• May 31, 2011

Do you currently have a great resume that you are in the process of figuring out where and when to send?  Everyone has different advice and opinions of how to play the resume game.  Recruiting experts, career coaches and hiring managers say that less is more when it comes to sending out your resume, despite the host of services that will shotgun your information across the internet.

The spray and pray approach generally yields dismal results.  Also, the more resumes that you have out there circulating, the harder it is to update them or to keep any one version from showing up in the wrong places.

When you are trying to get noticed, here are some tips on how to approach the process and gain the results you desire in your job search:

  • Take aim and get specific about where you will send your resume.
  • Keep track of where you are sending your resume and follow up in a timely manner.
  • Update your resume often.  It is a working document that is really never complete, but always revolving to fit your needs.

Get out there and network.  Many of the people who come to my office, say they have been looking for a job for a long time by sending out resumes.  That tactic will not work by itself.  Begin building relationships that will assist you in the job search and well after you’ve landed that desired position.

This week, e-mail me for a 30 minute resume review to help you seal the deal and land that new career of your dreams!!

Deborah@rodascoaching.com

Enjoy your week!!!

Posted in career, success

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • May 23, 2011

Why a quick follow up is important

In life and in your career, time is of the essence.  How many of you have had an interview, sent a thank you and then never followed up with the interviewer or the organization?  How many of you have met someone, had an enlightening conversation and never followed up with that person?  Whether you’ve just had an interview, met a new contact or had a phone conversation with a recruiter, acting quickly is the key to turning these connections in to potential opportunities for a job.

According to Gordon Curtis, author of “Well Connected,”  “If you are the quickest to respond to an opportunity or the fastest to follow up on a conversation, you will be considered the most responsive person overall, even if, truth be told, you are actually a procrastinator.”

It is important in today’s job market to do whatever it takes for you to stand out in the crowd, while also staying in control and not leaving voicemails or e-mails that basically say, “don’t forget about me.”

Here are 5 tips on making your networking effective in gaining employment:

  1. Respect people’s time
  2. Be clear and concise in all communication
  3. Strategically build relationships
  4. Always say Thank You
  5. Remember to pay it forward by helping people as much as you are asking for help

Enjoy your week!

Next weeks blog will come on Tuesday due to Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.  Have a wonderful holiday and continue to move your life and your career forward.

Posted in career, success

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • May 16, 2011
Before you can create a great life and a great career, it’s important to discover
your life purpose, in order to move forward in creating the life you want and
desire. So, how do you discover your life purpose?

First, it’s important to understand what a life purpose is. A life purpose is a
calling, a mission, or an overall theme for your life that transcends your daily
activities. It is much broader than one job or career; it pervades your entire life.

Below are some questions you can ask yourself which will help you discover your
life purpose:
  • What is it that you absolutely love to do?
  • What are your natural talents?
  • What successes have you had during your lifetime?
  • What excites you?
  • What are you passionate about in your life?
  • What do you daydream about doing with your life?
  • What would you do if you new you could not fail?
This week, I’d like to challenge you to answer the above questions
and begin to discover your life purpose to create success in your
life and in your career.

Posted in career, success

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • May 10, 2011

When clients come in to talk about finding a new career, we create a strategy that will allow them to meet their goal in a timely manner.  The most successful way to find any new position is by using these three channels:

Networking

Recruiters

Job Boards

Today I want to share with you how to get noticed by recruiters and how to stand out with both your skills and credentials.   There are several approaches that can help you get noticed and get ahead of the recruiting pack.  Here are 9 golden rules of getting noticed by recruiters:

Use your network to connect with a recruiter

Time it right – Call earlier in the day, rather than later

Provide a standard resume

Meet face to face

Don’t’ share personal information

Show off stellar communication skills

Be patient

Show that you are reliable

Stay in touch during times of employment

For more details and information on how to put these rules to work for you, feel free to call me, Deborah Sakelaris, Success Coach, at 312-798-7404.  Enjoy a Free consultation phone call and see where your next job can lead you in creating success in your life and in your career.

Posted in career, success

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.

  • May 2, 2011
Every day we have the chance to be powerful, inspiring and skilled at capitalizing
on opportunities.

Believe it or not, we all have the opportunity every day to choose how we want
to spend our time on life's journey. We all have the ability to make conscious
choices to create the life we dream of living. Every day is a chance to renew,
revitalize, and restart any aspect of your career and life. Want encouragement?

You have no reason to stay in a job you hate. Don’t like your current
relationships? Change them or change your thought process about them. Not
satisfied with what you are accomplishing or the direction you are pursuing with
your life? You can change the course now. Don’t waste a minute of the time you
have here on earth.

Tell me about opportunities you pursued this week and receive 1 FREE
Coaching session. E-mail me at Deborah@rodascoaching.com

Enjoy your week!!!

Posted in career, success

Written by Deborah O'Donnell

Deborah O'Donnell is the President and Owner of Rodas Coaching, LLC, a Career and Life Coaching firm located in downtown Chicago. She works one-on-one with individuals, executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them gain clarity and align their passions and strengths to open doors to live inspired and balanced lives. Deborah provides career management consulting, which provides resume review, career coaching, and interview skill development.