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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, not everyone knows enough about actually engaging in networking to be effective.

Here is a quick quiz to test your knowledge about networking.  Answer true or false to the different statements and then read the correct answers below.

Take this short quiz to test your knowledge of networking in 2013:

1)      You have to have a lot of time on your hands to do networking.

2)      The best way to measure your networking efforts is by the number of job leads that you get.

3)      A large number of networking contacts shows you are the best networker.

4)      You should try to turn your virtual relationships into in-person networking relationships as well.

5)      It’s a good idea to network with former colleagues.

Here are the correct answers:

1) You have to have a lot of time on your hands to do networking.

False.  You can make your networking efforts manageable without it consuming a tremendous amount of time.  For example, you can schedule just 15 minutes a week to send a note to all your professional contacts.  You can just send them a link to an article that would be of interest to them on LinkedIn or Twitter.  This is a way of staying in touch without it being a burden on you in terms of time, and it still keeps you on their radar.

2) The best way to measure your networking efforts is by the number of job leads that you get.

False.  Networking is not just about job leads.  It is about building quality relationships over time.  And it should be a two-way street.  You should not just get, but also give.  If you think that networking is just about getting job leads, you may burn your network out instead of investing in people who know and like you.

3)      A large number of networking contacts shows you are the best networker.

False.  You can rack up a large number of contacts, especially on social media sites like LinkedIn and by going to professional association meetings, but the best networker is the person who builds the best relationships.  A list of contacts who you know superficially will not necessarily help you when you need it.

4) You should try to turn your virtual relationships into  in-person networking relationships as well.

True. You will deepen the relationship by meeting people in person whenever possible.  There is a bonding that takes place when you meet someone face to face that cannot be duplicated by online relationships.

5) It’s a good idea to network with former colleagues.

True.  Former colleagues know the quality of your work, so they are able to be advocates for you when it comes to helping you with your career goals.  Also, they can keep an ear out for you if something comes available that they know you are suited for.

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