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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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You don’t know what happened.  You saw a position that you really wanted, and you labored carefully over your application package.  You made sure that your resume and cover letter were error-free.  And yet, you received a thanks but no thanks letter.  The form letter simply thanked you for applying but then stated that they chose someone else.

Here are some reasons that even a great application may be rejected:

1) You don’t have enough experience for the level for which you are applying. You can write a great resume and cover letter, but if you don’t have the depth of experience in a field that an employer is looking for, you still may not make the cut.  The solution to this is to obtain as much experience as you can in your field, even if it means obtaining that experience outside of your paid job.  You can often gain volunteer experience in a field through a site like volunteermatch.org.  This will give more meat to your resume.

2) You are qualified but not highly qualified. Many employers are looking for a 100% match when they are considering who to bring in for an interview.  You might have 85% of what an employer is looking for, but if they find two or three other candidates who have 95% or even 100%, that can knock you out of the running.  If you don’t want to waste your time applying for positions that you won’t be considered for, do your research first.  Get a good idea of the skill set that most employers in your field are asking for by analyzing a number of vacancy announcements.  Invest in yourself and make sure that your skills make you not just employable but competitive in your field, and then apply for positions where you are a great fit for the position that is available.

3) The vacancy announcement is a formality. It often happens that companies already have an insider (someone already working for the company) who they plan to fill the position with.  They post the vacancy even though it is a foregone conclusion who the successful candidate will be.  The reason they post the position is that they want to fulfill EEO requirements.  There is not much you can do in this case.  If the company already knows who they plan to hire, it’s not likely that you will be able to change their minds.  But what you can do is increase your networking efforts so that you can get the inside scoop on vacancies before they are posted.

For professional assistance with getting your resume past the company gatekeepers, talk to a certified career coach at 877-743-9521.

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