I disagree with career experts who claim the resume has just one purpose
MARCH 27, 2017
A tweet floated by in my Twitter stream the other day reminding careerists that “the ONLY purpose of a resume is to get you that interview!” ” I heartily disagree! The resume is so much more! Following are 5 functions of the resume, beyond cinching the initial interview: 1.
Are You Faithful to the Complexity of Your Resume Story?
MARCH 9, 2017
“Make sure your message is clear, yet that you are faithful to its complexity.” — Michael Dirda Simplicity is overrated. While it is imperative to craft a concise synopsis of who you are and what you do, it is equally crucial to elaborate the specifics.
Is your head in the sand?
APRIL 15, 2016
Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity. Seneca Most of us have been guilty of the “they’re so lucky” assertions.
CareerTrend Site Rebrand
MAY 3, 2016
Thank you to Kim Woodbridge of (Anti)Social Development for partnering with me to transform the CareerTrend.net website. As she states on her website, Kim “will develop a theme with the look and functionality that is perfect for your business.” ” It’s true!
Why Career Storytelling Is an Art
JANUARY 10, 2016
An executive’s story is organic, ever-changing and courageous.
Having trouble finding the truth about executive resume writing? Consider these tips.
MAY 4, 2017
“Truth is like beauty; it lies in the mind of the beholder” ― Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom While concepts and strategies for building a hard-working executive resume abound, fixed rules are few.
My 3 Words for 2015
JANUARY 1, 2015
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter I sat in a quiet nook reading Hemingway’s The Paris Wife, drinking it in with big gulps, each word quenching some deep emotional, mental, intellectual thirst. I finished the book in just two days, completing the final chapter at the unusual-for-me hour of 3 a.m.
What’s Hot + What’s Not in Executive Resumes – 2017
FEBRUARY 2, 2017
What’s Hot: Focus In today’s go-go-go, over-stimulated world, readers will quickly abandon your rambling, circuitous story. Instead, you must capture their attention with a tailored, what’s-in-it-for-them hook that is easy to spot, and reinforced throughout the document. What’s Not: Brain-Dumping Avoiding being pigeon-holed into a particular role, you instead dump all of your areas […].
How to Keep Your Eye on Your Career Destination Prize
AUGUST 13, 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.
Melding Words With Passion + Hopeful Determination in 2016
JANUARY 21, 2016
I feel words. Sometimes, a thought will bubble up and linger, lightly. Other times, it smacks me in the face, like icy wind on a bitter-cold winter day. The palpability of language is both soothing and overwhelming.
How To Network Naturally
MARCH 4, 2013
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” ” This Shakespearean quote resonates as I ponder the value of networking. If only networking were under the guise of a different name.
Deepening Our Roots on the Shores of Lake Texoma
MAY 4, 2014
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter And so it goes, Rob and I have moved into our new home, but this time, we are rooting ourselves into this small lake town called Gordonville, in Sherwood Shores, on the banks of Lake Texoma, Texas. A mature home, really.
How to Respond Boldly When Shift Happens
SEPTEMBER 7, 2014
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?
How to Overcome Resistance to Social Media + Enhance Your Career
MAY 2, 2016
For those people knee-deep in daily social media chatter, it may seem that everyone else is similarly active. Perhaps even, you judge anyone who opts out of social media as out of touch or an outlier, negligently avoiding this global, career- and life-boosting forum.
Frazzled by All the Resume Advice?
OCTOBER 20, 2013
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.
The Value to Employees in Working From Home
MAY 12, 2016
Working from home is more common than ever, with technology continually disrupting the landscape of how and where we can do our jobs.
In Your Job Search, Embrace the Struggle!
NOVEMBER 17, 2016
Rather than wrestling with career change and growth, embrace the empowering gains you achieve by diligently exercising that muscle. The post In Your Job Search, Embrace the Struggle! appeared first on Executive Resume Writing Service. executive resumes
Weave Your Resume With Relatable Stories
FEBRUARY 23, 2016
Your Resume Should be Written as a Story What does this mean, really, to write a story? Does it mean something like: ‘Once upon a time I was a receptionist at a telecom company before finding my breakthrough sales role that led to my rise to senior management?’ ’ Well, yes, sort of.
Career Change: 3 Tips to Get Traction
JULY 13, 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 […].
5 Simply Positive Things You Can Do to Get Results During Your Job Search
APRIL 11, 2014
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Job search, akin to moving to a new town often is unfamiliar, disconcerting and frightening. In fact, it can turn confidence into insecurity, and polished poise into rough edges. It also can shift calmness into anger and patience into pushiness.
Is Your Job Search Strategy Languishing? Start ANEW!
APRIL 25, 2017
The nuts and bolts of job search strategy in some instances have stayed the same for many years. For example, careerists still need … to have a great resume. to have a solid, focused resume cover or introduction letter. to know people who know people.
