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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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HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CHANGING INDUSTRIES?

At a time when some industries are consolidating and have a need for fewer workers, many job seekers are contemplating changing industries to stay employed.  But as some have found out, changing industries can be easier said than done.

Take this short quiz to find out how much you know about what it takes to switch industries.

1)      The best way to change industries is to submit your resume to a recruiter in the new industry.

2)      Employers will never consider your resume if you don’t have previous industry experience.

3)      There’s no way to know if your industry is shrinking or declining.

4)      The only way to gain industry experience and/or knowledge is through full-time employment.

5)      You will be most successful in changing industries if you research the new industry, learn its lingo, and network with people in the field.

Here are the correct answers:

1)      The best way to change industries is to submit your resume to a recruiter in the new industry.

False.  Recruiters are looking for the best match possible between the requirements of the position and the qualifications of the job applicant.  It is rare that they will pass along a resume of a job seeker who does not have industry-specific experience. 

2)      Employers will never consider your resume if you don’t have previous industry experience.

False.  It is more difficult to get the attention of employers if you do not have previous industry experience, but that does not mean that it is impossible.  (See the answer to number 5 for more information.)

3)      There’s no way to know if your industry is shrinking or declining.

False.   You can find information at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website (www.bls.gov) about your target market.  You will be able to determine if the new industry is growing, declining, or staying flat.

4)      The only way to gain industry experience and/or knowledge is through full-time employment.

False.  You can gain industry experience through volunteer work and part-time work.  Also, you can increase your knowledge of the industry by attending trade association meetings and reading articles related to the field.

5)      You will be most successful in changing industries if you research the new industry, learn its lingo, and network with people in the field.

True.  To ease the transition to a new industry and to gain credibility within that industry, you should invest the time in learning the lingo of the new industry.  Read industry journals and attend industry events.  If you learn the lingo, you will sound like an insider instead of an outsider, and it will be far easier to convince a potential employer that you are the perfect candidate.  And of course if you network with people in the field, you will hear about openings that are unadvertised.

Call to Career specializes in assisting job seekers with changing industries.  To learn more about how Call to Career can help you transition into a new field, please call 877-743-9521.

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