Stop Being So Boring + 4 More Things to Quit Doing on Your Resume 5 Things Not to Do on Your Resume 1. List every task you perform. If your role as an administrative assistant requires you handle everything from preparing coffee in the morning to collaborating with your boss on financial reports in the afternoon, then focus on the report creating and not the coffee...
The Value of an Imperfect, but Meaningful Job Search By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter While job search and career management are replete with protocol and processes that should be respected and acted upon, it is not necessary to (always) behave perfectly to land a new job or advance your career within your current organization. The fear and anxiety often...
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 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...
Disrupt Your Resume Beyond LinkedIn’s Borders By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter As happens in the circle of forward thinkers and futurists, predicting the next trend is inevitable. In the careers environment, many experts feel that LinkedIn is surpassing the resume in value, and in some cases, replacing it altogether. This likely will never happen. For...
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 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...
How To Erase Common Resume Mistakes By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Writing your resume is simple, right? You just open up a Word document and start dumping your responsibilities, a few metrics and just the right amount of keywords onto the page. And voila, that pesky task is done. Wrong! Resumes are strategic marketing communications that...
Are You Steering Your Career Ship? By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The wife of a prospective client called me this week. Her husband, she said, is winding up two of the most successful years of his career. Monetarily-speaking, he is ecstatic; as well, he has forged a strong reputation in his industry. Culturally, though, he is in a funk, as the...
How New Grads Can Showcase Their Career Value By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Most new graduates undersell their value. University career services, friends and family cite staid resume rules that stifle their message. Moreover, old-school traditionalist formats and content strategies still pervade the Internet, school halls and libraries. As such,...
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