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I disagree with career experts who claim the resume has just one purpose

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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.

2017 73

Are You Faithful to the Complexity of Your Resume Story?

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“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.

2017 74

Is your head in the sand?

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Luck is what happens when preparedness meets opportunity. Seneca Most of us have been guilty of the “they’re so lucky” assertions.

2016 105

CareerTrend Site Rebrand

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Thank you to Kim Woodbridge of (Anti)Social Development for partnering with me to transform the 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!

2016 103

Jump on your career surfboard + ride the wave

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A client + senior executive careerist reminded me today the importance of ‘riding the wave’ of change, of its constancy. We sometimes become weary of change and don obstinacy, like a prized robe. We want to control the journey, dissuading potential obstacles or unplanned paths.

2017 61

Spark Interviews With a Distinctive Resume Voice

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By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter 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.

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My 3 Words for 2015

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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.

2015 116

How to Keep Your Eye on Your Career Destination Prize

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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.

2015 98

Melding Words With Passion + Hopeful Determination in 2016

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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.

2016 81

How To Network Naturally

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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.

How to Overcome Resistance to Social Media + Enhance Your Career

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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.

Deepening Our Roots on the Shores of Lake Texoma

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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.

2014 101

How to Respond Boldly When Shift Happens

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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?

2014 95

Frazzled by All the Resume Advice?

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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.

2013 106

In Your Job Search, Embrace the Struggle!

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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

The Value to Employees in Working From Home

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Working from home is more common than ever, with technology continually disrupting the landscape of how and where we can do our jobs.

Weave Your Resume With Relatable Stories

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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.

2016 63

Your Words: Career Lighthouse Beacons

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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.

2017 40

Career Change: 3 Tips to Get Traction

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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 […].

2015 73

5 Simply Positive Things You Can Do to Get Results During Your Job Search

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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.

2014 91

My 3 Words – 2017

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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

2017 43

Why Rushing Your Job Search Can Derail Results

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Feelings of angst and urgency often define job search, even for employed careerists.

2016 53

3 Resume Missteps to Avoid

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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.”

2015 67

Without Words, Stories Will Wither

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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.

2013 97

Get Over Yourself When Writing Your Resume

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By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter It may seem counterintuitive to take the focus off of YOU when writing a value-packed resume.

2013 104

Sometimes Life Is Good When You Allow It to Be

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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 […].

2015 74

Storytelling Strategy for Winding Career Paths

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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.

Why Legislating Resume Writing Is Wrong

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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?

Resume Story – How to Emote Tenacity

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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.

2015 66

50 Years’ Worth of Lessons

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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

2014 78

When I started focusing on the right things

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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.

2015 61

The Value of Your Why

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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.

2014 70

Pink Tennis Shoes and Resumes

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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.

2013 92

New Grad: Beware of These Resume Assumptions

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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.

2016 51

Transcendent Resume :: Beyond Your Threshold of Pain

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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.

2015 60

Are You Steering Your Career Ship?

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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.

2013 78

Stop Being So Boring + 4 More Things to Quit Doing on Your Resume

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5 Things Not to Do on Your Resume 1. List every task you perform.

2015 59

The Pertinence of More Affectionate, Real Conversations

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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.

2015 60

Flying by the Seat of Your Pants + 5 More Career Pitfalls

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By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter 1. Waiting until you have “time” before you reshape your resume story. A resume needs to be fit, and as you add weeks, months and years of new experience to your career body, your resume becomes overweight and out of shape.

2015 63

A Resume Is Your Passport, So Keep It Current

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By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter Whether you are an experienced professional with many years in the workforce or just out of college, a resume is your passport to new and exciting fields of endeavor and should be regarded for the power it possesses.

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