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  How to look into the reader’s eye when writing your resume
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Nov, 2015
Does Your Resume Make a Human Connection? In a recent blog, In Search of Excellence co-author Tom Peters shared his flash of inspiration when he realized he had gotten into the skin of his audience and developed a “true personal relationship.” When relating a recent presentation to a group of hardware store folks, Peters said, “If I’m really looking you in the eye and there are 1,000 people in the room, when I’m looking...
  Are Resumes Withering?
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Nov, 2015
While technology is an important part of the job search equation, it doesn't trump thought-work, introspection and proper targeting. Yes, totally ignoring technology can potentially be harmful, in that disregarding its value could equate to missed opportunities. However, overshadowing the process with a hyper-focus on technology's ability to catapult your results can be equally harmful. Why You Must Not "Forget Your Resu...
  Avoid These 3 Resume Mistakes
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Nov, 2015
According to, the definition for resume is "a summing up; summary;" and, "a brief written account of personal, educational and professional qualifications and experiences, as that prepared by an applicant for a job." With this somewhat broad definition in mind, job seekers often get consumed by understanding the details of what to do when building a career summary. However, the conundrum is that you're not su...
  When I started focusing on the right things
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Nov, 2015
My husband recently summed up a work-life conversation, saying, “It’s a funny thing, but when you start focusing on the right things, everything else starts falling into place.” I cling to this, as I pursue a new phase in my journey. Just seven months ago, I felt adrift as frustration began seeping into my foundation. My resume and career storytelling business was booming, and life at the lake with my husband was an actu...
  How to Tell If Your Company Culture Is ‘Going to the Dogs’
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Sep, 2015
The phrase, 'going to the dogs' often carries a negative connotation. However, Glassdoor recently compiled a list of 10 companies whose employee perks include dogs in the workplace, and in this instance, 'going to the dogs' is a very good thing! While not everyone would agree that permission to bring a four-legged friend to the workplace is a perk, many pet owners and pet lovers would jump at the opportunity to bring their...
  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...
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