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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.”

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HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT WRITING COVER LETTERS?

The following is a quick quiz to test your knowledge about cover letters. Answer true or false to the different statements and then read the correct answers below.

1) Cover letters are a waste of time. Nobody reads them.

True or False

2) You should apologize for not having all of the requirements listed in the vacancy announcement and then talk about what you have to offer.

True or False

3) You should explain your career goals in the cover letter.

True or False

4) You should postpone disclosing salary information until you are made an offer unless the vacancy announcement states that resumes will not be accepted without it.

True or False

5) All you need is a generic cover letter. You can change the company information as you apply for more positions.

True or False

Here are the correct answers:

1) Cover letters are a waste of time. Nobody reads them.
False. While it is true that many recruiters do not read cover letters, up to half of them do. And hiring managers are likely to read cover letters of the top candidates that have been referred to them.

2) You should apologize for not having all of the requirements listed in the vacancy announcement and then talk about what you have to offer.

False. Don’t talk about what you don’t have. It only draws attention to the negative. Talk about what you do have. If what you have to offer is compelling, you will get past the initial screening. If it isn’t, you won’t.

3) You should explain your career goals in the cover letter.

False. The cover letter is not the place for discussing your career goals. Instead, you should give the employer compelling reasons to call you in for an interview.

4) You should postpone disclosing salary information until you are made an offer unless the vacancy announcement states that resumes will not be accepted without it.

True. There is no need to disclose salary information unnecessarily. It can knock you out of the running before you even get an interview. However, if the vacancy announcement states that resumes will not be accepted without it, you can include it.

5) You should tailor each cover letter to the different positions that you apply for.

True. Recruiters and hiring managers can spot generic cover letters a mile away. What they want to know is that you are interested in the job you applied for, not that you are interested in any job. When you take the time to customize your cover letter for each position, you send the message that you are interested in the specific job that you applied for.

Call to Career specializes in writing cover letters. To learn more about how Call to Career can help you to write a focused and targeted cover letter, please call 877-743-9521.

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