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In Job Search, Comparison Is the Thief of Joy

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You know that saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy?” Well, it can apply to job search.

So many people get swept up in comparing themselves and their job search to others that it bogs them down until they are buried in frustration, cynicism and even anger.

Don’t let this be you.

Following is a preview of what you will learn in my latest post. For the full post, please click: 4 Steps to Ensure a Joyful Job Search.

1. Don’t compare writing your resume to what other people in your network tell you is the right way.

2. Don’t compare your resume to reverse chronological obituaries.

3. Focus less on carving a me-too resume pattern and more on describing how you solve companies’ problems.

4. Finally, take a moment to trust you offer unique value. Stop comparing who you are in the job force against a former co-worker or potential candidate vying for the same position.

Written by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, Partner/Owner,
I am a career writer hired by individuals and organizations to build game-changing stories for executives, professionals and entrepreneurs. To find out how I can support your personal or corporate storytelling goals, please follow this link:

Unlock Facebook to Discover a More Friendly Job Search


By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

For some, Facebook is a natural extension of your career and personal brand, adding value to your story. For others, Facebook is a locked-down arsenal used solely to swap pictures and personal updates with your innermost circle.

For careerists who have chosen the second option, you may want to reconsider your strategy. Being hidden from potential hiring decision makers, influencers, opinion leaders and recruiters may result in missed opportunities.

According to The Undercover Recruiter, there are 1.1 billion users per month on Facebook; and, of recruiters using Facebook, 85% would recommend Facebook as a tool to other recruiters.

So, if you want to be seen professionally beyond your own inner circle, you might consider being more “Facebook public.” Some ways to do this:

1. Set Your Privacy Settings to Public. 

  • Remember, being ‘public’ means everything you publish to Facebook will be seen by anyone who searches your name and profile, so if you choose this setting, you will obviously want to be prudent with your posts.
  • However, cautious (but authentic) posting may net positive results. By creating a public Facebook persona, you may mesh your values with those hunting for new talent.
  • And in today’s workplace environment, where culture fit is an important attribute valued by employees and employers, a casual, easy-to-inform and simple to access venue like Facebook is attractive.

For two additional ways to make Facebook your friend during job search, visit: 3 Ways to Make Facebook Your Friend During Your Job Search.

How to Face Down Job Search Obstacles



By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Elite athletes will tell you that training and conditioning along with determination to finish are the essential components to winning any competition. The successful job search requires no less of a commitment.

Here are just a few of the obstacles job seekers face every day and some tips to overcome them.

1. You currently are in a job you wish to leave.

Being bogged down by current work requirements make it difficult to seek out new opportunities. The key word here is “difficult,” not “impossible.”

The Internet means we can do many tasks in our off hours that would have been nearly impossible just a few short years ago. Professional job boards are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you can upload your resume any time day or night. While you shouldn’t limit your search to job boards, the immediate value of these tools is their ease of access, and the feeling of momentum.

Of course, at some point you will need to speak to or see a hiring manager in person. This is where things can get tricky when you are currently working. So be honest with those who may request a meeting. Let them know you are currently employed and ask for after-hours or lunchtime meetings. Most hiring managers are sensitive to this situation and are more than willing to make concessions for good candidates.

Bottom line, do NOT leave your current job to get a new job! Doing so can put you in a vulnerable situation and may force you to accept a position you don’t really want out of desperation.

Follow this link to read more about overcoming your job search obstacles: 3 Tips to Beat the Job Search Obstacle Course.


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