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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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Robin Anthony Toogood had a stellar career in education in the Washington, DC area.  He was a beloved principal until officials discovered that the claims on his resume were not true.  Instead of having a PhD, he was a college dropout.  For 15 years he lived a lie, but that all came to an end after a routine background check.

What is the moral of this story?  Lying on your resume is not smart.  Even if you appear to get away with it for awhile, it is likely that the truth will catch up with you at some point.

Mr. Toogood fell into a common trap.  He falsified his educational background.  Other common lies on resumes include misrepresenting dates to cover gaps in employment, claiming bigger job titles, and claiming sole responsibility for team achievements.

Job seekers often lie out of a feeling of desperation.  They feel that they cannot compete with the education and experience that they actually have, so they feel driven to pretend to have what they do not.

However, a lack of some qualifications does not necessarily mean that you are unemployable.  What it usually does mean though is that you have to be more creative in your job search methods and not rely on your qualifications alone.

Here are some ways that you can address some of the issues that job seekers often life about:

Lack of credentials. If you are looking for a job in a field where a degree is required and you don’t have it, spend the majority of your time networking in your field.  You are more likely to find success if you go through people that you know instead of responding to posted positions where you are probably going to be screened out by the HR department.

Gaps in employment. If you have been unemployed for six months or longer, you need to account for that time.  You can list volunteer work or contract work to show that you have been using your time productively.  And if you were in a situation where you had to take care of a sick family member, you can put that on the resume as well.

Job hopping. You may have had short stints in different companies, and this can give the impression that you have been job hopping.  One way to overcome this obstacle on the resume is to group positions together, especially if you were doing contract or temporary work where you were doing the same type of work but for different employers.

Achievements. Since most organizations put emphasis on teamwork, it is not a negative to state that your achievement was part of a team effort.  There is absolutely no need to embellish this.

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