Why You Shouldn’t Quit Using Buzzwords on LinkedIn and Resumes By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The rules of job search have changed; in fact, some might say they have taken a 180-degree turn in recent years, particularly with the advent of social networking. The waters have become murkier than ever as career journalists vie for the attention of readers with...
Why You Should Include Your Personal Email in Your LinkedIn Profile Image via Nan Palmero, Flickr By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter  Are you a professional or executive compelled to modernize your LinkedIn Profile with current strategies but concerned it will scream, ‘job seeker?’ Understandably, many people fear the implications of making a sudden and/or sweeping...
How Action + Graciousness Can Be Gateways to a New Job By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter In Recruiter.com’s recent article on why you can’t find a job and what you can do about it, Tony Beshara poignantly points out job searchers’ impediments to progress. His tips are must-reads.  For example, he says most job seekers “don’t know what to do,” and...
Is Staying In Your Pajamas All Day Stalling Your Job Search? By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Unbridled stress and angst can exacerbate today’s job search. The economy is uncertain, bad attitudes are ablaze and the competition is fiercer than ever. No wonder job seekers struggle with maintaining poise, hope and focus. With that said, targeted, positive and actionable...
How to Hit the Bull’s-Eye and Land an Interview   By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter It is human nature in job search – as in dating – to want to keep your options open. Many job seekers, whether early-career and fairly inexperienced or 15+ years in and heralding a plethora of different functional strengths, feel they will limit their opportunities by...
The Absolutes of Job Search Are Puzzling By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The absolutes of job search are puzzling; as in most things in life, there are few black and white rules. While you want to follow some rules of thumb, you also should climb outside of your (or others’) boxes from time to time to really take charge of your career versus...
New Grad: Courteously Hustle Your Way to a New Job By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter A new grad client who graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics landed a job in just a few months with our 3-PAGE, focused resume (+ interview coaching). The resume touted multiple leadership roles: captain of his basketball team, graduate assistantship and more! He...
Unraveling the Resume Keyword-Packing Myth By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Analyzing applicant tracking systems and stuffing your resume full of keywords are popular activities right now. In reality, the purported “science of resumes” and the idea you must perform a hairsplitting task of gaming your resume to meet algorithmic settings are...
Are There Cracks in Your Career Communications Strategy? By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Shedding light on your target audience, becoming intimate with your own value and drumming up muscular career stories that transport your reader all are essential action steps to forge a rock-solid resume. This foundational aspect of today’s job search helps prevent...
5 Tips to Increase Your “Star Power” By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Have you ever watched a particular performance and then wondered how that person became so popular? After all, you may have thought, there is nothing exceptionally astonishing about the way they sing, dance, act, play a musical instrument or tell a joke. You know for a fact that...
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