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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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Although your resume alone won’t land that new position for you, it is a very important piece of the job search process.  After all, your resume is typically the first thing that employers see about you.  In most cases, before the employer meets with you to get a visual, verbal, and nonverbal impression of you, your resume must pass muster with the recruiters.  In a competitive job market, your resume is often your calling card to career success.

Given this reality, you need to know what types of phrases are likely to turn the recruiter off and make that person move on to another candidate.

Here are some words that need to be eliminated from the resume because they can be perceived negatively:

1) Responsible for. This phrase is very passive and does not accurately convey what you did. When you use a phrase like responsible for, it is unclear to the reader if you did the work yourself or if you managed it. It is much better to use strong action words like directed, managed, or led.

2) References available upon request. It is now passé to use this phrase on the resume. It is assumed that you as a job seeker will furnish your references at the time of the interview if you are asked for them.  Since this phrase used to be standard on resumes but is no longer necessary, you can date yourself by using it.

3) Hard-working. This term is so overworked that it has lost its meaning. Just about everyone says that he or she is hard working. When describing yourself on the resume, use terms that are more precise and have more impact (i.e., motivated, accomplished, or award-winning). And make sure that you substantiate your claims in the professional experience section of the resume.

4) Loyal and dependable. The term loyal is also overused. It is not easily substantiated in the experience section on your resume.  And every worker should be dependable, so this word doesn’t add value to the resume either.

5) Exceptional. This is a subjective phrase, and the problem with it is that it sounds too self congratulatory.  You are better served using terms that are more objective in nature that don’t make you sound arrogant.

A professional resume writer can give your resume the wow factor.  Call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com to have your resume professionally written to jumpstart your career today.

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