How to Respond Boldly When Shift Happens By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter When shift happens in your life and your career, are you ready to enact the bold moves? Or, do you pump your fists, shed a few tears and then continue life and job search strategy as usual? Lethargy and frustration infect our bodies and our minds when we realize our fitness...
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...
3 Tips for a Resume Recipe Revamp By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The struggle when revamping a recipe is akin to the angst when rebuilding your resume. Recently, in a lively Facebook discussion, I learned how to make a better egg dish. The processes I underwent mirrors what I see careerists face when cooking up a new resume – whether...
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...
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...
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...
Why Sacrificing Soft Skills Weakens Your Resume By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter International Talent Management Strategist Dorothy Dalton recently wrote a compelling blog post:“The Hard Truth About Soft Skills,” which absolutely nails the value of soft skills in a career story resume. Dalton describes how resumes that come to her attention often do so...
Frazzled by All the Resume Advice? By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Rattled by Career Crisis? You are humming along healthily when suddenly a career crisis shakes you, causing great job pain, and perhaps even job loss. You don’t know what to do. The pain is stifling – all you can focus on is stamping it out, and quickly. You rush to an...
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...
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