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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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YOU DON’T REALLY WANT THIS JOB!

Have you ever wondered how you can screen out some jobs that are just not worth your time to apply for?  Sometimes the expectations even from the vacancy announcement are so unrealistic that it makes you think you should not bother.

Well, the truth of the matter is that some job openings are not worth the trouble.  Here are some telltale signs that the company is telling you ahead of time, “Don’t take this job!”

The job sounds like it needs five people to fill it. It’s true that many employees have had to take on more work as a result of the economic downturn, but if a company is advertising in the job announcement that you will have to be superhuman to be successful in this position, it’s likely to be even worse if you take the job.

The skills are so specific that the vacancy announcement seems to be written for only one person. If that is the impression that you get, you are probably right.  In some cases the hiring manager will write the vacancy announcement so that only one person can qualify for it.  And that person usually already works for the organization, but for EEO purposes the company has to post the position.

The job announcement heavily emphasizes the word flexibility. The word flexibility can easily be a code word that really means we want to work you to death and pile on many unrelated responsibilities.  Flexibility in and of itself is not a bad thing, but you need to be able to read between the lines to determine what the employer is really saying.

The responsibilities are those of a manager, but the title is for a lower level. Unless you are truly desperate for a job, this is a job to avoid.  You can pretty much expect that you will be underpaid and overworked with no promotion forthcoming.

You’ve seen the same vacancy announcement for the last several months. If a company advertises the same position continuously, that’s a red flag.  In this still-recovering economy a position that stays open for an inordinate amount of time indicates that something is awry.  Either it is a very specialized position which few people qualify for, or the requirements are unrealistic.

The word is out that the turnover is constant. If rumor has it that no one stays at the organization that has openings, chances are excellent that you would not stay either if you were hired.  You can save yourself the trouble of being fired or leaving on your own accord by not applying in the first place.

While it’s true that there is no perfect job, it is also true that some positions are far more imperfect than others.

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