April 27, 2013
I hope all is well Jacqui! Talk to you soon.
**UPDATE** from Gina M. Kiefer [Original email testimonial March 22, 2013, below]
April 17, 2013
Thank you for bringing my experience alive. I landed my first contract and it took weeks vs months or longer to happen. I love the roles that came my way were perfectly aligned with my directions. Just wanted to send a note saying that I appreciate all you have done.
March 22, 2013
Good morning, Jacqui,
I love my Executive Summary! The entire package is working out very well and I’m getting interviews. For the first time in my career, companies are reaching out to me as well. I have a few interviews in progress and the roles are exactly what I would like to do.
A company that searched me out said my resume contained descriptions so clear that they could see before speaking to me that I was a perfect fit.
Thank you for taking excellent care in my profile. Tooting my horn is not easy and the resume makes it natural. Developing my profile with you was a very kind thing to do for myself.
Gina M. Kiefer
Global Business Analyst
December 21, 2012
Great news! I was offered and accepted the position at Cars.com. I’ve attached the description below so you can get a glimpse — I think it’s a nice transition job for me and could turn out to be much more in the future. I think my new boss is very cool and seems to care about his people and the overall company culture feels that way as well. Ironically, I also just got contacted from Amazon for a position in Seattle — I had put my resume on their HR site.
I had the skills and passion and combined with your expertise, it created a resume that highlighted facts that mattered most for jobs I was targeting. I must say your process, while demanding up-front, not only prepared me well for talking to prospectives about my “stories” and key leadership points but it also gave me great confidence and reminded me of the value that I bring to potential employers.
So, while other writers may be equally experienced, it’s the process of working with you and the questions you ask (the dialogue) that crafted such a valuable final product. I’m very happy that we connected and have recommended you to others already.
I hope all is well and you enjoy your holidays!!
Senior Leader | Operational Strategy
[name withheld for confidentiality purposes]
November 26, 2012
I had no idea who Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter was when I gave her a call to discuss helping with my resume other than a name, phone number and an appealing advertisement.
However, within the first 10 minutes of our phone call I knew I had made the right choice. Jacqui’s top of the ladder professionalism, uncanny ability to connect with my goals, and her friendly and inviting voice left me feeling excited about working with her and completing a resume that needed her special touch.
Jacqui’s “homework” assignment to provide her with the information she needed was thorough and tremendously helpful with jogging my memory. It came with an unexpected surprise of additionally preparing me for my interviews as I completed the form.I also employed Jacqui to help with introductory letters, thank you letters and Linkedin. Another wise choice on my part!
There were no disappointments, and I have to say some very unexpected “WOWS!” If you are going back and forth on whether to utilize someone to help you with today’s new and improved resume, etc., don’t ponder any longer.
Call Jacqui and I am confident you will feel like I did – Thank goodness I made the phone call and why did I wait so long to decide I needed help!
Senior Leader and Strategist
May 2, 2012
Jacqui has been my preferred provider for resume preparation services for more than 7 years. She has assisted many executives at my companies who have not kept their resumes up to date as they have progressed in their careers, and she has provided guidance on my own resume.
Jacqui’s process is at least as – if not more valuable – than the resume product itself. She has intuitive insight into her clients and a keen eye for corporate requirements. She is a gem.
Feb. 3, 2012
How well the resume was received! The comments during the interview process have been very positive and complimentary, in that the resume differentiated me.
The investment was money well spent which has led to my new position. I can personally recommend and endorse the quality and professionalism of Jacqui’s work.
Senior Director of Market Development
San Diego, CA
September 1, 2011
Guess what? I GOT A JOB!!! I start Tuesday as an instructional assistant in a preschool class for autistic kids. I will be making more money, working less hours, and receive full health benefits and retirement.
I just got the resume from you less than a week ago! That’s gotta be some kind of record, considering I didn’t even have any leads.
I had my doubts about spending so much money on something so uncertain, but now I have no regrets.
Thank you so much again! : )
April 6, 2011 (Follow-up to March 7, 2011 testimonial)
I accepted the offer from Galderma Laboratories this past Friday. I resigned from Sysco today. It is all so good. Galderma is a specialty, niche pharmaceutical sales job calling on Dermatologists. I will be selling Epiduo and Differen .3.
