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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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What makes the difference between successful job seekers and unsuccessful ones?  Why do some people who have obstacles to the job search (i.e., age, sex, race, etc.) land new positions while others with the same obstacles languish, unemployed for a long duration?

If you want to fall into the category of the successful job seeker, these tips are for you:

  1. Be persistent. If your job search is taking longer than you would like, keep in mind that even though the job market has improved, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you will land the job you want immediately.  You need to think of your job search as a marathon rather than a sprint.
  2. Search effectively and efficiently.  To do this, you must allocate your time according to the way that most people are getting jobs.  Most people (60-80%) find their jobs through networking.  Other job search methods that trail far behind networking are applying to jobs on job boards, using a headhunter, and attending job fairs.  If you are spending most of your time searching for jobs on job boards, you should reverse that and spend most of your time networking.
  3. Stick to a schedule. Map out your day and your week so that you have specific activities that you plan to accomplish at specific times.  You will need the structure to keep you motivated.
  4. Build a team. When Diana Nyad finally completed her goal of swimming from Cuba to Florida, she emphasized the fact that she did not do it alone.  She had people in a boat beside her while she was swimming.  And she had many more people cheering her on.  You too can benefit from having supporters around you who can be positive, especially when you don’t feel positive.
  5. Watch your self talk. You have to refuse to think negative thoughts.  If you say things to yourself like, “I’ll never get a job because I am too old, or because I don’t have enough experience, or I don’t have enough education,” these things will become a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Choose to focus on the positive, even when things don’t always go the way that you planned.
  6. Obtain professional help if you need it. If you find yourself spinning your wheels in your job search, consider hiring a career coach who can help you focus your energies and troubleshoot any trouble spots with your search.
  7. Take time to recharge your batteries. Even though you definitely need to spend time on your job search, you also need to have fun.  Reward yourself by doing things that you enjoy.  Perhaps you like to go hiking or go on a picnic.  Including recreational activities in your routine can help to revitalize you so that you can keep working at your job search.

As you can see, there are things that good job seekers do that unsuccessful job seekers do not.  If you need professional help to get you unstuck and help you implement the steps above, Call to Career can help you.  Call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com to get you refocused and on your way to the job that you want.