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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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Is there ever a good reason to turn down a job?  Some people have learned the hard way that not every job is worth taking.  Just as companies soon find out that not every candidate is a good hire, job seekers also find out that not every offer is a good offer.

Here are some strong reasons to refuse a job offer:

The compensation package is below par. If an organization is not willing to pay the going rate for someone with your level of experience and educational background, you should be prepared to walk away. If they won’t pay you fairly when they hire you, they won’t treat you fairly on the job either.

You know from the interview that working with the boss is going to be awful. Most employers put their best foot forward in the interview. So if you find that you can already tell that the boss is going to be a challenge to work with, you may need to turn down that job offer. As is popularly stated, most people don’t leave their jobs; they leave their bosses. Taking a job with a bad boss could easily mean that you will be looking for another job again soon.

The organization is a bad fit. Initially you might be so excited by the job offer that you don’t consider this factor, but if the organization is a bad fit for who you are and what you stand for, you will always be uncomfortable there. The worst case scenario is if the company thinks you are such a bad fit that they end up firing you. Since this is a very real possibility, it is best to avoid a bad fit in the first place.

The position is a bad match for your career goals. If the position does not align with your career aspirations, you might consider refusing the offer. Taking a job out of your field can cost you because employers are always looking for people with current skills. So unless you are in a situation where you have to take a job, any job, because you need to live, it’s best to stay away from jobs that are a bad career match.

To confidently turn down an offer, you must be secure in your abilities and believe that there is a better fit out there for you.  Make sure that your skills are current and that you have a solid work history so that you will be in the best position to receive the best offer.

For assistance with navigating the new job search landscape and finding a job that is a good fit for you, talk to a certified career coach at 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com.

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