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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 are you willing to invest in order to move your career forward?  If you are bursting with potential, and you have things you would like to accomplish in your work life, here are five strategies to help you do just that.  Instead of leaving your career up to whim, take these steps towards your future.

1)      A career plan. Everyone knows the old adage, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  While not planning for the next five years does not necessarily mean that you will fail at your career, it may very well mean that you will drift in your career and allow other people to set your career direction instead of you doing this for yourself.  Because life is so busy, it is easy to look up in five years and realize that the time flew by, and you can’t get that time back. Having a career plan gives you direction and something to work towards.

2)      A mentor. Having a great mentor, especially as you start your career, can jumpstart your professional network.   This person can introduce you to others in his or her network, and those connections can be invaluable.   There will be people who will take time for you because both you and they are connected to your mentor.  A mentor can also share his or her wisdom and experience that has been accumulated over the years. By drawing on this knowledge base, you can avoid mistakes that your mentor has made.  You can also leverage this knowledge base to advise you when you get into difficult situations.

3)      Professional association(s). One of the best places to network is your professional association.  The people that you meet in this setting are people in your field, most of whom are employed at different organizations.  It’s best to cultivate your network in a professional association before you plan to look for another position so that your network is already in place before you need it to help you land new employment.   Having this type of professional network can put your career on the fast track.

4)      Calculated risks. Taking calculated risks can help you move up quickly if done correctly.  An example of such a risk could be volunteering for a major project that has high visibility.  If you do a great job on this project, it will put your name in front of top management in a positive light.  The key though is that you need to assess carefully what your skill level is and whether or not this is a project that you feel pretty confident you can excel at.  Taking appropriate risks in your career at the right time can boost your career.

5)      Positioning for promotions. If you are interested in moving up, find out exactly what management considers necessary to make you worthy of promotion. You need specifics. Is it your education level? Do you need a certification? Do you need managerial or supervisory experience?  In addition to asking your manager these questions, it is to your benefit to check out the credentials of people who are actually promoted.  In some cases, the credentials don’t matter as much as fit. If this is the case, you may have to work harder at cultivating relationships with management so that they will see you as worthy of promotion.

*If you are serious about fast tracking your career, work with a certified career coach with proven results.  Call 877-743-9521 today!