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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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7 Career Mistakes You Should Avoid at All Costs in 2017

As you look forward to the rest of 2017, it’s up to you to try to make this a good year for your career.  But of course that means that you need to avoid costly mistakes.  Here are some mistakes you should definitely avoid:

Not paying attention to trends. If the type of work that you do can be done by a machine instead of a person, you may need to look for another type of job.  It’s usually just a matter of time before your company decides that a machine can do your job for less money.  You should stay abreast of what is happening in your profession or industry so that you are not caught off guard.

Failing to show your contribution to the bottom line. Even if you are not in sales, you should still be able to articulate how the work that you do is valuable to the company.  As far as possible you should be able to quantify how much money you saved, what time-saving measures you instituted, and how you improved processes.  Management tends to cut those positions that do not have a direct relationship to the bottom line.

Not increasing your marketability. If your company offers tuition reimbursement, take classes that will enhance your resume.  You might consider getting a certification in your field since certifications have become very common in many fields.  If you do not yet have an advanced degree, you might consider using the tuition reimbursement program to obtain that degree to increase your marketability.

Staying invisible. You should get involved in committees to increase your visibility in the organization and make a contribution outside of your department. Many large companies have committees to review processes or improve employee retention. Joining such a committee can expose you to other people in a large organization that you might not otherwise meet and can open the door for future job opportunities.

Not developing a dynamic online presence. According to Adweek, 92% of recruiters now scour online sources for additional information on candidates.  Positive online information about you will improve your job prospects since that is what recruiters will be looking for to determine who they call for an interview.  Social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook rank high on the search engines, so make sure that you represent yourself well on these sites.

Ignoring signs that it’s time to move on. If you have that nagging feeling that if you don’t make a move now, you never will, don’t ignore that feeling.  You are likely to get stuck in a rut if you don’t push yourself beyond your comfort zone.  It’s easy for human beings to stick with the familiar. But if you don’t take the risk of looking for something new, you can easily become overcome with inertia and miss out on an exciting career. As a career coach it is sad for me to hear people near the end of their careers expressing regrets because they did not take advantage of opportunities while they were available. It’s good to try new things and see where they will lead you.

Neglecting your network. The best jobs are found through your network.  If you become so consumed with your daily grind that you neglect your network, you could be missing out on great opportunities that they hear about.  You won’t be top of mind because you haven’t stayed in touch.  So schedule some follow-up with your networking contacts on a regular basis so that you will have a steady stream of information about job opportunities.

*If you are committed to moving your career forward in 2017, you need a professional by your side, helping you make all the right moves.  Call 877-743-9521 now to speak to a career coach who can help you achieve in 2017!