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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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If you are one of those people who knows how important networking is but just can’t seem to make the time for it, read on.

Even though networking does take some time, it doesn’t have to be all-consuming.  Here are some ways that you can work networking into your schedule without feeling totally overwhelmed.

1)      Social media networking. Make sure that your in-person networking contacts are also your social media networking contacts.  That way you can easily stay in touch with your contacts without investing a huge amount of time.  LinkedIn is the premiere social networking site for executives and professionals, so if you dedicate time to only one site, it should be LinkedIn.

2)      Social media status updates.  Updating your network on social media is a quick and painless way to network without investing a lot of time.  You should offer something of value to your network through your status updates.  Perhaps you can share an article that others would appreciate or offer your expertise.  People will start avoiding you after a while if you are simply sharing personal information or if all you have to say is that you are looking for a job.

3)      Short lunch meetings. Even though the Internet has become a great way to communicate with people, nothing can compare with face-to-face contact. Schedule time to go to lunch with people in your network periodically to get face time with them. This will really personalize your contacts with people in your network.  The issue though is to keep the meetings short so that they do not eat up too much time.

4)      Join online groups. Join groups and actually participate in groups on different social media platforms such as LinkedIn and Facebook.  This is a great way to network and meet new people virtually.  Answer questions that other members have posed and ask questions of your own.  Also, post information such as articles that other people in your field would appreciate.  If you consistently provide good content, it will drive traffic to your profile and at the same time promote your brand.

5)      Turn events/classes into networking opportunities. If you regularly attend professional association meetings or if you are taking a class for or not for credit, these are built-in ways that you can network.  The idea is to kill two birds with one stone.  Use activities that you are already involved in to double as networking opportunities.

6)      Reach out to networking contacts over the phone. In-person meetings are great, but if you are very pressed for time, phone meetings tend to be easier to limit.  There generally isn’t the same pressure to keep the conversation going over the phone as there is in person.  You can tell your contact at the beginning of the conversation that you only have a limited time (i.e., half an hour), and once you have set this boundary, it is then easier to end the conversation when the half an hour is over.

So now that you no longer have the excuse that you don’t have the time, start networking!

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