Everyone at Sysco is so happy for me; my resignation went great. I got a hug and the personal validation about what a wonderful opportunity it is. So I got their blessing. After almost 9 years (in Oct), I really appreciate that support from my team and Sysco family.
I start April 18! My recruiter found my resume that you did for me on CareerBuilder.
Interviews went awesome! I interviewed with both Goetze Dental as well as Galderma all of March, which was taxing. I then had my moment of pure certainty, which felt so great!
Accomplished Sales Professional
Targeting: Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Sales Roles
March 24, 2011
I just wanted to take a moment and make you aware of how well received my resume was during my efforts to find a position. I have always approached my job search with a professional resume, but the work you collectively and collaboratively demanded and then transposed was of a much higher caliber and my hit rate for initial interviews greatly improved.
More validating for me was the response from both HR and independent recruiters; “superbly done”, “loved the format”, “I would change nothing” and “I really admire its unique nature”, were just some of the comments I received. In addition I felt the branding image and genuine stories within the document kept me fresh and added cohesion during the interview process, thus making me a better interviewee.
Thanks again for all your expertise and efforts!
Senior Sales Management Leader
March 7, 2011
I wanted to tell you, I got an email from T.H. from a recruiting company. It was about a niche pharma sales position in dermatology. I passed his screen and did some revisions to my resume. He wants to represent me to the company. I have a phone screen sometime this week with the company directly.
THEN — Out of the blue, a dental company called me. Turns out they just never hired ANYONE last spring. So, I am going to speak with them Tuesday at 10 a.m.
T.H. wanted me to prepare by employing the STAR method, which is the same thing as your process from our worksheet. I was so thankful to have my document saved, all the stories and thoughts. I was reviewing it this weekend, as my interview prep has gone to almost “obsession” levels. I want to kill it, and finally make the career move of a lifetime.
Your process is helping me prepare. I just wanted you to know how much I am thankful for this. What a difference it makes–the process, I mean–it is total preparation, so you don’t have to scramble thinking up all these stories. I have super high expectations for myself and my career, and these examples and the way the info is organized is solid.
I did not start to feel as confident as I do now, until I reviewed what work we did. It reminded me of what I am capable of and have produced. Now, I am not nervous for the interview, I am SO EXCITED to shine.
Thank you a bunch!!!
Accomplished Sales Professional
Targeting: Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Sales Roles
Dec. 29, 2010
Ways Your Resume can Influence Your Future
As a teacher I knew the value of using a professional to help with things I could do but others could do better. I decided that Jacqui would be the best fit for preparing my resume as I looked to work in a different field. Little did I know the role she would play in my future.
My new position was to start my own company with a partner in Colorado. My resume was still important for meeting funders, opening doors and “looking good” on paper. One technologist refused to meet with me at all until I sent him my resume (in fairness he did send me his). Whatever magic Jacqui put in that resume really worked because we had our first meeting August 4th and got married on Nov 22nd. Ten years later we still chuckle at the value of a resume!
Thank you Jacqui.
Educated Matters TM
Within the first week of having finalized her resume, Bambi shared this good news:
November 3, 2010
“I have already received two offers for interviews in 1 day!!”
Business Systems Analyst
May 26, 2010
I just wanted to let you know that I start a contract position on Tuesday, and I submitted my resume – the one you did – for the job.
It’s a double celebration this weekend. More like a gift. I start on June 1, and my birthday is June 4. I really couldn’t ask for a better present
Thanks again for all your help in making my job search wishes come true!
Senior Marketing Executive
February 19, 2010
I had this week a wonderful set of discussions for a very senior role with a company. The resume did absolute wonders, impressing the CEO, COO, many VPs and to my pleasant surprise the board of directors with whom all I interviewed with. This underscores in my mind the value of your service and deliverables.
Some of the comments that I received about the resume in particular:
* Outstanding value demonstrated in the resume
* Obvious from the resume that you are a visionary and contributor
* This is one of the best resumes I have ever seen and your skills, value and experience are impressive!
