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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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4 REFERENCE MISTAKES THAT CAN COST YOU A JOB OFFER

By the time an interviewer asks for your references, you know that the hiring process is moving in your favor. But even though this is a good sign, it does not mean that the deal is done yet. You may have done a stellar job on the interview, but you also need to make sure that your references do a stellar job as well.

Here are some tips to make sure that things proceed smoothly as far as your references are concerned:

1) You should never ask someone to be your reference if you are not sure what they will say about you. Employers usually check your references as a last step before they make you an offer. You can’t afford to be in a position where you have to guess what your references will say. You should know that they will speak glowingly of you.

2) If you don’t list different ways that your references can be contacted, it could cost you the job. It is standard to list phone numbers on your references sheet, but it can also be useful to list email addresses and even Skype usernames if your references are outside the country. Giving employers different ways to contact your references can speed up the process, and it can eliminate frustration on the employer’s part.

3) If your references are not prepared appropriately, they are not in the best position to be a champion for you. If it has been a couple of years since you worked with the people who serve as your references, you may need to update them on what you have been doing as well as what your job target now is. A recent copy of your resume can fill in the gaps for your references, and vacancy announcements that are representative of the type of position that you are seeking can give your references more specific information about what aspects of your background they should highlight when talking with employers about you.

4) Notify your references after you have had an interview where the employer asked for your references. It is always helpful when your references have a heads-up, and they are expecting an employer’s call. If they don’t know that an employer will be calling, they can be caught off guard.

*Landing new employment has become trickier these days. For help with every aspect of the job search process, talk to a career expert at 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com.