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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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5 Common Job Search Strategies that Are (Mostly) a Waste of Time

If you are a job seeker with limited time, you want to use the most effective and efficient job search methods available.  Unfortunately however, many people are unwittingly sabotaging themselves by spending most or all of their time on job search methods that have a low rate of success.

Here are some job search methods that you shouldn’t spend much time on:

1. Searching job boards.  Searching for positions on job boards is probably the most common job search method, but it is also one of the least effective.  According to a Walls Street Journal article, only 13% of positions are filled through job boards.  So if you have been using job boards exclusively as your job search method, and you haven’t seen much success, now you know why.

2. Posting your resume. In addition to applying to jobs on job boards, many job searchers post their resumes to these job boards, hoping that an employer will see their resumes and contact them. But many job seekers report that the only people they hear from are from insurance companies, and these job seekers have no experience or interest in insurance.

3. Attending job fairs. Although not as popular as job boards, many job seekers spend their time going to job fairs.  But many job seekers have reported to me that when they go to job fairs, the recruiters simply tell them to go to a website to apply.  They could have done that from home.

4. Applying for everything. Sometimes job seekers become desperate and start applying for everything, even jobs that they know they are not qualified for.  This is not a good use of time because employers are looking for candidates who are a good match for the positions that they have open.  You will see better success if you target your efforts.

5. Sending letters to companies with no posted openings. There are companies that claim they will help you with your job search by blasting your resume to thousands of companies.  But this is not a very effective job search method either.  Most recruiters are not going to even glance at unsolicited resumes.

If you want to see real results from your job search, hire a professional.  Call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com to jumpstart your search.