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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.”

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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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Perhaps you have participated in a job fair, or maybe you have just seen the images on TV.  The lines are long as job seekers wait for a chance to speak to a recruiter about a job.  Most people will tell you that it is unlikely that you will walk out of a job fair with a job.  So is it worth it to go?

As a career coach, I advise clients to look at job fairs as only one piece of the job search puzzle.  The competition is stiff at job fairs, which is why most people who attend them will not walk away with a new job.

However, job fairs can be useful.  After all, you won’t meet a company representative by sitting at home and sending out resumes from your computer.

Here are my tips for using your time best at a job fair:

1) Go to network. Your primary purpose for going to a job fair should not be to walk away with a job, but rather to network. Recruiters at job fairs do not usually hire on the spot. Instead, they take resumes from qualified candidates and they may do a preliminary screening. Given this reality, you should try to make friends with the recruiters and make a good first impression.

2) Go to glean information. You should research employers prior to going to the job fair, but you also want to attend the job fair to find out more about what the organizations that you are interested in are looking for. Be prepared to ask questions about the company’s culture as well as any personal characteristics that are highly desirable in the ideal candidate.

3) Impress employers with your knowledge of the organization. Typically there will be a list of employers who will be attending the job fair. You should review this list prior to the job fair and give some consideration to which employers you want to meet. Research all the information that is publicly available about the company so that you can be well informed when you speak to the recruiters who are representing their companies.

4) Follow up with the recruiter. Make sure you ask for the recruiter’s business card so that you can follow up after the job fair. If you have established a good rapport with the recruiter, the recruiter will be favorably impressed with you. When you contact the recruiter, the person will already know you and will probably be more inclined to refer you for an interview for the position that you are interested in.

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