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...
When Not To Let People Poke Holes In Your Resume By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter When faced with a job search, after years of being nose-down in your day-to-day work, it is natural to feel vulnerable and uncertain. And when you feel vulnerable, it is normal to reach out for reassurance to make sure you are doing the right things. After all, “you don’t...
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...
The Painful Process of Naming Yourself   By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter I hear it repeatedly, how painful and intellectually rigorous my writing processes are. Collaborating with clients on their career stories, I hear that my career-intel gathering phase is both “demanding” and “mind-bending.” However, I have learned,...
The 6-second resume scan is hogwash By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Hat tip to Dawn Lennon and Dawn Bugni for unwittingly spurring me (via our chat over at Google Plus) to write this post discussing a recent survey on resumes. I admit to being highly concerned about TheLadders’ survey and the sweeping comments encouraging...
What to Say on Your Resume to Get a Leg-Up By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Are you telling prospective employers what you think they want to hear? Or, are you giving them the facts? As human beings, and especially human beings trying to land a job, we all tend to err on the side of saying what we believe will give us the best chance for success. (Watch...
Choosing the Right “Part” in a Resume Partner Flickr (joiseyboyy) By Robert P. Poindexter Nautically speaking, a partner is a stout wooden frame surrounding the mast that takes the strain off of the deck timbers. Of course, most people don’t associate  that word with the sailing vernacular above. Maybe they should though. After all,...
A Focused Approach to Shaping Your Value Story By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The resume – so often misunderstood, yet so critical in helping lift a job search off the ground. As a professional resume writer, I am passionate about the value of this messaging vehicle. Unfortunately, careerists, in the thick of career transition, often become...
Rain Can Fall From a Clear Blue Sky + 46 Other Things I’ve Learned … By Robert P. Poindexter On the 27th of July, I turned 47. Inching ever closer to that half-century mark, I sat in the cockpit of my sailboat, reflecting on the lessons I’ve learned about life on planet earth up to this point. Below are 47 things I came up with (one for each year). I do not...
ISLAND PARADISE (not exactly) Lake Texoma Beach (walking distance from our new home) By Robert P. Poindexter For years, everyone who knows me was quite sure that when I left the Midwest, it would be for the sun-filled Gulf Coast. While those long, sandy beaches boasting palm-treed shorelines and dolphins frolicking in the surf are still...
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