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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.”

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A new year denotes a new beginning.  You may have thought of starting a new career with a new company.  But maybe you have fallen into the trap of making excuses for not doing it.

Some of these may sound familiar:

Excuse #1:  There are no jobs.

Even in a bad economy there are still jobs, and employers are still hiring.  You may have to get creative as a job seeker though in order to compensate for the fact that there are fewer jobs now and there is more competition.  If you are willing to be flexible about the type of job that you take as well as the geographic location of the job, you can land a new position.

Excuse #2: I’m overqualified and no one wants to hire me.

If you think that the interviewer may perceive you as overqualified, talk about how the job is a good fit.  You might want to show how your values are in alignment with the company’s value statement or speak enthusiastically about a new initiative that you know the company is involved in that you are looking forward to participating in.  Doing your research prior to the interview will help you identify information about the company that you can weave into your answers to persuade the interviewer that you are right for the job.

Excuse #3:  I don’t have time to look for a job.

Like anything else, people make time for what is most important to them.   If you really need and want a change, you will rearrange your schedule to put the necessary time into your job search.  It may mean temporarily cutting out some things or limiting your participation in some activities, but if you are motivated enough, you will make it happen.

Excuse #4:  I don’t have any contacts.

Everyone has people in their networks, but not everyone looks at the people they know as contacts.  Everyone you come in contact with is part of your network—your neighbors, friends, relatives, church members, hairdresser or barber—the list is endless.   The reason that many people believe they don’t have contacts is that they separate the people they know into different categories—professional contacts vs. personal friends.  But you should keep in mind that anyone can be a potential referral to you, so don’t overlook people close to you.

Excuse #5:  I’ll face age discrimination.

There are some steps that you can take to limit the possibility of age discrimination.  For one thing, you should only go back 10-15 years with your work history.  Going back 20 or 30 years with your work history is unnecessary and potentially exposes you to age discrimination.  And don’t list graduation dates if you graduated more than 10 years ago.  Also, think about targeting companies that are actively recruiting older workers. Such employers do exist.  AARP routinely puts out a list of best places to work for older workers. It only makes sense to apply at organizations where you know you will have the best chance of success.

As you can see, it’s up to you whether or not you will allow these excuses to stand in the way of your progress or if you will take the advice given here and move forward.  This year can be the year of your new beginning.

To jump start your job search and have a new beginning, call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com to get in touch with a job search expert.

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