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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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Have you ever wondered how to make yourself more appealing to employers?  After all, the job market is still not back to pre-recession levels, and competition for most jobs is stiff.  How can you distinguish yourself from so many qualified candidates?   Why would employers give you a second look when they have their pick of potential hires?

Here are some ways that you can set yourself apart and give employers a reason to take your candidacy seriously:

1) Obtain certifications.  It is a good idea to periodically check vacancy announcements to identify what types of certifications employers are asking for so that you can stay ahead of the game. Staying abreast of what is current in your field positions you well as a valuable employee, and it also makes you marketable just in case your job is eliminated. One way to stand out to employers is by completing certifications from SJU Online.

2) Secure specialized experience. Sometimes you can increase your employability within your field by gaining specialized experience that not everyone else has.  In some instances going into a specialty area can be more lucrative as well.

3) Create a dynamic online presence. According to ExecuNet, 86% of recruiters now scour online sources for additional information on candidates.  Positive online information about you will improve your job prospects since that is what recruiters will be looking for to determine who they call for an interview.  Social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook rank high on the search engines, so make sure that you represent yourself well on these sites.

4) Raise your visibility in your field. By being published in professional journals and mainstream media as well as speaking at annual conventions, you can raise your visibility in your field while at the same time increasing your job prospects.  The fact that you have distinguished yourself as an expert in your field as evidenced by your publications and public speaking gives you an edge over other candidates who do not have such credentials.

5) Cross train. In an era of cutbacks you make yourself more valuable if you are flexible and can do more than one job. If your company does not formally cross train its employees, volunteer to be cross trained.  Those extra skills can make you more valuable to your next employer.

If you can take advantage of a tuition reimbursement program on the job, do so.  If that is not available, you can still invest in yourself.  Read want ads to find out what skills or qualifications are mentioned as being preferred.  Then take the required steps to obtain these skills and qualifications to keep yourself employable.

For personalized assistance with increasing your career opportunities, call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com.

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