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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.”

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Saying I Quit

It’s 2016! Maybe your new year’s resolution is to find a new job. After all, the employment outlook has improved. But before you look for greener pastures, be sure that you are making a good decision.

Here are some good questions to ask yourself before you embark upon your job search:

1) Have I explored all options in my current organization? Sometimes the grass only looks greener on the other side. If you are in a large enough organization, it is possible that there are options that you have not yet explored internally. So before jumping ship, it only makes sense to take a careful look at all potential opportunities where you are. Many people have been in the unfortunate situation of leaving an organization only to find that they had a better situation where they were, but they did not realize it until they left.

2) What are my real reasons for wanting to move on? No matter what is driving you to make that move, you should be clear in your own mind as to what that driver is. When you know why you are quitting, you can then take steps to ensure that those needs are met in your next company. For example, if you feel the need to find another position in another organization, it might be because you need better work-life balance. You may be putting in an inordinate amount of hours at work that is leaving you no personal time. If that is the case, then you need to intentionally look for the type of position and type of organization that does not demand that you spend every waking hour working for the company. Without this type of intentionality, you could end up going from the frying pan to the fire.

3) How will this change positively or negatively impact not just my career but also my personal life? It is easy to be dazzled by a bigger job title and/or a raise in pay, but what is the tradeoff? Life is all about tradeoffs. There is no completely perfect situation. You should be honest with yourself and think through what is most important to you. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day, and it’s up to you to choose how you use that time. More time at work means less time at home and vice versa.

4) How thoroughly have I researched my options outside of my organization? My motto is, “You can’t make a good decision without good information.” In order to know what your options are and how they stack up against what you currently have, you have to do your due diligence. Do you know all of the types of organizations that hire people with your skill set? Do you know the best places to job hunt? Are you aware of how transferable your skills are and how much you can command in the marketplace?

5) If the situation is completely intolerable and I have to quit before I have another job, how much time can I afford to remain unemployed? Generally speaking, people are usually overly optimistic when it comes to thinking about unemployment. Especially if they have never had a problem landing a job before, they can be unrealistic in their estimation of how long it might take to find that next position.

As the saying goes, “Look before you leap!”

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