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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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If you are struggling to accurately and concisely convey what you have done professionally for the last 10 or 15 years and condensing it into a maximum of two pages, you are not alone.  It’s not an easy task to come up with a compelling resume that distills your work history and highlights your best accomplishments.

Here are a few tips for crafting a resume that employers will want to read:

Include keywords that a recruiter will search a resume database for.  Since most resumes are scanned into a database, your resume will not be read by a real person unless you have the appropriate keywords on it.  Analyze vacancy announcements to see which words and phrases occur over and over again.  These are the keywords that you want to make sure to include on the resume.

Only give a high level overview of your duties.  One reason that so many resumes are extremely lengthy is that job seekers feel compelled to detail every duty that they had for all of their positions.  In many cases they lift information from their job descriptions and paste it into their resumes with little or no editing.  Think about the most essential elements of your job that are relevant to the position that you are seeking next and condense that information into no more than six or seven lines.

Highlight your accomplishments.  Your accomplishments are what set you apart from other similarly qualified candidates.  And your accomplishments demonstrate to a potential employer what you have done in the past, and that is an indicator of what you will do in the future.   Using the bullet format draws the reader’s attention to this very important information.

Quantify wherever possible.  Make sure to quantify your accomplishments whenever you can so that your accomplishment statements will have greater impact.  You can use percentages to talk about time saved and dollar amounts to talk about the amount of revenue your generated or the amount of money that you saved an organization.

Omit unnecessary information.  You don’t need to include an objective statement if you are staying in the same field, go back more than 10-15 years with your work history, or state that your references are available upon request.  Just tell employers what they need to know about you to make a good hiring decision.  Try to put yourself in the shoes of the employer to determine what you should include and what you should exclude.

*For professional assistance with your resume, call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com.

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