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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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7 Ways to Blow an Interview

Have you ever had that sinking feeling that you just blew the interview?  Well, there are some objective ways to know whether or not you have actually done just that.  There are some surefire ways to kill your chances of making a positive impression on interviewers and making sure that your candidacy is not likely to go any further.

Read on to find out what they are.

1)      Show up late. This is not necessarily the kiss of death, but it can be.  Now that virtually everyone has a GPS and/or smartphone with Google Maps, it is a lot harder to justify showing up for an interview late.  That is especially true if you are noticeably late (i.e., 15 minutes or more).

2)      Call the interviewer the wrong name. This is a definite no-no.  You should try your best to learn the interviewer’s name before the interview and then use it appropriately throughout the interview.  Most people take their names pretty seriously, so make sure you don’t commit this faux pas.

3)      Forget to turn off the ringer on your cell phone. This is too easy to do.  You may be so intent on getting to the interview on time and thinking about how you will answer the questions that you forget that your cell phone may ring at a very inopportune time.  You may need to put turning off the ringer on your list of things to do before you enter the employer’s building.

4)      Don’t research the company. This is inexcusable.  With all the information available on the Internet, there is no good reason not to do your research ahead of time.  If you go into an interview not knowing anything about the company, it is a good indication that you are not really interested in that organization.

5)      Don’t practice commonly asked interview questions. Although you won’t know exactly which questions you will be asked by your interviewer, you should make a real effort to study the most commonly asked interview questions and be prepared to answer them.  You can easily find a list of such questions on the Internet.

6)      Neglect to establish rapport with the interviewer. This is another no-no.  The employer has already established that you are qualified for the job by reviewing your resume.  The interview then is mostly about fit.  If you do not establish rapport with the interviewer, you have not demonstrated that you are a good fit for the organization.

7)      Ignore the input of the receptionist. It is easy for job seekers to ignore the fact that they are being evaluated even in the waiting area. Most people would never think of the receptionist being an interviewer, but it’s true. It’s fairly common that the receptionist will report back to the hiring manager how candidates behaved in the waiting area. Don’t be remembered as the one who ate all the candy out of the candy dish or spoke disrespectfully to the receptionist.

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