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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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YOU CAN BE DIANA NYAD TOO!

Diana Nyad’s historic swim from Cuba to Florida drew international attention.  It took five tries, but she finally reached her goal, her lifelong dream, to swim the 100 miles through jellyfish and shark-infested waters.  At age 64 she accomplished what others much younger had not.

Swarmed by reporters, she was asked repeatedly what lessons she wanted to share with others.  Her responses were very relevant to other areas of life that have nothing to do with endurance swimming.  What did she learn?  What is her supremely applicable advice that relates even to those who are trying to navigate a career through rough waters?

1)      Find a way. In media interviews Diana reported that she kept repeating to herself over and over again, “Find a way.”  She was determined that there was a way to reach her goal, and she was willing to do whatever it took to find a way to accomplish it.

2)      Build a team to surround you. Diana emphasized that she did not undertake this feat by herself.  She had people in a boat beside her while she was swimming.  There were people in the water going before her to clear jellyfish out of her way since it was the jellyfish that ended her last attempt at swimming from Cuba to Florida.  And she had many more people cheering her on.

3)      Identify the obstacles and create a plan to overcome them. It is instructive to review how Diana succeeded this time where she had failed before.  She took a good hard look at what had ended her previous attempts and created a plan for overcoming the obstacles.  For example, knowing that the jellyfish stings had proved too much for her before, she had a specialist make a prosthetic mask for her that the jellyfish could not penetrate.  So instead of continuing to repeat her mistakes, she learned from them.

4)      You aren’t too old. All the naysayers believed that Diana could not possibly achieve her lifelong dream at the age of 64.  But she proved them all wrong.  Her determination, skill, and review of her previous mistakes gave her the thrill of victory.

5)      Push through the pain. Diana candidly explained in her TV interviews that the pain seemed unbearable at times. The prosthetic mask caused deep lacerations in her mouth, and the pain was excruciating.  But she sang songs in her head to distract herself and kept focused on her goal.

6)      Watch your self talk. Diana refused to think negative thoughts.  She refused to say to herself, “I can’t do this.”  Instead she focused on positive things, even when negative things happened.

So how can you become a Diana Nyad?  Take her lessons to heart.  Find a way to achieve your goals.  Build a team to surround you that will cheer you on through the hard times.  Review your past mistakes and create a plan to be successful the next time.  Don’t fall for the trap of thinking that you can’t find a job because of your age.  Diana at age 64 should not have been able to swim that distance for 53 hours, but she did.  (Your challenge, I dare say, is less formidable than hers.)  Push through the pain.  The pain may not be physical; it may be emotional.  But don’t give in to it.  And lastly, don’t focus on the negative.  Speak positively to yourself to stay motivated.

Do you need a team to surround you and help you reach your career goals?  Call 877-743-9521 today to speak to a certified professional career coach to help you accomplish great things.

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