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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 Reasons Why People Aren’t Connecting with You on LinkedIn

Have you ever sent an invitation to someone that you wanted to connect with on LinkedIn, and you never got a response?  You waited week after week to hear something, anything, but it is as though your invitation got stuck in cyberspace.

Here are some possible reasons that you never hear back after trying to grow your network on LinkedIn:

1) You sent the default invitation that wasn’t personalized. Sending the default invitation (I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn) doesn’t give the person that you invited a strong reason to connect with you.  It will be more effective if you tell the person that you were very interested in an article that the person was quoted in or that you admire that person as a thought leader.  The default invitation can send a signal that you didn’t put any thought into why you want to connect with this person.

2)      You didn’t give them a compelling reason to connect with you. In this scenario, you didn’t use the default invitation, but at the same time, you didn’t give the person an offer that the person couldn’t refuse either.  Try to put yourself in the receiver’s shoes and think about what would be a compelling reason to connect with you.

3)      You don’t have enough connections on LinkedIn to be taken seriously. LinkedIn automatically shows your number of connections.  If you have zero or just one or two, someone who doesn’t know you is likely to ignore your request to connect.  That means that you should start connecting with people that you know first before trying to reach out to strangers.  That way you have an acceptable number of connections so that your request won’t be ignored or denied.

4)      Your profile is incomplete. Very often when you try to connect with people you don’t know on LinkedIn, they will check your profile before making a decision as to whether or not to accept your invitation.  If your profile is incomplete, that could be another reason why your invitation is not accepted.  You haven’t shared much information about yourself, but you want others to be a part of your network.

5)      You don’t have a profile photo. This is a big no-no.  Not having a profile photo will cause most LinkedIn users to view your profile with a big dose of skepticism.  It is expected that you will have a profile photo.  Without that photo, people may assume that you are not a real person.  It could be that the profile is simply spam.

6)      Your profile doesn’t present you well. If your profile is littered with typos, and it is clear that you have not put the time and effort into the profile that it deserves, other members on LinkedIn may decline to connect with you.  After all, this is a professional site, and if you are not presenting yourself professionally, you lose credibility.

7)      Other users don’t see potential for a mutually beneficial relationship. If you are in the auto mechanic field and you are trying to connect with someone in banking, the other LinkedIn member may not see the relevance, and therefore may ignore your request.  If there is the potential for a mutually beneficial relationship, but it is not immediately obvious, make sure that you express that in the invitation.  No one is going to ask you why you want to connect before accepting your invitation.  If it doesn’t make sense to them, they will simply not respond.

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