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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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Even though some are predicting the end of the resume with the advent of sites like LinkedIn, the truth of the matter is that resumes are still very much alive.  And because they are alive, it is critical that you know what you should and should not include on this very important document.  After all, what’s the point of sending out your resume if it gets no results?

Here are some reasons why you are not getting calls for interviews:

A job objective. A job objective is passe.  Because it is no longer used (except maybe in the case of a recent college graduate), it makes you look dated if you have one on your resume.  Instead of a job objective, you should have a professional summary that gives a high-level overview of you as a candidate.

Lack of specificity. This is huge.  Many job seekers are trying to keep their options open, so they don’t want to lock themselves into a specific job title or type of work.  The problem with that is that an employer is not likely to easily see how you can fit into the position that they have open.  If you don’t make a clear connection for the employer between your skill set and the requirements of the job posting, your candidacy is doomed.

No keywords. These days most resumes are scanned into a resume database after candidates submit them. Recruiters then search those resume databases for their perfect candidates by using keywords. If you don’t have keywords on your resume, your resume may never see the light of day.

TMI (Too much information). Some job seekers simply don’t know how much is too much when it comes to the resume.  Because they are not sure what to include, they go overboard and include everything.  Then the resume becomes lengthy and uninviting.  Since two pages is the standard length for a resume for someone with several years of experience, going to three pages or more can totally overwhelm the reader.  It can be a very easy way to ensure that you never hear back from the employer.

A complete rehash of your job description. This is the lazy way to do your resume, and unfortunately, there are some people who take the lazy way out.  It seems much easier to simply copy and paste information from your job description into your resume rather than take the time to think through what you have done that adds value to your employer.  A copied and pasted job description reads like a copied and pasted job description.  And it will not endear employers to you.

*If you know your resume needs help, don’t waste time trying to do it yourself.  Call 877-743-9521 and get professional assistance from a certified resume writer now!

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