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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.”

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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.

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“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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When is enough enough?  At what point do you say goodbye to your employer and find another position?  If you have been overworked and underpaid because your company can afford to treat you that way in a bad economy, you may be asking yourself these questions.

Here are five reasons for thinking about searching for greener pastures:

1)      When your health is being negatively impacted. Some people might be surprised to learn that most heart attacks occur on Monday mornings when people are getting ready to go to work.  (See this CNN article:  http://bit.ly/zlWMlJ.)  Clearly, your work environment can have a direct impact on your physical health.

2)      When you are emotionally at the end of your rope. It certainly is preferable to leave your employer before you get to the end of your endurance.  If you find that you are getting to your breaking point, you should start looking for options to make your life at the organization more bearable.  But if you realize that the toll on your emotional health is too high, it’s time to make a change.

3)      When you have exhausted all options to make the job more tolerable. Even though the unemployment rate has ticked downward for the last couple of months, it is still not back at pre-recession levels.  With competition still being stiff for jobs, you need to evaluate your options carefully before deciding to move on.  You might consider putting out feelers in your current organization to see if you might be able to transfer to another department or possibly even another geographic location to stay with the same employer.  If after having assessed all options within your organization you come to the conclusion that you need to look elsewhere, keep your job search a secret by using only your personal cell phone and your personal email on your own personal computer to find new employment.  It’s also a good idea to quietly collect any information that might be useful to you for your resume (i.e., quantification of your accomplishments) while you are still at work since you may not have access to it once you leave.

4)      When you have enough of a financial cushion to do so.  If you have not yet lined up another position but you realize that you cannot stay where you are and you have enough money in the bank to tide you over until you find that next job, you may want to tell your current employer goodbye.

5)      When the cost of staying overcomes the cost of leaving. If after having read all of the reasons above for considering quitting your job you determine that you fall into a number of those categories, then the cost of staying may be higher than the cost of leaving.  Of course it’s always best to leave when you have another job in hand, so if you can stay a little longer to find another job while you are still working, that is the best option.  Just make sure that you look before you leap so that you do not end up in another bad situation.

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