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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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With unemployment still at a record high, it’s helpful to know what you need to do to land that next position.  Whether you are recently unemployed or have been searching for awhile, you should know what steps to take so that you don’t find yourself spinning your wheels in terms of your job search.

Here are seven simple steps to finding a job even in the midst of a competitive job market:

1)      Map out a realistic job search plan.  No doubt you have heard the old adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  Don’t fail at your job search.  Identify the different job search methods that you will use and schedule your job search activities on a daily basis so that you will stay on task.

2)      Talk to real people.  Simply applying for jobs online is an easy trap to fall into.  But networking has been proven to be the most effective job search method.  Go to networking meetings and professional association meetings.  Meet people and let them get to know you and what you have to offer.

3)      Have your resume professionally written.  In today’s highly competitive job market, it is worth it to have your resume professionally written.  Choose a certified professional resume writer with good references so that you can present yourself effectively on paper to potential employers.

4)      Polish your interview skills.  If you have not had an interview since before the recession began, it is to your advantage to practice interviewing before you go to a real interview where the stakes are high.  You can practice with a friend or with a career professional.  Make sure to review commonly asked questions as well as questions that are specific to your field of expertise.

5)      Know what you’re worth.  Do your salary research.  Salary.com and Payscale.com are good places to start.  Also, make sure to check salary surveys done by professional associations. You can find out which associations are linked to your field by checking out the association search engine at the American Society for Association Executives’ website  (http://www.asaecenter.org/Directories/AssociationSearch.cfm).

6)      Create a top-notch LinkedIn profile.  As you network on LinkedIn, other LinkedIn members will automatically go to your profile before they connect with you.  Hiring managers and recruiters will be reviewing your profile to see if you have the skills that they are looking for.  Since your profile is such a vital piece of the job search puzzle, your profile needs to represent you well.

7)      Replenish your energy.  Even though you definitely need to spend time on your job search, you also need to have fun.  Reward yourself by doing things that you enjoy.  Perhaps you like to go hiking or go on a picnic.  Including recreational activities in your routine can help to revitalize you so that you can keep working at your job search.

To speak with a career coach about how you can land a job more quickly, call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com.

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