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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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5 Biggest Mistakes Job Seekers Make

Making a mistake when it comes to your job search can be costly.  But often job seekers are making mistakes, and they are unaware of what they are doing.  Here is a list of the five biggest mistakes that job seekers often make:

Mistake #1:  Not staying abreast of the job market. It’s a good idea to read the pulse of the job market periodically so that you know what is going on.  As an executive career coach I advise my clients to read vacancy announcements when they are already employed so that they will know what employers are looking for.  No one can afford to stagnate in terms of their skill set.  What could be worse than being suddenly laid off only to find that your skill set is obsolete?

Mistake #2:  Not keeping a record of accomplishments as you go from position to position. It is a best practice to maintain a personal file outside of your office where you store information about your accomplishments.  You are not likely to remember in detail what you did in a job that you held 8 or 10 years ago.   You will need this information to write a strong and effective resume.  Instead of relying on your memory, keep a record of your accomplishments.  But don’t store it on the computer at work.

Mistake #3:  Over-relying on one method of job search. Many job hunters make the mistake of searching for jobs online as their only job search method.  But job boards are quickly becoming passé, and many recruiters are turning to social media to find qualified candidates.  Executives need to be fluent in social media in order to be found by recruiters who are looking for candidates with their skill sets.

Mistake #4:  Having no job search plan. Most job seekers do not strategically plan for their job searches.  A scatter gun approach to the job search process does not yield very good results.  Mapping out how you are going to approach your job search in a systematic way will clarify for you how you are going to achieve your goals.

Mistake #5:  Not monitoring your online reputation. Executive recruiters regularly search the Internet for additional information on candidates. “In a(n) . . . ExecuNet survey about reputation management and Internet presence, 86 percent of executive recruiters say they routinely scour online sources for information that goes beyond a candidate’s résumé. Nearly 7-in-10 search firm consultants say that executive job candidates’ prospects improve when positive information is found online.” (Executive Job Market Intelligence Report from ExecuNet)

For assistance with creating a job search plan and launching an effective job search, speak to a certified career coach at 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com.

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