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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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Job searching can be hard work.  And if you don’t know where to look, you could find the process much more frustrating than it needs to be.  Sometimes being a little unconventional in your job search can pay off.

Here are some unlikely people in places you might not expect who can assist with a job search:

A professional association. When embarking upon a job search, many job seekers may not think about members of a professional association as being helpful, but professional associations are filled with people in your field who work in different organizations. Such individuals are in the best position to hear about openings in their companies, and if you have a good relationship with them, they will refer you to openings that you might not otherwise hear about.

Hairdresser or barber. A hairdresser or barber may seem to be an unlikely networking contact, but these are the people who come in contact with individuals from different walks of life every day. And they usually have good relationships with their clientele and know what they do for a living. So if you are looking for a job, let your hairdresser or barber know what you are looking for and ask that person to keep and eye and ear out for you.

Neighbors. Your neighbors might not immediately come to mind when you are thinking of your job search, but it is likely that your neighbors share your same socioeconomic status and are thus likely to hear of jobs in your field.  The neighborhood barbecue can be more than just a place to socialize and to get to know your neighbors.  It can also be a venue for networking to find your next job.

Homeowners association. This is a natural next step after you have started networking with your neighbors.   By becoming involved in the homeowners association, you can demonstrate your administrative and leadership skills.  This then gives you the perfect platform to do networking since you can convince the other homeowners that you are a sharp person, and that gives you credibility when you ask them if they know of openings in your field.

House of worship. If you belong to a house of worship, you will find that there are often community-based activities that occur outside of the worship service that you can become involved in.  Whether it is feeding the homeless or mentoring youth, becoming involved in these activities can give you a natural way to connect with people who may be able to help you with your job search.

Your own company. This may seem to be a strange place to find a new job.  However, some people do not adequately research the opportunities that may be available within other departments within their own organizations before they decide that they need to jump ship.  By joining interdepartmental committees and even engaging in cross training in other areas, you may find that your next job is waiting for you in the company where you already work.

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