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Working with Cheryl last year was one of the best experiences in a long time of pursuing my professional development. She was able to help me define my visions, focus my efforts, and guide me towards an efficient and successful job search. Even though she has not worked in my field, she provided me with plenty of tailored resources and taught me how to use social media tools for professional networking and growth. Even after finding a new job I continue to work with her on my career development goals, because she thinks out of the box and gives advice that consistently brings me closer to the 5-year goal that she helped me formulate. Cheryl always appears to be one step ahead of your thought process and is extremely talented at asking the necessary questions so you can reach your own conclusions as to what seems best for you. She is motivating, supportive, optimistic yet realistic, and one of the most positive forces you can have on your side while trying to reach the next goal.”

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Cheryl has been a pleasure to work with and she gets results. I found a new position, in a tough economic environment, through LinkedIn using the strategies that Cheryl taught me. I was in the job market actively looking for over six months. I was not using social media before the pilot program with Cheryl and was having very limited success. Once I started using social media based under Cheryl's direction, my success rate improved dramatically and the number of interviews increased resulting in multiple job offers. I highly recommend Cheryl as a career coach.

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“I had been struggling with the umptenth rewrite of my resume for weeks, unable to get it to speak out for me. Then a mutual friend recommended Cheryl. I didn't call her right away since I stubbornly insisted to myself that I could do it without help. Finally, I realized that I needed a new set of eyes and some new thinking. Cheryl's response knocked me over. In a few short days I had a powerful resume that is exactly what I was looking for as well as a cover letter that I can easily customize. Cheryl delivers!

Richard Floyd

Cheryl wrote my resume, and after weeks of sending out my old resume and getting no phone calls, as soon as I got the first draft I sent it to a few job listings and was 5 for 6 in return phone calls- yes 5 for 6!!!..after no responses in the first 2 weeks; Cheryl's work made that much of a difference!! I know anyone looking to move on from where they are working and needs that GREAT resume should contact Cheryl immediately.”

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Many job seekers are well aware of the fact that most positions are filled through networking. But many job seekers have also faced the uncomfortable situation of having to revive or even create a network while hunting for a new job because they did not keep their networks active while they were employed. Because they did not keep up with people that they knew when they didn’t need anything, it is that much harder to reconnect with people when they do need something—namely a job.

Here are 10 tips for keeping your network alive and well throughout your work life, not just when you are looking for that next position. Once you are employed, use these secrets to maintain your network and even expand it.

1. Once you have a landed a new job, be sure to let everyone in your network know about your new position. You can do this by phone or email. And be sure to give them your contact information so that you can stay in touch.

2. Stay in contact with people in your network when you don’t need anything. Periodically send them a professional article that would be of interest to them. Send them an e-card for the holidays. These are nice ways of just maintaining the relationship.

3. Call or email your professional contacts to bounce ideas off them. People love to have you ask them their opinion. It’s a way of staying in touch and at the same time having a sounding board.

4. Create a tickler file on your calendar (you might want to use Microsoft Outlook) to remind you to contact people in your network on a quarterly basis. If you don’t schedule it, you’re unlikely to do it, and your time will be taken up doing other things.

5. Attend professional association meetings and get involved. Most professional associations are begging for people to hold offices within the organization. You will increase your visibility in the field if you not only attend the meetings but also participate actively in the running of the organization.

6. Stay in touch with colleagues from previous organizations. These colleagues can be a good source of referral for potential job openings in the future. And you may also be in a position to refer these colleagues to openings at your organization. Bosses usually ask good workers if they know of anyone they would refer when they are looking for new workers. Staying in touch can be mutually beneficial.

7. Start a Yahoo group for former co-workers for the professional advancement of all who are interested. This is a great way of staying in touch with people who know you professionally. This gives you a network of professionals outside of the organization that you currently work for. You can exchange links to professional articles, ask for advice from the group, and keep each other abreast of what is happening with the group members professionally.

8. Look for opportunities to write or speak on topics that you know very well. This increases your visibility in your field of expertise, and it increases the chances that people will seek you out because you are knowledgeable. This will enlarge your network.

9. Create a profile on a professional online networking group like LinkedIn.com. Also, make sure to connect with other people that you know on LinkedIn. You can also join groups on LinkedIn that are clustered around a topic of interest to the group members (i.e., recruitment, entrepreneurship, and alumni of different institutions).

10. You can always do lunch. Even though the Internet has become a great way to communicate with people, nothing can compare with face-to-face contact. Schedule time to go to lunch with people in your network periodically to get face time with them. This will really personalize your contacts with people in your network.


*Feel free to follow me on Twitter @cherylepalmer and connect with me on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylpalmer.

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