperfect, but Meaningful Job Search
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter While job search and career management are replete with protocol and processes that should be respected and acted upon, it is not necessary to (always) behave perfectly to land a new job or advance your career within your current organization. The fear and anxiety often...

How to “Get Over Yourself”

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, Demotivating Office Culture

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 Anxiety and Empower Yourself After Job Loss

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 Abandoning Ship

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...

Flying by the Seat of Your Pants + 5 More Career Pitfalls

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...

Why Cover Letters Are Relevant & How to Prepare Them

Why Cover Letters Are Relevant & How to Prepare Them
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter There are mixed messages in the value of a cover letter. In one instance, a recruiter proclaims, “Never waste your time on a cover letter. I never read them,” while in the next instance, in an equally insistent manner, a hiring decision maker says, “Always...

4 Steps to Thaw Out a Frozen #JobSearch

4 Steps to Thaw Out a Frozen #JobSearch
Frozen by the cold harsh realities of job search in today’s ever-shifting and often-brutal economic climate? Here are 4 counterintuitive steps you can take to help thaw things out: 1. Write thank-you letters or call someone (friend, family member, co-worker, former boss) to let them know you...

Bringing (vs. Following) Your Passion

Bringing (vs. Following) Your Passion
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter A fan questioned Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” on why he said that “follow your passion” was the worst advice he’d ever received. A snippet of Rowe’s response follows: “… I would never advise anyone to ‘follow their passion’...

A Resume Is Your Passport, So Keep It Current

A Resume Is Your Passport, So Keep It Current
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Whether you are an experienced professional with many years in the workforce or just out of college, a resume is your passport to new and exciting fields of endeavor and should be regarded for the power it possesses. Here are six Dos and Don’ts to consider with this valuable...
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