Your resume is extremely impressive and we wanted to have this chance to talk about the opportunity with our company.
It is absolutely a great presentation and value statement, and I love how it moves from all the lower level discussions to the higher level ones so quickly.
Money well spent! Anyways just thought to let you know
Senior Technology Leader
The following client statement is a follow-up to a September 8th note, also published on this page:
November 3, 2009
Want to let you know our mutual client has just accepted a new position as a JDE consultant working for a firm in a full time perm employment situation. He’s very excited about the client telephone support role since he can work from home. Base salary is six-figures, plus Q bonus.
I am certain your excellent career documents opened up oppty’s for interviews and making this job offer possible for our client. Thank you so very much for your excellent career document design work and the way you care about supporting our clients. And, thank you for the referral!!
Shelly Goldman, CEIP, CPCC, CCM, Certified Imago Workshop Educator
Career Strategist / Author / Lecturer “Career Management for Excellence” Washington, DC Metro
The Goldman Group Advantage.com http://thegoldmangroupadvantage.com
September 27, 2009
I’m not sure if you remember me, but back in late 2007 (I think) I used your services to write a formal resume for me as I sought my first job as a fire chief.
It wasn’t an easy prospect. While I had an undergraduate degree, I had limited experience as a fire department officer and I was very young to be trying to getting such a position.
I was worried about spending so much money on a simple resume, but once I started sending your finished product out, I began getting return phone calls and interviews.
It still didn’t happen immediately. I ended up applying at over 30 fire departments and was disappointed more than once to be a finalist for a job only to lose out to someone with much more experience.
In March of 2009, I finally landed my dream job, and I’m certain it was in no small part due to your help. I beat out over 40 applicants from around the country for a job as a fire chief of a large Mid-West fire department.
I even beat out guys that had 20 years experience as fire chiefs, and myself not even 40 years old yet.
A big part of it was the fact that my resume really stood out from the crowd.
Thanks again for your services and the part you had in getting me where I wanted to be in my career!
Nick Swinhart, BSHS, Lic-P
September 8, 2009
I am so delighted to share with you that our mutual client sent his resume out to a firm that had a technical spot available.
He received an immediate response and we are prepping today for his interview tomorrow. I am certain, your strongly crafted resume got our client the interview!!
Thanks, again, Jacqui for all you do!!
Shelly Goldman, CEIP, CPCC, CCM
Certified Imago Workshop Educator
Career Strategist / Author / Lecturer
President – The Goldman Group Advantage
The Goldman Group Advantage.com http://thegoldmangroupadvantage.com
Author – “Insider’s Guide to Finding a Job”
Co-authored with Wendy Enelow. (Bookstore) http://wendyenelow.com
May 29, 2009
I have found the entire (resume) process and corresponding results tremendously helpful and greatly valuable. I have had nothing but a steady stream of replies.
I think the work you do, the process and the results are well worth every penny
Senior Technology Leader
April 21, 2009
Sorry have not written-busy getting ready for the big move to Raleigh-have 6 jobs there to interview for!! Resume’s working!
Mary Pat Whaley
Healthcare Management Executive
September 16, 2008
You did such a great job on my resume I have told several people about your services.
FYI – I ended up at Pegasystems as an Engagement Leader. Pega is out of Boston, but I can still live in KC. I was told my resume was the best they had seen in along time!
Executive: Process Re-engineer / Business Architect / Consultant
July 14, 2008
My investment in your service was worth every penny as it allowed me to fast-forward highlighting what I am capable of contributing.
After 10 months of conducting my search (and staying with my current employer) using my newly created resume, I have landed an outstanding position. The resume that you created for me was designed to highlight the quality of the accomplishments I have experienced in my business career and downplay the number of positions I have held.
The smart executive understands his/her role as a “free agent” – a need to be nimble and responsive to the needs of progressive companies looking for high achievers and best performers(versus clutching on to a lifetime career at a single company, an ideal of the past). The smart company appreciates the modern executive’s strategic and agile approach to designing a career and value proposition “story” that matches to corporate needs, one that requires a diversity of experiences and key contributor and leadership roles that advanced him up the career ladder and positioned him to solve the needs and contemporary problems within an ever-shifting global market-place.
