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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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According to research, the number one reason that workers leave their jobs is because of their bosses.  As the saying goes, “People don’t leave their jobs.  They leave their bosses.”

You may wonder then if there is any way to determine at the job interview if the interviewer (your potential boss) will be someone that you want to work for or run from.  After all, your boss has the potential to make or break you at work.

Here are some early indicators that may let you know during the interview if the potential boss is one you should avoid:

Disrespectful behavior. If the interviewer keeps you waiting and then doesn’t apologize for making you wait when he or she finally comes out to greet you, this is an indication that this potential boss will be disrespectful in other ways. Disrespectful behavior can also include the interviewer checking email while the talking to you or looking bored and watching the clock.

Unrealistic expectations. I had a client who interviewed for a sales position, and I knew from what she shared with me that the interviewer’s expectations for how much she would generate in sales in the first year was totally unrealistic. This client was desperate for a job so she took the position in spite of my warnings. A few weeks later she contacted me for help to get out of a terrible situation. If the interviewer has unrealistic expectations from the interview, you can only expect things to get worse if you take the job.

Focus is on the interviewer. When an interviewer is solely focused on him or herself and not on you as the interviewee, this spells trouble. The interviewer should be carefully assessing you as a candidate to make sure that the person is making a good hiring decision. An interviewer’s overemphasis on him or herself can be an indication of an egomaniac.

Interpersonal dynamics. You should pay close attention to the interpersonal dynamics between your potential boss and other employees in the organization. This is relatively easy to do if you have a panel interview where potential colleagues of yours are interviewing you along with the potential boss. It also makes sense to observe interactions that are casual, such as how the potential boss treats others who are just walking down the hallway. The interviewer may put his or her best foot forward in the interview, but it is probably that the person will slip up when talking to others in the organization.

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