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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...

6 Tips to Achieve Job Zen

6 Tips to Achieve Job Zen
  By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Anyone who says they are 100 percent satisfied with their job in many cases is either being dishonest or their boss is standing nearby. Anyone who says they are zero percent satisfied, on the other hand, can most probably be believed and really should be looking for...

Avoid These Behaviors if You Are Smack Dab in the Midst of Job Search

Avoid These Behaviors if You Are Smack Dab in the Midst of Job Search
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Searching for a job is wrought with misleading ideas. You may go years without conducting a job search, and then all of a sudden, you are smack dab in the middle of the job search desert, wondering which way to turn! Mirages create false hope, and you become weary in the search...

Be Cautious About Accepting This Job Search Advice

Be Cautious About Accepting This Job Search Advice
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Many well-meaning friends and family are all too happy to share advice about your job search that may or may not be beneficial to you. You can’t blame them, really. After all, they usually have your best interest at heart. When respected professionals share erroneous advice,...

How to Be Happier in Your Career

How to Be Happier in Your Career
  By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter 1. Don’t (ever) give up. If you know you are good at telling a story, influencing people to buy-in and getting others to understand the why, then you may be a great salesperson, creative writer or manager (or a plethora of other job titles). However, for some...

Why You Shouldn’t Quit Using Buzzwords on LinkedIn and Resumes

Why You Shouldn’t Quit Using Buzzwords on LinkedIn and Resumes
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The rules of job search have changed; in fact, some might say they have taken a 180-degree turn in recent years, particularly with the advent of social networking. The waters have become murkier than ever as career journalists vie for the attention of readers with...
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