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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.”

Darrin Bailey

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Starting a job search can feel overwhelming.  Many job seekers don’t know where to start.  Usually what they do is immediately start searching for vacancies on job boards.  But it really makes the most sense to take a step back first and ensure that you will be successful by implementing best practices.

Here are some things that successful job seekers do first before they starting searching for that next position:

1) Take inventory. What do you have to offer to a potential employer?  Is your skill set marketable?  Knowing what you have to offer ties into knowing what your skills are worth.  Too many people jump into a job search, and because they are desperate, they take the first thing that they are offered without taking the time to find out what their skills are worth in the marketplace.

2) Research your job target. What is the job title that you are targeting?  Are there different variations of that title depending on which company you are applying for?  And what kinds of skills are employers are asking for when they post vacancies for that type of position?  You will be most successful when you demonstrate that you are a great match for what an employer is seeking.

3) Review the past. Are there any lessons learned that you need to apply to your career going forward?  Why are you interested in looking for another job now?  Were you laid off or fired?  Are you bored and in need of a new challenge?  Or are you burned out?  If any of these scenarios apply to you, you may need to do some soul searching to determine what you can do differently in the future to avoid a repeat of the past.

4) Refresh your resume. How long has it been since you updated your resume?  Is there more current information that you need to add?  Is there older information that is no longer relevant that you need to omit?  Since your resume is often the first thing that employers see that represents you, it needs to be compelling.

5) Revitalize your network. Yes.  It is still true.  Most people still get their jobs through networking.  If it has been awhile since you have been in contact with key people in your network, it is a good idea to touch base with them before you have a need.  If you have the luxury of taking your time to find that next position, use that time well and start cultivating your network before you ask them for anything.  That will take the awkwardness out of your networking efforts, and it is likely to yield better results.

To get your job search off to a great start, talk to a certified career coach at 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com.

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