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Is your head in the sand?


Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity.

Most of us have been guilty of the “they’re so lucky” assertions. I hear it from careerists in regard to wishes for better opportunities and wistful envy of a colleague’s or friend’s advancements while they are left in what feels like the dust of opportunity and the waning light of their own careers.

Is Your Head in the Sand While Your Career Walls Crumble?

I’ve also witnessed a plethora of careerists, dutifully doing their jobs, even as the walls being to crumble around them, paralyzed by fear or uncertainty how to react. Instead of taking the reins of their search through self introspection, resume and interview prep and opportunity research, they stumble through the day, and try not to think about their jobs during their time away. They gradually begin to sink emotionally, and ultimately, financially, as their positions or careers wither.

This leads to the unfortunate pleas of the careerist, aching with urgency, requesting their resume be rushed to the finish line. After nearly two decades writing such stories, the stressful tenor of the professional paralyzed by the imminence of job loss or missing out an opportunity that is in their sights is all too familiar.

Ignite Your Career With the Power of Preparedness and Focus

If only they had prepared and kept on top of their career management portfolio. Without a fresh and strategic resume on hand, many careerists feel a frenzy when change comes knocking or when new opportunities ‘suddenly’ appear at their doorstep.

On the other hand, the familiar tone of an empowered professional seeing and acting, well in advance, upon the possibility of their company’s disruption by acquisition, marketplace decline or marketplace repositioning strikes another familiar chord. Or perhaps even, they are solidly entrenched, secure in their current role, but unhappy and wistful about what opportunities are within their reach.

What I’ve found–repeatedly, with no exception–is that the careerist who proactively prepares well in advance, for career and corporate shifts and change is the one that sings a song of joy when opportunities come knocking or feels a greater sense of calm when chaos erupts. This same careerist culls through the repository of their career wins and learnings to create a highly focused action plan, targeting their specific goals.

Action Begets Traction, and Maybe Even Your Dream Job!

Just today, I received the following email from a client who consistently (every couple of years) revamps his resume story to a) keep it updated; and b) ensure it is aligned with and focused on his future goals. The process this particular client recently underwent began in December and just crossed the finish line this week, four months later:

Hi Jacqui

As fate would have it, I got a call from a Sr Manager 2 days ago about a band 4 position in ABC company.  I am currently a band 5 so this is a pretty big opportunity for me.

I just wanted to share the good news and say thanks again for being a critical piece of my career development equation.

You must prepare and invest months, and often a year or more in advance for career change – the same way you plan and invest in your college education, your MBA, your next vacation, your home and property upgrade and even your children’s futures. The cost of not doing so mounts as the weeks and months of stagnancy multiply.

The return on investment in doing so can mean not only fewer months out of work but also might equal a bump up (or even a catapulting of) your current salary and compensation, and even, a better workplace culture. The return on investment may even equal landing your dream job. I’ll leave you with another recent success story from a careerist who proves that, through deliberate prep and patience, dreams can come true.

Long time no talk. I wish I had some good news to share with you before but it was a long process. My job hunt has finally come to an end and I got my dream job!

She continued, describing how undergoing the resume process went beyond having a great resume and preparing herself for the interviews:

It also gave me a clear idea of what kind of job I wanted. I turned down a couple of offers because I knew they weren’t a good fit. Working on that worksheet was not easy, but it was worth it!”

What’s stopping you from taking that next step toward career momentum and long-term satisfaction?

I am one of only 50 master resume writers and have crafted more than 1,500 career stories that drive game-changing results. My bachelor’s degree in writing/journalism allows me to apply a journalist’s eye to your career.




“Be Inspired”: 10 People Who Inspirit Me!

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

For me, being inspired is important.

That is one of the many (many) traits that motivated me to marry Rob; he is inspirational. “He makes me want to be a better woman” – adapting a favorite Jack Nicholson quote from As Good As It Gets.

In recently very public posts, HERE and HERE, I’ve laid out Rob’s and my fitness transformation initiative that began January 2012. It’s worked, but not because I am so strong or disciplined–although, I like to think I possess those traits in some modest measure–but more because I am motivated. And, motivation emanates from within, and from without.

Today, I’d like to share some external influencers that rouse me to be more, try harder, embrace the process, be exhilarated by both small, and large, steps forward and simply who help me to feel confident that I can soar to new heights of contentment and life satisfaction.

Rob ‘muscling it up!’ : )

Those Who Motivate Me!

1. Rob Poindexter. Rob is my husband, my best friend and my heart. It is natural, therefore, that he motivates me to be more! His own fitness shift and physical and mental revamp is visually and intellectually invigorating. He also partners with me through our lifetime journey to become better individually, and as a result, each a better half of the whole.

SmashFit (Heather Frey) via flickr



2. SmashFit (Heather Frey). She writes, “Your fitness is 100% mental. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it.” I regularly read her “mojovational” wisdom HERE (on Facebook) and HERE (on Twitter).

3. The Biggest Loser contestants and trainers. Rob and I have watched this reality television show together for the past 2-3 seasons, end to end, cheering on the contestants and being inspired by their tenacity in achieving phenomenal weight-loss and fitness goals. Despite last season’s unseemly drama, the end results still astounded and motivated us.

The theme, “No Excuses” is one we embraced, and which propelled us to launch our January 2nd change effort. Perhaps our favorite contestant was Kim, a former professional wrestler who shed 118 lbs (trimming from 252 to a stunning 134 lbs). Her determination–and results–galvanized us!

4. Dr. Oz. His healthy living segments have helped enkindle our diets and helped us carve out new healthy living habits, from providing information on herbs and spices to food selection processes (including how to read labels for better decision-making) and much more!

5. My sister, Susan Barrett-Hensel, a baby boomer who likely would outdistance most gen-y’ers in the area of fitness. She exudes fitness. I admire and respect her dedication, discipline and passion.

Susan participating in the triathlon!

Her successful pursuit to complete a triathlon impressed me, and many others who follow her journey.

6 – 10. Several Facebook and Twitter pals: @CathyLowe, @CindyLarson33, @CarolynSmith, Suzie Kummins-Poirier (@AceConcierge) and  Chele Wells (@TheNetConnector) post regularly resonating, healthy, positive words and also support me in my journey. I aspire to their strength, physically and mentally. In particular, I’m inspired by their triceps, their abs and their energy as I climb the mountain to reach the pushups pinnacle!

In addition, I am a member of a private weight-loss mission group on Facebook, and I tip my hat to the four ladies with whom I exchange encouragement and insights intermittently. Because of the private nature of the assembly, I cannot thank them publicly, but if any of you are reading this, ‘thank you!’ for inspiring.

These are just a handful of the people who inspirit me to be more, to achieve more, to DO more every single day, in relation to my specific health goals.

When it comes to specific goals that you have been struggling to achieve, do you feel yourself falling a bit behind?  Whose motivational energy and insights might you tap to help compel you forward?

If you are looking for a health and fitness inspirer or career trainer and motivator to boost your goals forward, just look around you, people who are achieving the goals you yearn to achieve are everywhere. Tap into their energy and you can soar alongside them!

If you are in need of a professional career strategist to help motivate, inspire and provide pragmatic, pithy career story-telling that will help attain your career goals, please contact us at today!

Being Respectfully Visible + Other Tips on Ramping Up Your Career

By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

In my latest post at, I speak to the topic of focusing inward on your career now that summer has relinquished its baton to fall. Your kids back to school, it’s time to expend your energies on your next career opportunity. With that said, words of caution come to mind in regard to best practices in creating your career visibility. I discuss those here: Get to Work on Getting to Work!

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