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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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For women who have taken time off from work to raise their families and/or take care of an ailing family member, getting back into the workforce can sometimes be a daunting task.  In many cases, things have changed since they left.  The job search landscape is different, and convincing employers that you are a good hire is not easy to do.

This is my advice to moms returning to work after an extended absence:

Include relevant work on your resume wherever possible. In the best case scenario, moms will have done part-time work and/or volunteer work in their fields to keep their skills fresh.  That will be the most important information to highlight.  Barring that, moms can list volunteer work.  Work with the PTA or homeowners association is worth highlighting as well.

Stay abreast of what is happening in your field. You can do this by joining a professional association and going to monthly meetings as well as reading professional journals.  You should educate yourself on any changes in the field so that when you go for interviews you can speak knowledgeably about current happenings.

Revitalize your network. You may have been out of the loop for some time with your network while you were out of the paid workforce.  Before you jump into your job search, seek out former colleagues on LinkedIn and get back in touch with people that you had good working relationships with.  These people can really help you with your job search, but it’s best to invest in them first before asking for anything.

Volunteer in your field. One real benefit to doing work on a volunteer basis is that it puts you in the environment to meet people who are in your field. In a sense, it can be another form of networking. And it gives a potential employer an opportunity to see how well you work, so that if an opening occurs, you would probably be considered. After all, the employer already knows you, so why take a chance on someone who may not be a good fit? Even if an opening doesn’t occur immediately, you have expanded your network so that you are in a position to hear about openings that you probably wouldn’t hear about otherwise. Co-workers who are impressed with your work ethic will be happy to refer you to positions that they hear about.

Upgrade your skills. If you haven’t worked in your field for a few years, more than likely you will need to update your skills.  You may need to obtain a certification or take advantage of continuing education to make yourself more employable.  It’s a good idea to research different job postings to find out what types of certifications or training employers are looking for so that you can spend your training dollars well.

While getting back to work after a gap in your paid work life may have its challenges, it is not impossible.  There are things that you can do to get back to work more quickly.

*For professional assistance with getting back into the workforce, call 877-743-9521 or send an email to admin@calltocareer.com today!