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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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Given the fact that there are roughly three job seekers for every opening, you are doing well to make it to the interview stage in your job search.  But of course you still need to ace the interview before you will be offered the position.

Here are a few of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make in the interview:

1) Disrespect the receptionist. It is easy for job seekers to ignore the fact that they are being evaluated even in the waiting area. Most people would never think of the receptionist being an interviewer, but it’s true. It’s fairly common that the receptionist will report back to the hiring manager how candidates behaved in the waiting area. Don’t be remembered as the one who ate all the candy out of the candy dish or spoke disrespectfully to the receptionist.

2) Forget to turn off your cell phone. Another faux pas for some job seekers is that they forget to turn off their cell phones before the interview. Having your phone ring during an interview can disrupt the interview and make you look unprofessional, especially if you have a loud ring tone that the interviewer may not appreciate.

3) Not researching the company thoroughly. A very commonly asked interview question is, “What do you know about our company?” Job seekers who have not done their homework are unprepared to answer this question. Hiring managers want to know that interviewees are interested in their open positions, not simply that the interviewees want a job, any job. Doing your research on a company can pay off when you are able to speak knowledgeably about the company and how you can best contribute to that organization.

4) Not being able to answer commonly asked questions. There is a tremendous amount of information on the Internet about questions that employers frequently ask. A job seeker can easily find out what these questions are along with coaching points on how to best answer them. There is no excuse for an interviewee not being able to answer questions like, “How would your co-workers describe you?” or “What are your weaknesses?”

5) Being unaware of body language. Some job seekers unwittingly sabotage their interviews by not paying attention to how they come across. For example, some interviewees look down at the floor when they are answering questions or have a nervous twitch that is distracting.

6) Asking about salary. It is premature to ask about salary at the time of the interview. Job seekers can give the wrong impression to interviewers when they bring up the issue of salary. Of course job seekers should do their homework at find out what the going rate is for the type of work that they do, but it is not considered appropriate for job seekers to ask what the job pays during the interview.

For individualized assistance with preparing for an upcoming interview, talk to a certified career coach at 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com.