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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.”

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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.

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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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9 Simple Networking Conversation Starters

Do you have trouble thinking of what to say at a networking event?  Maybe you don’t go to networking events because you don’t know what to say.

Well, networking doesn’t have to be overwhelming.  Once you know how to get a conversation started with complete strangers, it’s pretty easy to take it from there.

Here are some questions to get your conversations at networking events off to a good start:

What brings you here? If you are attending a professional association meeting, you can start with this.  It opens the door for the other person to talk about what attracted him or her to the event.

What do you hope to learn from this presentation? Again, if it is a professional association meeting or perhaps a training event, you can use this as an opener.  This is not a personal question at all, so it is non-threatening.

What do you do? This is a very easy question to ask.  Even when you are at a professional association meeting, and presumably everyone there is in a related field, people have different job titles, and all the work may not be the same.

Who do you work for? This can give you some interesting information about your networking contact.  The person may work for a large corporation, for the government, or for a boutique firm.  This type of information could be useful to you as you ponder your next career move.  You may or may not have already learned about yourself what type of environment you work best in (small, medium, or large), and if you’re not sure, talking with this person could yield some good insights.

How did you get into the field? Sometimes people have some interesting stories to share as to what motivated them to enter a particular profession.  And since people often like talking about themselves, this is a great way to start a conversation with someone that you do not know.

How long have you been working in this field? This is another non-threatening question that gives the other person a chance to talk.  You will probably quickly learn if the person likes the field or not by how the person responds.

What do you find most challenging/rewarding about your job? As you may have noticed by now, these are all fairly open-ended questions that will take you beyond a simple yes or no answer.  This question about what the other person finds challenging or rewarding can also yield some useful information for you.  You may be considering a change, and this person may share information with you that will help you decide if this is the type of work for you.

Have you been to this event before? If this is an event that is regularly scheduled (monthly or annually), this is a good question to ask.  If this is your first time at the event, you can get an idea from this person what you can expect.

Do you have any tips for how I can get the most out of my time here? If this is a large gathering with lots of presenters and vendors, this is a useful question to ask.  Not only does it get a conversation going, but it also will give you a good idea of how to make your time at the event most productive if your networking contact is able to give you a lay of the land.

*If you know your networking efforts need an extra boost, an experienced career coach can help you optimize your efforts and build a network that will last throughout your career.  Send an email to admin@calltocareer.com today for more information.

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