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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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Even though networking is the best way to land a job or make any other type of career move, still some people get it wrong.  There’s a reason that some people soar with networking while others fall flat.

Review this list to make sure that you are not committing deadly mistakes that could cost you networking success:

1) Only looking for what you can get. Networking, whether it’s in person or online, should be a two-way street.  As you network you should look for ways to be helpful to the people that you are networking with, not simply focus on how others can help you.

2) Not cultivating relationships. Relationships have to be nurtured.  You can’t meet someone today and expect that by tomorrow that person will be bending over backward to help you reach your career goals.  Relationships take time, but they are worth the effort.

3) Not staying in touch. Some people make the mistake of networking furiously when they are job searching and then dropping those networking contacts like hot potatoes once they land a new position.  Since networking contacts can help you throughout the course of your career, you should periodically touch base with your contacts, not because you need anything, but just because you want to maintain those relationships.

4) Not growing your network. To be effective in your networking efforts, you have to move beyond the people that you already know and start branching out to people who may be second and third level contacts.  Make sure to ask for referrals from your first level contacts so that your network is dynamic, not static.

5) Not targeting your networking efforts. With the advent of social networking and sites like LinkedIn, it is easy to rack up a large amount of networking contacts, but if you are not judicious in accumulating networking contacts, you can end up with a huge network of contacts who are not useful to you.  You should focus on contacts who are in your field because these are the people who can help you most when you are ready to make a career move.

6) Over-relying on virtual relationships. Even though connecting with people on social networking sites is highly recommended, it cannot replace in person relationships.   Not only should you foster your in person relationships by going out to lunch with contacts and periodically touching base by phone, but you should also strengthen your virtual relationships by turning them into in person relationships through geographically based meetings, using sites like Twtvite and http://tweetup.meetup.com.

7) Not networking at all. Some people do not network because they feel uncomfortable with it, and in some cases, they feel that they can go it alone.  But especially in a tough economy, networking contacts can make the difference between employment and unemployment.

For professional assistance with fine tuning your networking efforts, call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com to connect with a certified executive career coach.

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