Curiosity and Your Career By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter I adore ‘quiet spaces.’ That is why life in rural Gordonville, Texas, fits. Nestled amidst horses, dogs, cats and goats and located less than two miles from our sailboat and luxurious Lake Texoma, my husband Rob and I live contentedly. During morning porch- and...
You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks! By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Hat tip to Dawn Bugni for inspiring the title to this post! Replete with change, our recent Texas transition has dogged us with new challenges. Enveloped by mesquite trees and a sprawling yard, our resort home would seem to afford our beloved Louie – a 15-year-old miniature...
Who’s Encouraging You? Dave and Bill (our Encouragers) - with Rob in the middle By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Encouragers – they thread themselves through the needle of our lives, stitching together our tatters when we find we are fraying. In your business, your career or your life, do you have your encourager team in place,...
DIGGING OUT FROM UNDER THE SNOW STORM OF JOB LOSS I’ve known loss. Haven’t we all? A blizzard storms through our lives, creating paralyzing white-out conditions. In my life, a painful storm from which I not only survived but from which ashes I arose to rebuild a new and BETTER life, occurred when my first husband requested a divorce. Within months, I...
They Shoot Muffins, Don’t They? A few months ago, I stood looking at myself in the full length mirror in my dressing room as I struggled to fit 45 years of bad eating habits and a total disregard for exercise into the waist of my dress slacks. I knew it was happening; I just enjoyed the status quo to the point that I would simply blame the...
I’m not a career coach, and that’s okay Okay, so by default, I weave guidance into my in-depth resume writing processes that smacks of coaching.  Recently, Recruiting Animal (@Animal) took note of this in his blog post: “The Resume Writer.” However, today, I beg to differentiate myself: I am a word wrangler, message clarifier and...
Einstein, Bob Marley and Me As I sat watching the cars whiz by me on the interstate, I envied them all their 4 good tires, all full of air going around and around, 70 miles per hour plus. I, on the other hand, had only three, which is why I am here, on the shoulder of the highway I had only moments ago been on. Air conditioning...
Step Right Up: Career Blog Carnival Ride Awaits Welcome to the Career Blog Carnival! Career Trend (Twitter handle @ValueIntoWords; aka, Jac Poindexter aka Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter) proudly hosts this recurring event originated by Ben Eubanks (@beneubanks).  With a strong response by a diverse mix of career folks: resume writers, career strategists,...
Making Yourself Heard Through the Noise: Lighting a Fire Under Your Career Message As with most careers conferences, the value is in the golden nuggets of information mined from a series of seminars and behind-the-scenes conversations with global career experts. For example, at the recent Career Management Alliance conference in San Antonio, Texas, I learned that in the last month alone,...
Disengaging from Job-Search Crisis Mode Do you know that person? The one consistently in crisis? The one whose voice is always a pitch or two above their normal when explaining their day to day challenges? Someone who is never quite satisfied and always  the victim or simply the sad sack with little hope? Though we all, as humans,  share a given...
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