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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.”

Susanne Ebling

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.

Dave Becker

“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.”

Darrin Bailey

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You were doing so well.  You made it as an entrepreneur, building your business from the ground up.  You wrote and executed your business plan, hired employees, and created a profitable business.  And then the recession hit.  Even giant businesses that had been around for decades fell victim to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

And now you have made a painful yet necessary decision.  You tried to ride out the bad times, but now you need to go back to the corporate world that you left.  After being your own boss, you now need to go back to working for someone else.

Here are some issues that you need to consider as you prepare to conduct a job search.

1)      Even if your business ultimately did not work out, be sure to mention accomplishments for your stint of unemployment on your resume.  If you were able to grow the business by a certain percentage over a few years or if you landed Fortune 100 companies as clients, this should be on your resume.  Employers are looking for results, and your resume needs to demonstrate results.

2)      Deal with your emotions about having to transition back to the corporate world.  It can be very difficult to see your dream of being your own boss die.  If you do not deal with your emotions regarding this issue, you could unwittingly sabotage yourself in the interview process by not coming across as interested and enthusiastic about the position that you are interviewing for.

3)      Be prepared to discuss what happened.  Savvy interviewers will ask you why you are leaving the world of self employment to go back to a regular job.  You need to be able to give a truthful answer that does not hurt your chances of getting the job. 

You could say that things didn’t work out for you in your business because of the recession, but that would give employers the impression that you will go back to self employment as soon as the economy turns around.  It’s better to give truthful reasons for returning to the corporate world that will sound reassuring to a hiring manager.  For example, one IT manager who had left the corporate world to start a business in another field stated that he missed IT.  It was exciting for him to be on the cutting edge of a field that impacts the lives of everyone.  This explanation gave a very positive reason for wanting to return to the fold.  It also reiterated his interest in the field in which he had spent most of his career.

4)       Think about how your entrepreneurial experience can be an asset to the next company that you work for.  As an entrepreneur you have real world experience as it relates to what it takes to be successful in business.  This experience is much more valuable than simply learning information about business in an academic environment.    You may want to consider working for a start-up company that is well-funded or perhaps a large corporation that is starting up a new division.  These are the types of positions where your entrepreneurial experience would be most valuable.

A certified executive career coach can help you make the transition back into the job market.  Call today–877-743-9521!

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