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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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5 Ways to Develop Your Career Off the Job

If you are serious about your career, you cannot afford to allow your employer to limit you in terms of career opportunities.  If you work for an employer who is interested in your career development and is grooming you for advancement, that is a great advantage.  But if you are not that fortunate, you cannot be a bystander when it comes to your own growth and development.

Here are some things that you can do even outside of work that will move your career forward:

1)      Invest in Yourself. Keep your skills up to date in your current position and let your boss know about any new certifications or licenses that you have obtained.  Staying abreast of what is current in your field positions you well as a valuable employee, and it also makes you marketable just in case your job is eliminated. Read want ads to find out what skills or qualifications are mentioned as being preferred.  Then take the required steps to obtain these skills and qualifications.

2)      Become an Expert in Your Industry. Professionals who want to be viewed as experts in their fields can demonstrate their expertise by presenting at professional association meetings and getting published in professional journals and/or the general media.  Also, receiving a patent says something about a professional’s level of expertise. You can open more doors for yourself by positioning yourself as an expert.

3)      Keep up with your network. Most people find their jobs through someone that they know. By not maintaining contact with people in your network, you are excluding yourself from career possibilities. It is possible that you will remain stalled in your career if you do not make an active effort to stay in touch with your network and let them notify you of opportunities.

4)      Find a mentor. It’s always helpful to have a professional support system.  We need a support system in our personal lives, and we need a support system in our professional lives.  A mentor can give you encouragement when you run into difficulties in your career and cheer you on even when you do not feel like going on.  And this person can give you much needed perspective. In addition, having a great mentor can boost your professional network.   This person can introduce you to others in his or her network, and those connections can be invaluable.   There will be people who will take time for you because both you and they are connected to your mentor.

5)      Join and become active in a professional association. By joining a professional association, you can get to know people in your profession who can potentially help you advance your career. Also, by joining a professional association you will become current with the issues in your field. You can take advantage of the information presented in the professional journal and attend the association meetings. This is another means of engaging in continuing education.