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What People Are Saying

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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NETWORKING? DON’T BE SHY!

Networking at get-togethers and professional association meetings is typically the playground of extroverts.  Extroverts love meeting new people, so going to such events is something to anticipate.  It’s a different story for introverts though.  It’s not that introverts don’t like meeting new people.  It’s just that they would prefer to meet them one at a time instead of all at once as is common in a group setting.

If you fall into the introverted category, or if someone close to you does, here are some tips for not just surviving networking events, but thriving and making meaningful contacts that can help you in your career.

1) Have a plan. Since going to a networking event doesn’t come naturally for most introverts, think through carefully what your goals are for attending and what you will do when you arrive. For example, you might set a goal for yourself to connect with four people during the event. Your objective is to find people in your field who can refer you to other people in your profession who are thought leaders. Once you have identified your goals, you can then think of the best way to approach people to solicit their help. And of course in the spirit of networking, you need to be ready to help others as well.

2) Attend networking events with a friend. Asking someone else to attend an event with you can help you overcome your nervousness once you arrive. The two of you can support each other as you both try to advance your career goals. This can make it easier to mix and mingle

3) Be approachable. Smile and look pleasant. If you want to make the most of your networking experience, you need to practice appearing approachable. A smile and a pleasant look will attract people to you. If you look ill at ease, people will be less likely to strike up a conversation with you.

4) Come with a list of questions. Introverts typically prefer to listen than to talk. Use this to your advantage. By developing questions that will be conversation starters prior to going to a networking event, you will avoid the awkwardness of gaps in the conversation. If the event that you are attending is a professional association meeting, you might ask another attendee, “How long have you been a member of this association?” Or you could ask, “How long have you been in this field?” These types of questions open the door to you learning more about the person, and it takes the pressure off you as an introvert to feel as though you must do all the talking.

5) Get involved. Join a committee so that you get to know people naturally. This will also raise your visibility. Most professional associations are begging for people to become committee members. By volunteering for this role, you will meet movers and shakers in the organization. As you share ideas in meetings, you will be able to present yourself as a knowledgeable professional and start to build relationship with the other committee members This is a natural fit for introverts because introverts prefer to show rather than tell.