Specializing in faster, more effective job searches!

Sign up for 5 Master Strategies to Land a New Job Through Social Media!

You will learn:

  1. The top social networking sites for job seekers
  2. How to leverage Twitter
  3. How to manage your reputation on Google
  4. How to effectively use job boards

Take advantage of this free career advice today!

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

  • Share

Contact Us:

LinkedIn Group, Expand Your Network

Find Us on:

5 Ways to Pinpoint Where Your Job Search Is Failing

Are you trying to figure out what is going wrong with your job search?  Are you running into roadblocks that you don’t know how to navigate?

Here are some common traps that job seekers find themselves in.  Read on to find out what you can do to keep your job search moving forward and land that next position.

1) Your network is thin and you have exhausted your existing contacts.

Since most people find their new positions through networking, if you have a small network and have already exhausted your contacts, you need to expand your network in order to find more job opportunities.  Follow these tips to increase your network:

Ask for referrals to people that you don’t know. Ask the people in your current network to pass your name along to people in their networks who may know of openings that would suit your skill set.  Then set up phone or in-person meetings with these new contacts to talk about what you have to offer.   Be sure to have your resume ready if you are asked for it.

Look up former bosses and colleagues on LinkedIn and connect to them. You can use the Advanced Search function on LinkedIn to find people that you previously worked with.  You can search by company name to find work associates, and you can also search by people’s names.  This is a quick way to grow your network on LinkedIn and update these contacts on what you have been doing and what you are looking for now.

2) You don’t land interviews at all or you get responses for positions outside of your field.

If you are not getting calls for interviews, it means that your resume is not speaking directly to the needs of employers in your field.  For one thing, your resume could be missing keywords. Recruiters search their resume databases by keywords, so if a resume does not contain that keywords that recruiters are looking for, that resume will probably not be reviewed, no matter how qualified the applicant is.  Look at several vacancy announcements for your field and see which phrases come up again and again. These are the keywords that you need to incorporate into your resume.

Your resume should highlight duties as well as accomplishments. Job seekers often pull out their position descriptions and use them as the basis for a description of their work experience. But seldom do they point out accomplishments on the resume, which are what distinguish them from similarly qualified candidates. Other employees with similar job titles will have similar experience, but no one can duplicate your accomplishments exactly. It is a good idea to go back to old performance appraisals to find accomplishments that your boss has highlighted.

3) You receive callbacks for interviews, but then the interviewer says that you are overqualified.

Anticipate the employer’s concerns.  If the employer considers you to be overqualified, the main concern from the employer’s perspective is that you are taking this position as a place holder, and as soon as something better comes along, you will leave.  You can allay this concern by showing your stable work history.  If you have a track record of staying with employers for a minimum of two or three years at a time, this can bolster your case that you won’t cut and run.

Show genuine interest in the position and organization.  Before the interview, take a look at the company’s value statement and mission statement on the website.  Then you will be in a position to talk enthusiastically about how your values align with the organization’s.  That way the employer will realize that you are interested in that company specifically, not just that you are desperate and looking for anything.

4) You generate interviews, but you don’t get offers.

If this is your situation, then you need help with your interview skills.  You may be highly qualified, and clearly your resume was good enough for you to be called in for an interview, but you are not able to seal the deal.  Practice some of the commonly asked interview questions with a career coach or friend so that you can improve your interview techniques.

5) You are being lowballed in the salary negotiation process.

If you are given a low offer, don’t just walk away. Negotiate based on how well your qualifications match the requirements of the position.  An employer will not be impressed if you try to negotiate based on what you made previously.  The current job market is filled with qualified candidates. However, you are in a strong position to negotiate a higher salary if you are pretty much a perfect match for the position.  The best thing to do is to reiterate what the position requires and restate the fact that you have exactly what they are looking for.  Then you can say, “My salary research shows that the going rate for someone with my qualifications and experience is between $X and $Y.”  This makes your request for a higher salary objective instead of subjective.

Is your job search failing?  Do you need help landing that next position?  Get professional assistance with your job search by calling 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com.