That’s what you helped create for me, a story about what I contributed in my various roles and how I opted to become a “free agent” when my role did not meet my needs as an individual. In fact, when speaking with the CEO of my new opportunity his only comment about my work history was not about how many, but rather “it really looks like you have held some very important positions, much like we need in our company.”
Jacqui, thank you again.
February 17, 2008
As a quick update, I left Comcast in June and received 4 job offers within a 6 week period. I accepted a position with ADT Security as the Area VP / General Manager for the Mid-Atlantic.
My family will be moving to Northern Virginia the end of March.
I am extremely happy and know that the work you performed was a major factor in my success.
Area VP / General Manager
February 6, 2008
I just wanted to let you know that I received my letter of acceptance from OUHSC (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center) yesterday to begin Physician Associate school in June.
Thank you so much for the professional resume you created for me. I have used it over and over, and it gets me an interview every time.
November 16, 2007
I am back in town. The interview went well. They were impressed with the resume. You did an amazing job. The company will get back to me with an offer.
Thank you and regards,
International Business Development Manager
October 26, 2007
I wanted to touch base and let you know I recently accepted a new position, Vice President of Marketing at Seapine Software (www.Seapine.com).
I can say that my resume (thanks to you) always received great comments, and I know that several of my “cold calls” became “warm calls” because of the documents (resume / leadership addendum and cover letters) you crafted.
Thanks for the help.
Your service was the wisest investment in my future that I have ever made (including my Graduate degree).
Just in the past 2 weeks, I have had 4 interviews; (initially), I achieved a “hit” ratio of 1 out of every 2 resumes I sent out.”
October 11, 2006
Got a job at Dell …
One recruiter mentioned that “It is one of the best resumes he has ever seen!”
Another recruiter mentioned that “The resume is awesome; it is succinct; it easily highlights your experience.”
Everybody who looked at the resume was impressed and praised it.
Information Technology Executive
September 15, 2006
Thought I would drop you a note and let you know how the “Chiefs Selection” went for me.
I was appointed the Chief of the Kansas City Kansas Police Department the first week of September. Though there was an extensive assessment process, I believe the resume you prepared outlining my accomplishments was instrumental in me making the final cut.
Thanks for your help and I will be contacting you soon to update my resume to include my current position. I have taken the liberty to pass along your information to several Police
Commanders who need a professional resume writer.
Samuel F Breshears
Chief of Police
Kansas City Kansas Police Department
June 27, 2006
I am currently in Hong Kong and will continue to be in Asia for several months. I have been retained by a major brand to correct some situations in their contracted factories throughout Asia.
They have been trying to convince me to take the Senior Manager position and switch from consulting.
I believe I am very accurate in saying that it was your re-write of my resume that marketed me to these people.
Thanks for your help.
International Business Management Executive
October 13, 2005
I just wanted to send you a note of thanks.
I want to let you know that I have received numerous compliments on the Resume that you crafted for me, and I have accepted a new position.
I went through 7 phone interviews and met with 7 people on site. Several of the people commented on how professional the resume looked. As a result of taking this position, I will be relocating to Seattle. The position that I am taking is Director of Technical Operations at a fast-growing company in Redmond Washington. This is the exact level of position I was targeting!
I also had several other employers interested after they reviewed my resume. I just want to say thank you so much for your help!! I know that my resume was a key factor in generating the interest that led to the interviews.
Thanks again Jacqui for all your help!
Senior Management Executive – Technology
April 20, 2005
I had the distinct privilege of working with Career Trend on rewriting my resume. They gave it the polish and professionalism that it needed while rearranging critical information that literally leaped off the page.
Bottom line result: 4 weeks from resume to a new job with higher earnings. Jacqui and her team are magnificent, and I would strongly recommend them to anyone who wants to make an impact in their job search!
David A. Anderson
March 18, 2005
The interview went great. The people were nice, and the travel (40% – 50%) will be restricted to the Midwest. They offered, and I accepted, the position this morning. Great base pay plus car allowance, full health benefits, life insurance, 401K matching, and a potential double-digit bonus.
I certainly couldn’t have done it without your help.
