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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.”

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Does your resume seem to enter a black hole when you apply for jobs on job boards?  Do you consistently apply for jobs and either receive no response or only an obligatory email stating that your resume was received?

This article unveils some of the reasons that you are not receiving calls for interviews after you apply for jobs on job boards.

1)      Too much competition. Almost everyone else in your field is using job boards to find jobs just like you are.  You have the most competition for posted positions when you use job boards.  A Wall Street Journal shared a surprising statistic about the efficacy of job boards for job seekers.  Job boards have only a 13% success rate for helping job hunters find new positions.  Given this reality, you should not spend the majority of your time looking for jobs on job boards because it is not the best job search method.

2)      Your resume isn’t tailored to the types of positions you are applying for. Generic resumes just don’t work.  In order to attract the attention of employers on job boards in a sea of job seekers, you need to make sure that your resume speaks specifically to employers’ needs.  Review carefully the requirements for the type of position that you are seeking, and make sure that those skills come through clearly on your resume.

3)      Some jobs are not really open. Let’s be honest.  Many times jobs are filled before they are publicly posted.  Oftentimes there is an internal candidate who has already been primed for the position, but the company posts the position anyway to fulfill EEO requirements.  In this case, it is nearly impossible to compete for the position.  That means that because you do not know which positions are open and which ones are not, it behooves you to apply for a lot of positions in order to generate interviews.

4)      Your resume lacks relevant 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. It is a good idea to review 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.

5)      You don’t have inside contacts. Hiring managers are most likely to hire someone who comes referred. Check LinkedIn to see if anyone in your network is connected to the organization that has the job opening that you are interested in. You can use the search bar at the top of the page and then click Companies on the dropdown menu to search for the company name. LinkedIn will then tell you who in your network works at that company. If some of the people who come up in the search are your second or third level contacts, you can ask your first level connections to introduce you.  This will greatly increase your chances of being called for an interview if you have an inside contact who can speak for you.

Is your job search lagging?  A career coach can help you identify where your job search is going wrong and can assist you with getting back on track.  Call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com today!

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