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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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DON’T THINK YOU NEED A RESUME? THINK AGAIN!

As a Certified Professional Resume Writer, I hear it all the time.  Some super loyal worker is now scrambling to put a resume together after not needing one for 10, 15, or 20 years.  This person was very stable and dedicated to the employer, but alas, the employer was not dedicated to the worker.  And so there comes a parting of the ways, and now this loyal, unemployed worker is struggling with searching for a job in an entirely new job search landscape.  The resume that used to work in days gone by is now totally passé, and the person who never needed a resume before now doesn’t know how to write one for today’s economy.

If you are feeling pretty secure in your job and with your employer and feel that you don’t need a resume, think again!

Here are some compelling reasons to keep your resume up to date no matter how solid your future at your current employer may seem:

Every job is temporary. No matter how much you like your employer and your job, ultimately it is the employer who makes the decision as to whether or not you stay.  Downsizings, layoffs, and mergers are the norm these days, and if you haven’t been affected yet, that doesn’t mean you won’t be.  Having an updated resume that is ready to go in case of an emergency is your best insurance against unemployment.

At some point you are likely to plateau where you are. Even if you are satisfied with your career at this point, it is very possible that you will want a new challenge at some point.  And you may easily find yourself in a situation where there is nowhere else to go within the organization.  In many cases this is because the people who have the jobs that might be a good next step for your career are not going anywhere any time soon.  To make that move up and out of the organization, you will need a new resume.

No one is irreplaceable. You may be great at what you do, and you may receive many kudos from your employer, but at the end of the day they can always hire someone else to do your job.  I have talked to executives who were laid off after they had finished their most successful year with their companies.  This happens sometimes because a new boss comes in and wants his or her own team.  Your replacement may not be as good as you are, but for a boss that wants his or her own team of cheerleaders, that doesn’t matter.

Even internal candidates need resumes. Even if your organization is in growth mode and there are internal openings that you can apply for, it’s still best to have a resume.  You may be competing against internal as well as external candidates, so you need a document that will present you well for that next position.

In conclusion, your best defense is a good offense.  Expect the unexpected, and have your updated resume at the ready.

*To speak to a certified professional resume writer about having your new resume ready at a moment’s notice, schedule a complimentary 15-minute session at https://www.timetrade.com/book/N3C3Q.

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