P.S. They did ask me a few behavioral questions we went over [during our interview coaching session].
I must commend you on your superior work, creativity and effectiveness. I found your range of skills and in-depth preparation of executive-level resumes and other powerful support materials to be off the charts.
Additionally, your professional credentials and interpersonal qualities are unique and superbly first-rate. Your ability to package and present me in an exclusive manner distinctly set me apart in a very competitive job market.
I landed an outstanding VP of Sales position in just three months. I can’t thank you enough.
Vice President of Sales
January 5, 2005
Best wishes in 2005 to you! I’m not sure if I ever told you which job I accepted in August 2002. I’m a 4th grade teacher at a small Catholic school. It’s right off of I-35 and only takes me 20 minutes — barring any construction!
Let me thank you again for the encouragement you gave me during our “pre-writing” resume interview. You pointed out the “qualities” I didn’t realize I still had after not teaching for ALOT of years!!
Starting in this small school and having a wonderful, supportive staff has really helped build up my confidence. I won’t lie: the first semester was tough!! But, I prevailed, and I’m in my 3rd year there. I’ve received my Kansas licensure after taking the 8 credit hours I needed to qualify for the “recency” requirement.
All is well, and I pray for another good year.
June 2, 2004
Hello … You prepared a resume for me when I lived in Leawood, Kansas. It was so well done that every job I ever applied for I received a job offer. Now I am writing to see if you can help my companion with his English-version resume …
June 1, 2004
WOW! I should have come to you sooner. I now see that writing a resume is an art. You really did a great job of putting everything together to better sell my skills.
Human Resources Professional
January 13, 2004
I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work and effort you put into my resume. The quality and style were of pure professionalism, and not to mention the wording and arrangement were perfect. Once I received the first draft, I hardly had to make any changes. I forwarded it onto a relative, and she showed it to some people at the law firm she works at.
Here was what she said:
“Julie, our HR Director, said this is awesome. She said that the Technical Summary is the first thing that you notice, and that is what most HR people look for at first glance with a resume. I have asked Heather (Executive Director) also, and she thinks this is one of the best resumes she has ever seen. She also said that if you want to use her as a reference, she would be glad to give you a good one.”
I hope everyone has better results (even) than I did! ‘Cause if so, there won’t be any need for unemployment! Heck, I wanted to hire myself after reading it! …
Michael C. Herschberger
December 21, 2003
I want to express my gratitude, not just for the resume you created for me, but for the time to explore exactly what my strengths were and the professional approach to telling my story.
You consistently explored all aspects of my career in order to insure a resume that depicts what I have accomplished and what I have to offer.
Thank you again for your efforts,
Don D. Little
Senior Vice President
Capital West Financial, LLC
October 1, 2003
Having you prepare my resume may have been the best thing I’ve done to further my career. I actually turned down two jobs that were offered to me. I truly believe that the professionalism of the resume you prepared is a big part of the reason I was granted interviews.
June 30, 2003
I just accepted a sales position with Nexstar Financial in St. Louis. The position is an inbound inside sales position where I will be offering loans to customers of Bank One, TD Waterhouse, Edward Jones, and a large number of credit unions. I want to thank you for all your help.
The resume was very impressive and the interview coaching was very helpful.
May 29, 2003
I started e-mailing my resume to colleagues, friends, etc. on Tuesday. Since then two board members have set up meetings with me to see if I want to come work for them. A volunteer who works in a senator’s office told me about a job opening. I faxed my resume and the hiring manager called me right away for an interview – which is today. I really enjoyed working with you.
My resume looks so good – I could have never accomplished that. I have told so many people about you! Thanks a million!
Hemispheres Arts Academy
April 8, 2003
My wife and I went over the resume last evening … you did an outstanding job on it!
We were very impressed with the style, content and professional look of the finished product. It is obvious that you took a detailed approach to your work. Thanks very much for all of your efforts!
Operations/Procurement/Materials Management Professional
March 18, 2003
Just a quick note to let you know how I truly appreciate the professionalism that you displayed in reconstructing my resume. After 21 years in the business world, I suddenly found myself without a job and did not know where to turn.
