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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...

Making Beautiful Noise With the Stories of Your Career

Making Beautiful Noise With the Stories of Your Career
What inspires you? It took me decades to be inspired by Neil Diamond – his pure, crystalline lyrics, his voice that is “gravel and potholes.” Diamond’s music feeds the soul and inspires; you connect to it; you’re compelled to sing along, with conviction. He sang the...

When Networking Becomes Negligible

When Networking Becomes Negligible
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The trendy message to network your way into a new job often drowns out an even more important directive.  While your friend or professional contact may recommend you as a perfect fit, if your qualifications meet 75% of the requirements and another non-networked...

How to Write a Strategic Resume

How to Write a Strategic Resume
  By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Many articles focus job seekers in on specific aspects of their resume such as spelling, punctuation and keywords. While these three elements are important, if they become the central focus, your resume efforts could be derailed. Of course, a misspelled or improperly...

Spark Interviews With a Distinctive Resume Voice

Spark Interviews With a Distinctive Resume Voice
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Distinctions Between Voice and Tone In a recent blog conversation with an admired colleague, Debra O’Reilly, job search strategist and certified resume writer, we discussed the distinctions between voice and tone. In particular, we discussed how those distinctions...

Trumpet Your Value With a Resume That Sings!

Trumpet Your Value With a  Resume That Sings!
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter In my recent article over on LinkedIn’s new publishing platform, I trumpeted my favorite topic, resumes! Unfortunately a vast sea of resumes wash ashore because of their lifeless content. It doesn’t have to be this way. If you are willing to step outside the dulling...

5 Simply Positive Things You Can Do to Get Results During Your Job Search

5 Simply Positive Things You Can Do to Get Results During Your Job Search
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Job search, akin to moving to a new town often is unfamiliar, disconcerting and frightening. In fact, it can turn confidence into insecurity, and polished poise into rough edges. It also can shift calmness into anger and patience into pushiness. Ways to positively channel this...

Job Seeker: Be Patient Even When You Think You Can’t

Job Seeker: Be Patient Even When You Think You Can’t
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter It is amazing the patience you learn when you don’t want to be patient. Buying a house and landing a new job are two life-altering events where your patience is tested, sometimes to exhaustion. Buying a house requires you create a financial resume to support you through...

3 Tips for a Resume Recipe Revamp

3 Tips for a Resume Recipe Revamp
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The struggle when revamping a recipe is akin to the angst when rebuilding your resume. Recently, in a lively Facebook discussion, I learned how to make a better egg dish. The processes I underwent mirrors what I see careerists face when cooking up a new resume – whether...

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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