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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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What is preventing you from getting your dream job? Even with good credentials, if you are finding it difficult to get an interview, you may well be making the following mistakes:

1. Not making enough good connections

Knowing the right people can give a much-needed boost to your job search. Professional networking is worth the effort and time, and is usually the difference between winning an important interview and being overlooked for a suitable opening. To know more people in your industry, attend career fairs, job seminars, and sign up with business-oriented social networking sites like LinkedIn.

2. Not sending a customized cover letter

Sending a generic cover letter is as bad, if not worse, than not sending one at all. A generic cover letter works against you, rather than working for you. It shows that you are not prepared to go the extra mile and research the company. You should customize every cover letter according to the job requirements and company’s vision and values.

3. Not being vigilant enough

In today’s competitive job market, companies usually receive over hundreds of applications for a job ad, allowing them to close the position quickly. You may be an ideal candidate for a job, but your application will not generate a response if you are late in sending it. Visit job boards regularly to give yourself ample time to prepare your application and resume before the position is closed.

4. Getting distracted

When perusing job boards, it is necessary that you pay full attention to the task at hand. Job search is a job in and of itself.  Getting distracted while searching for a job can take up crucial time. To locate a job and to reply to it appropriately, ideally requires at least two to three hours of undistracted effort per day. Set daily goals and do not let anything else interfere with the time you set aside for job search.

5. Forgetting to follow up after an interview

You must follow up after every interview by sending a thank you note. Keep your thank you note brief, but make sure that you thank recruiters for their time and tell them how the interview helped you develop a better understanding about the company and its needs and how your experience and skills will help the organization.

The hiring process can sometimes take a substantial amount of time. So, do not feel hesitant about asking your prospective employers about the status of your application if you don’t hear from them in a week or so.

Erik Larson is a master’s level career counselor and an internationally certified as a Career Management Practitioner (CMP) by the Institute for Career Certification International. He was also recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors. You can check out his site at ResumeIndex.com.

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