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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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HOT INDUSTRIES FOR 2011 AND BEYOND

The economic downturn has taken a much greater toll on some industries than others.  Among the worst hit are the auto industry, home construction, state and local government, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, real estate, and newspapers.

But the good news is that there are some industries that have fared pretty well in spite of all the bad news related to the recession.  Healthcare and IT not only weathered the recession pretty well, but both of these industries are projected to do well in the future.

Healthcare

It’s easy to only think of healthcare in terms of direct care providers—physicians, nurses, nursing assistants, radiologists, etc.  However, there are other career opportunities in healthcare that might not immediately come to mind:  IT, sales, recruiting, medical writing, accounting/finance, and human resources.

So if you are thinking about changing industries, you may want to consider one of these fields that your background might be suitable for.  It will be an easier transition if you are using skills that you have demonstrated expertise in rather than trying to go into a new field and a new industry at the same time.

IT

Similar to healthcare, when most people think of IT, they think of careers that are directly related to computers in some way.  But the IT industry needs other types of workers as well:  sales, project managers (you don’t always need a technical background for this type of position), and subject matter experts in the industries that programmers want to create applications for (i.e., banking or retail).

If you’re thinking about changing industries, make sure that you research the new industry first.  Talk to people who are in that industry and network with them to find out what the trends are and how your skill set can best be leveraged. 

For assistance with researching industries and crafting a plan for making a switch, call 877-743-9521 or send an email to cheryl.palmer@calltocareer.com.