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...
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...
Why Cover Letters Are Relevant & How to Prepare Them By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter There are mixed messages in the value of a cover letter. In one instance, a recruiter proclaims, “Never waste your time on a cover letter. I never read them,” while in the next instance, in an equally insistent manner, a hiring decision maker says, “Always...
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,...
4 Steps to Thaw Out a Frozen #JobSearch Frozen by the cold harsh realities of job search in today’s ever-shifting and often-brutal economic climate? Here are 4 counterintuitive steps you can take to help thaw things out: 1. Write thank-you letters or call someone (friend, family member, co-worker, former boss) to let them know you...
Bringing (vs. Following) Your Passion By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter A fan questioned Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” on why he said that “follow your passion” was the worst advice he’d ever received. A snippet of Rowe’s response follows: “… I would never advise anyone to ‘follow their passion’...
Avoid These Behaviors if You Are Smack Dab in the Midst of Job Search By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Searching for a job is wrought with misleading ideas. You may go years without conducting a job search, and then all of a sudden, you are smack dab in the middle of the job search desert, wondering which way to turn! Mirages create false hope, and you become weary in the search...
How To Heal a Toxic Work Situation By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Toxic work environments are real and more commonplace than I care to say – I hear about them often in my line of work. People aren’t always wanting to simply move on to a higher level or more highly compensated role; they often just want OUT of their acidic...
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...
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...
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