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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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5 Ways to Ace a Phone Screen

If you are actively job searching, a phone screen is probably coming your way in the near future.  And of course you know that you have to impress the interviewer over the phone in order to go get to the next step of the process.

Here are some quick tips to ensure that you pass the phone screen with flying colors:

1)      Review the job posting. Before the phone screen you need to go through the job posting with a fine tooth comb, highlighting the most important aspects of the job so that you can speak to the employer’s needs during the interview.

2)      Anticipate the types of questions that you will probably be asked.  Usually phone screens are conducted by HR, and because this is the case, the questions are mostly general.  You will probably be asked more technical questions by the hiring manager.  So it’s best to prepare for commonly asked questions during the phone interview.

3)      Be prepared to address the issue of salary. Even though you as a job seeker don’t want to discuss salary prematurely (before an offer is made), it is very common for interviewers to screen potential candidates over the phone and find out if the two parties are in the same ballpark as far as salary is concerned.  If the interviewer presses you for an answer about what salary you are looking for, give a salary range based on the research that you have done.  That will still give you room to negotiate once you have made an offer.  If you give a specific dollar amount, you then lock yourself in and don’t leave much room for negotiation.

Take advantage of www.salary.com and find salary surveys done by professional associations so that you know what the going rate is for your profession in the geographic location that you are interested in.

4)      Prepare your environment. Job seekers should ensure that they have a quiet place for the phone interview with no interruptions.  That means making sure that everyone in your household keeps all noise away from the place where you will be conducting your interview.  You will come across as very unprofessional if the interviewer can hear the dog barking and the children screaming.

It’s also best to use a landline phone instead of a cell phone for your phone interview.  You don’t want your call to drop while you are being interviewed. The other issue with cell phones is that reception can be poor in some areas.  If you have to use a cell phone, try to find a spot where you will have the best reception.

5)      Share examples of how you have used the skills that the employer is looking for. Stories make you memorable in the mind of the interviewer.  So as you prepare for the upcoming phone screen, think of stories that you can share that illustrate what you have to offer to a potential employer.  That way, when the interviewer asks you how your co-workers would describe you, you can share a real life example of you demonstrated the positive characteristics that your co-workers would use to describe you.  If, for example, you know that they would describe you as a team player who is results-driven, make sure you have a story that supports that.

Need help acing that upcoming interview?  A professional career coach can help you shine!  Call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com today!

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