3 Resume Missteps to Avoid
OCTOBER 13, 2015
According to Dictionary.com, 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.”
Why Rushing Your Job Search Can Derail Results
JULY 20, 2016
Feelings of angst and urgency often define job search, even for employed careerists.
Your Words: Career Lighthouse Beacons
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
Email communications between a single sender and recipient can vary widely in quality, content and thoughtfulness. It’s often exhausting, time-consuming and even frustrating to write right and well, only to have the receiver quip back with a one-word reply, or worse, to not respond at all.
Without Words, Stories Will Wither
AUGUST 25, 2013
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter “We hear the mantra everywhere: make it visual, use more pictures, forget text–it’s all about images,” said Neicole Crepeau in her recent blog post, In the Age of Images, Why Words Still Dominate.
My 3 Words – 2017
DECEMBER 28, 2016
My 3 words for 2017 determinedly appeared a few days before Christmas (Dec. 22, to be exact): Pace, Pray, Pow! Before expanding on my words, a brief review of the 3 Words initiative is in order. Colleague Hannah Morgan, nationally recognized author and speaker on all things job search, challenged me to participate in my first 3 words exercise […]. The post My 3 Words – 2017 appeared first on Executive Resume Writing Service. 3 Words My Three Words New Year Goals
Get Over Yourself When Writing Your Resume
JANUARY 17, 2013
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter It may seem counterintuitive to take the focus off of YOU when writing a value-packed resume.
Sometimes Life Is Good When You Allow It to Be
FEBRUARY 8, 2015
Yesterday, for a short while, I felt a little glum for no particular reason. The sun was shining, and the temps rose to nearly 70 degrees at Lake Texoma. Add to that, I live in view of a 90,000-acre lake in North Texas, and I have the luxury of a couple hundred yard commute […].
Why Legislating Resume Writing Is Wrong
JULY 13, 2013
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter While I write resumes for a living, I realize (and prefer) that it isn’t “my way or the highway.” ” How bland of a career marketing world would it be if every resume was written by some formulaic approach?
Storytelling Strategy for Winding Career Paths
DECEMBER 13, 2016
As my career clients emerge from our in-depth introspective process, invaluable insights inevitably flow. A recent such client, who immersed herself in our guided storytelling process, shares ‘why’ she is glad she did, including the value of tidying up her bunny trails.
Resume Story – How to Emote Tenacity
JUNE 16, 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.” ” As who you are evolves, so does your story. While being authentic in expressing who you are is important, it is equally essential to be selective in what you parlay versus […]. The post Resume Story – How to Emote Tenacity appeared first on Executive Resume Writing Service.
50 Years’ Worth of Lessons
JULY 27, 2014
By Rob Poindexter Fifty years ago today, I opened my eyes to the wonders that are planet Earth. In that time, I’ve experienced extreme joy and heartbreaking sadness. This fact in no way makes me any different from those who have gone before me, those I share the planet with now, or those who will […]. The post 50 Years’ Worth of Lessons appeared first on Executive Resume Writing Service. 50th Birthday Life Lessons Robert Poindexter Life learnings
When I started focusing on the right things
OCTOBER 26, 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.
Pink Tennis Shoes and Resumes
JANUARY 20, 2013
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter I recently bought a pair of (hot-pink) Nike tennis shoes. I researched, consulted with the sports store pros and tried on several pairs to ensure a confident purchasing decision.
The Value of Your Why
OCTOBER 6, 2014
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Entering into our fourth year of change has been exhaustingly disruptive and exhilaratingly wonderful. Arm in arm, my husband and I walk closely, planning, commiserating, scheming, doing, hoping and achieving.
Transcendent Resume :: Beyond Your Threshold of Pain
JUNE 1, 2015
Everything that you’ve done up to this point … leads to this single sweet spot; and it is here that you … become the strongest version of yourself.
New Grad: Beware of These Resume Assumptions
FEBRUARY 4, 2016
Recent grads or soon-to-be graduating students face an exhilarating next chapter. Most already have planted career seeds along the university journey, learning practical skills through the classroom, internships, part-time jobs, volunteer activities and sports affiliations.
Are You Steering Your Career Ship?
NOVEMBER 22, 2013
By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter The wife of a prospective client called me this week. Her husband, she said, is winding up two of the most successful years of his career. Monetarily, he is ecstatic; as well, he has built a strong reputation in his industry.
Stop Being So Boring + 4 More Things to Quit Doing on Your Resume
JUNE 9, 2015
5 Things Not to Do on Your Resume 1. List every task you perform.
The Pertinence of More Affectionate, Real Conversations
MAY 5, 2015
Email communication is an art + a science that if done well results in straightforward, yet diplomatic messages. Email’s value, despite the abundance of micro-messaging, micro-blogging, instant gratification and often crowd-sourcing-focused platforms still reigns, in my book.