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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.

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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Do you have any questions? This question usually comes from the interviewer at the end of the interview. Too many job seekers miss a golden opportunity to come across as a thoughtful and interested candidate by not coming to the interview prepared to ask good questions.

Job seekers need to be able to demonstrate to the potential boss that they have really thought about the position and have some good, probing questions. But you also need to ask questions that will help you determine whether or not this is going to work out. After all, who wants to go through a job search in this job market only to have to enter the process again quickly because the position is a terrible fit?

So what are some good questions to ask of an interviewer?  Here are three questions that are worth asking:

1. What kind of characteristics are you looking for in the candidate?

What is the advantage of asking this question?  What would be your purpose for asking it in the first place?  When the interviewer answers this question, it should give you some good insights into what the employer really wants in an ideal candidate.  By listening carefully to the answer, you can determine whether or not you have made a solid case for yourself that you have those characteristics that the interviewer has identified.  If you haven’t, you need to follow up by mentioning any of those characteristics that you did not previously emphasize.

2. What type of career path is typical for your employees?

Again, there is a specific reason for asking this question.  If you are interested in upward mobility, you need to know what the answer to this question is.  If the interviewer hems and haws and tries to get around a direct answer, you can be certain that there really is no career path.  On the other hand, if the interviewer is able to clearly outline typical career paths at the organization, you can be reassured that you will have opportunities to grow and move up in this company.

3. How would you describe your management style?

This is a great question to ask.  The reason is that it may give you some insight into how this person (who presumably is your potential boss) likes to operate.  For example, if the interviewer says something like, “I like to monitor my people pretty closely to make sure that they stay on task,” what the person is really saying is, “I’m a micromanager.”  It’s not likely that a potential boss is going to directly say anything negative about him or herself, but if you listen closely not only to what the person says but also to what the person doesn’t say, you may be able to pick up on cues that will tell you whether or not this is a person that you can work with.

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