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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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Are you stuck in a rut?  If you are uncomfortably comfortable in your job and organization, you need to do something different in order to get different results.

Here are some practical ways that you can get out of that rut:

1)      Expand Your Role. If your job feels humdrum and you feel like you could do it with your eyes closed, but it’s not feasible for you to look for greener pastures at this time, you might consider mentoring someone who is less experienced in the field to pass along what you have learned over the years. You might also look at taking on collateral duties, such as chairing a committee.

2)      Invest in Yourself. Keep your skills up to date in your current position and let your boss know about any new certifications or licenses that you have obtained.  Staying abreast of what is current in your field positions you well as a valuable employee, and it also makes you marketable just in case your job is eliminated in spite of your best efforts.

If you can take advantage of a tuition reimbursement program on the job, do so.  If that is not available, you can still invest in yourself.  Read want ads to find out what skills or qualifications are mentioned as being preferred.  Then take the required steps to obtain these skills and qualifications.

3)      Make Yourself More Valuable to the Organization. Cross train so that you can backfill a position if necessary.  In an era of cutbacks you make yourself more valuable if you are flexible and can do more than one job. If your company does not formally cross train its employees, volunteer to be cross trained.

4)      Become an Expert in Your Industry. Professionals who want to be viewed as experts in their fields can demonstrate their expertise by presenting at professional association meetings and getting published in professional journals and/or the general media.  Also, receiving a patent says something about a professional’s level of expertise. You can open more doors for yourself by positioning yourself as an expert.

5)      Develop a game plan for getting promoted. One, you can look for opportunities to fill in for the boss when he or she is away.  If you have acted in a managerial capacity you are the right person for the job.  For example, you may have stepped in as acting manager when the boss is on vacation or perhaps at another site.  This is very relevant experience for a person looking to move up.

Two, find a well-connected internal champion who will make the case for you.  Having someone else who is influential make the case for your promotion can be far more effective than you tooting your own horn.  A mentor who will speak to your merits when promotion time comes around can make the difference between you being chosen for the promotion versus someone else.

6)      Create a strategy for finding a new position. Start working on your resume.  Reconnect with people in your network.  Start going to professional association meetings.  And beef up (and/or clean up) your online presence.  These are some things that you can do to move your job search forward.

*Do you need some help getting out of the rut?  You may know what you need to do, but you find it difficult to do it.  A career coach can help you.  Call 877-743-9521.

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