I made an attempt to create my own resume but quickly realized it was not effective. I contacted you for help and within three weeks after completion of the revised resume, I began getting interviews. I am now currently employed in the Chicago, IL area and am looking forward to additional business challenges and rewards.
Once again, thank you for your help, and good luck in the future.
Jay R. Toelkes
General Sales Manager
November 20, 2002
Your hard and energetic work in creating my resume has paid off for me. After submitting my resume to more than 50 job opportunities, I have recently finished my second interview with a company called Fieldworks located in Olathe, Kansas.
Fieldworks sells equipment to the construction, GIS/Mapping, Industrial, Land Surveying and Law Enforcement industries. They are wanting to expand into the international market, and that is why they are heavily considering my experience in this position.
They told me that I was one of the Top 3 candidates for the position before they interviewed me for the first time last week. I believe that this has a lot to do with the information that was found on my resume.
International Sales Representative
July 15, 2002
What a wonderful job you did on my resume!! I could not be happier. I will send you a letter of thanks, which you may use in your portfolio.
Hotel Management Executive
November 16, 2001
I wanted you to know that I have received alot of comments on the quality of the resume that you had prepared for me. I am actively seeking employment having left Sprint, and the resume has been received very well.
I just wanted to thank you for your wholehearted help in working with me on my resume(s). The response from my resume was very positive – Hallmark called me the next day after I sent them a resume, and I turned down a senior manager position from another company (they said my resume was always on the ‘top of the pile’).
Although I have decided to move overseas and research opportunities there (for which you created a wonderful resume), I am sure I will be using you in the future, and I will be recommending you to associates.
The way in which you formatted my resume got everyone’s attention. People always commented on my Ecuador trip and seemed to be really impressed. You could not have done a better job in selecting the resume content.
Thank you, thank you.
I wanted to thank you for all your hard work in putting together my resume. It takes a special person to pull together all the wonderful characteristics that you did for me–you made me sound like somebody I wanted to be and the good thing about it is that person is me.
I know I thanked you way back when–when I first received my final copy, but my journey has been one of new and exciting events. I will tell you of my story of where I have been and where I am at this time. After turning down several offers I accepted a position at Mayer Hoffman & McCann/CBIZ on the Plaza.
At the time I had submitted several resumes to other companies and after about two months I heard from Hallmark. Yes, Hallmark is where I am at this time. I am in the Sales Department as a Retail Support Center Inside Sales Representative. Hopefully, I will be using your services to update my current resume.
Once again–thank you.
I wanted to tell you that my resume is working very well. It has actually prompted a response from 100% of those that I have sent it to. I also never realized how many want it electronically. I am now in a fortunate position to pick a new position.
Thanks for your help! I will keep you posted as to my next position, I will also continue to recommend you to associates in Kansas City.
You were a great help, possibly too good. I won’t be able to take the 6-month furlough I had hoped!!!!
Overland Park, Kansas
Jacqui, I hope you had an enjoyable Easter. I want to again thank you for your professionalism and support during my search. You provided me with tremendous service and your writing skills and knowledge were best of class. I’ll keep you posted on my career and please don’t ever hesitate to call on me for any reason.
As an outplaced executive, my professional needs were intense and wide-ranging. Career Trend was an excellent resource and provided me with the high quality support and direction I needed.
Truly a first class operation.
Northeast Sales for Internet Start-up Company
Well, this week has been exciting. I was offered and accepted a job as a Program Director for Executive Programs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. I will start my new duties on May 15 in Cambridge, MA. My last day here is officially April 28.
I was also offered a chance to interview for a position in D.C. this
week and was asked if I wanted to work on a Ph.D. at Missouri University! It’s funny how it is usually feast or famine.
Thank you for all of your help. Let’s continue to stay in touch. I have been passing out your information. You will probably begin receiving calls from people.
Program Director for Executive Programs,
John F. Kennedy School of Government
at Harvard University
I wanted to let you know that I got a job at Labone in Lenexa. I found out today. It was the first job I wanted, with better pay and benefits. It was between this and Sprint but Labone won out.
Thank you for your time and help on the resumes. I will mention your service for anyone else I know looking a career change.