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  3 Ways to Plot a New Career Change
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Aug, 2015
Does the following sound like something you've said? I want to change jobs or industries but I don’t want to take a cut in pay. I want to move to a different part of the country – or world – but I refuse to pay for relocation. I want to improve my circumstances, but I don't want it to be uncomfortable, or hard. I know I'm smart, have proven myself and have a lot to offer, so changing my job, and my life, shouldn't be that d...
 
  4 Steps To Ensure A Joyful Job Search
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Aug, 2015
You know that saying, "Comparison is the thief of joy?" Well, it can apply to job search. So many people get swept up in comparing themselves and their job search to others that it bogs them down until they are buried in frustration, cynicism and even anger. Don't let this be you. For example: 1. Don't compare writing your resume to what other people in your network tell you is the right way. There are no clear-...
 
  4 Steps to Visualize Your Career Goals
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Aug, 2015
There are times in your career that job search may seem like boot camp, where you follow your sergeant's orders unquestioningly. You just do what they tell you and trust they will guide you to the right destination. You go along fine for a while, blindly letting others navigate your way from mile marker to mile marker, and from career city to career city. In fact, outsourcing the job of job search may feel calm, as you are...
 
  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...
 
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