Going Public: Why You Should Get Purposefully Uncomfortable in Job Search It almost goes without saying that job seekers should be more visible online than in the past. However, for many people that openness is at odds with their naturally private personality. While lighthearted personal use of social media such as occasional Facebook or Instagram updates may now feel the norm,...
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...
Have Fun + 2 More Tips to Dissolve the Cluster of Job Search Negativity By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter While most careerists face bouts of anger or bitterness at different times, they ultimately realize that neutralizing those feelings is necessary in order to move ahead, be productive, find calm – even laugh and experience joy. For some, bitterness emanates from a bad...
Why Writing Resumes for Short Attention Spans Devalues Your Experience By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter With all the hubbub about short and sweet writing in this attention-deficit disordered culture, shorter isn’t always better when it comes to resumes. Here are 3 reasons why: 1. Context matters. While lean and mean rules when it comes to copywriting, muscle still matters....
How to “Get Over Yourself” By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Recently, after submitting to a series of niggly life and business annoyances and aggravations my grumbly, ‘whiny’ behavior mounted. I was becoming, as they say, insufferable. As a result, my husband (Rob) lovingly suggested, “Why don’t you just get over...
How to Brighten Up a Drab, Demotivating Office Culture By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Being happy at work may seem counterintuitive for some people, but it is possible. While business tasks can be tedious and difficult, when a culture of positivity exudes, even the most challenging projects are more bearable, even rewarding. If you feel your current office...
Why Employees Are Abandoning Ship By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter With an uptick in job opportunities, employees are becoming more optimistic. As a result, those who have been hunkered down, awaiting the economic storm to pass are resurfacing now, and if they don’t like what they see, they are on the hunt for better opportunities. Are...
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 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 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...
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