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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 higher than normal, you may be faced with a tough decision.  Do you hold out for your ideal job or do you go the practical route and take something less than ideal in exchange for steady income?  Of course in the best of all worlds, you would find your ideal job quickly at the pay that you want, and obviously some people have been able to find that combination.  But for those who do not have time on their side and need to earn an income quickly, it may come down to what they are willing to sacrifice.

The right job

Even though you can often find the right job by willing to be mobile, you may be in a position where you have other commitments that keep you from moving to the other side of the country for your dream job.  If that is the case, you may need to find something that is still in your field even though it is not doing the type of work that ideally you would like to do.

For example, you may need to take a step back in terms of your position and/or pay in order to stay employed.  This is challenging for some people because it is difficult to accept that after paying your dues to get to where you are in your career, you may need to take a step back.  But if you are on the edge of your own fiscal cliff, taking a step back is the smartest thing you can do.

The right company

Obviously it would be great to get the right job at the right company, but it may be to your benefit to find a job with a company that is a great fit for you.  You can then either work your way into another position that is a better fit for you or recommend that the company create a job that meets their needs as well as yours.  After being in the company for a while, you will be in a better position to create your own job because you will know the company from the inside and you will have proved your worth.

The right industry

It may be necessary in some cases to take a not so ideal job in a growing industry just to get your foot in the door.  Many people have had to switch industries because the industries they were in have tightened considerably as a result of the economic downturn.  In such cases, getting into the new industry is the most important thing since many employers are hesitant to hire outsiders.

It usually takes a lot of networking and learning the lingo of the new industry in order to make yourself appealing to employers in a new industry.  However, it makes sense to invest the time and effort to do this because a growing industry will present more opportunity for you going forward.

Depending on your situation, you may or may not be able to land your ideal job immediately.  But you can still work towards it by positioning yourself appropriately in the right company and/or the right industry.

For assistance with your career and/or job search, call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com.

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