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  Don’t Expect Anyone to Be Your Savior + 4 More Job Seeker Tips
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jul, 2015
Calling or emailing your friends, family and colleagues when you are looking for a new job may seem like the natural route. In fact, many experts say, if you know how to concisely guide people to help you, you should do just that. However, like any advice, you should use discernment before applying it to your life. With the wide-open Internet forum and the ease and speed with which we are able to ping, email, send insta...
 
  Resume Story – How to Emote Tenacity
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jun, 2015
How to Write Who You Are Marjorie Liebert, a former dancer, said, “We dance who we are.” Similarly, when writing your career story, you must, “Write who you are.” While being authentic in expressing who you are is important, it is equally essential to be selective in what you parlay versus creating a tell-all story. As in any marketing communication, your story must be choreographed with relevant moves for yo...
 
  3 Reasons Why You Should Go Public With Your Job Search
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jun, 2015
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, some people feel a sudden shift in mood when asked about updating their LinkedIn profile. Whether you are struck by...
 
  Stop Being So Boring + 4 More Things to Quit Doing on Your Resume
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jun, 2015
5 Things Not to Do on Your Resume 1. List every task you perform. If your role as an administrative assistant requires you handle everything from preparing coffee in the morning to collaborating with your boss on financial reports in the afternoon, then focus on the report creating and not the coffee making. Resumes are strategic marketing pieces aimed at selling your value, not a laundry list of duties. 2. Forget to C...
 
  Why Employees Are Abandoning Ship
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Feb, 2015
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 you one of these employees? 1. You Are Tired of Being Frenetic. If your culture feeds off of drama spurred by poor or last-minute decision-making, little or...
 
  4 Steps to Thaw Out a Frozen #JobSearch
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Nov, 2014
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 appreciate their impact in your life. It’s amazing what showing appreciation for others can do for you. Witness the spark you spur wit...
 
  Spark Interviews With a Distinctive Resume Voice
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Aug, 2014
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 might matter when writing a resume. Debra offered pithy, valuable points in regard to ensuring the resume voice aligns with the candidate’s personality, and th...
 
  Take Flight With a Business-Lyrical Resume
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - May, 2014
So many resumes are flat – out of tune and uninspiring compositions. If you've read one "goal-oriented sales producer's" resume, you've read a million. Instead of dampening your writing muse with a plethora of requirements that dull, consider the value of a musically inclined communication. A business-lyrical resume is a metric and results-focused a cappella that breaks out into a chorus from time to time. It should...
 
  Why You Should Include Your Personal Email in Your LinkedIn Profile
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Apr, 2014
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 change to their Profile. In some companies, members of leadership, sales, marketing, IT and other divisions actively are updating their profiles in order to better represent their company. In...
 
  3 Tips for a Resume Recipe Revamp
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Apr, 2014
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 they hire a professional with which to collaborate or do it themselves. The reality of my struggle emerged when I began adding more eggs to my diet an...
 
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