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  • February 27, 2013

The keys to keeping your motivation high during any life or career transition are:

Clarity -When you wake up every day know the answer to these questions:  What am I going to do to move myself forward? What is going to make me feel content, happy, and motivated? What is my purpose? What lights me up?

Confidence – Create daily strategies to build your confidence.  Recall your past successes and take daily action to motivate you into continuing your journey.

Courage – Believe in yourself and be Brilliant every day! Take small steps and reward yourself for all of your accomplishments.

Commitment –  Stay the course.  Fix your mind on your desired end result and work toward that result every day.  You are tenacious!  You CAN persevere.

Posted in Rodas Coaching

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.

  • February 25, 2013

It is important to have a great resume that differentiates you from others, it is just as important to optimize your LinkedIn Profile.

LinkedIn has just passed 175 million registered users.  It is widely recognized to be the most successful business-oriented social media networking site in the world.  85% of employers will check you out on LinkedIn before they call you for an interview.

There are differences in the resume and LinkeIn Profile.  Your LinkedIn profile is an overview of your professional skills, talents and abilities, while your resume demonstrates your value to a company for a specific position.

Your resume and LinkedIn Profile should not be one in the same.  They need to complement each other.

Target your resume and focus it to a particular position, using specific keywords from the job posting.  Additionally, throughout your resume show specific achievements that can show what value you’ve brought to your past employers.

Make your LinkedIn profile more general, identifying your strengths that are applicable to your profession or industry. It can also be less formal than the resume and show some of your personality.

The key to remember is:  Resume AND LinkinIn Profile.  These tools work hand in hand, and if used correctly, can assist you in finding that next position.

Posted in Rodas Coaching

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.

  • February 21, 2013

It’s February 21, almost 2 full months into the New Year.  How are you doing on those New Year’s Resolutions?

According to Psychologist Jeremy Dean, author of upcoming book Making Habits, Breaking Habits, 60% of resolvers admitted they’d failed to make a change last for six months.  Habits are hard to break and even harder to permanently change.   So if you haven’t quite kept up with what you said you were going to do on January 1, 2013, now is the time to take stock in what you want the rest of your year to look like.

Purhaps it’s time to look at this idea of resolutions in a new perspective.  Try thinking of creating your best life.  What does your best life look like?  Write down the answer to that question and keep it in a place where you will look at it every day.

Start to replace bad habits with good habits, i.e., if you are trying to move away from sugary foods, replace that food with something healthy, like fruit or some sugar free treat.  Don’t just take something away.  Make sure you replace it with what will help you create your best life.

Change your environment or your daily routines.  Create something new in your life, i.e., get off the couch and read, exercise, or talk with your family in the evening instead of sitting in front of the TV all night, every night.

And finally, prepare distractions.  Willpower alone may not be enough.   Prepare distractions for those times when you are tempted, i.e.,  if you are trying to stop drinking in the evening after work, decide, when the thought comes up to make that drink, take a walk, listen to music, dance or call a friend.

It’s ok if you haven’t kept your resolution up until now.  The great news is that you can start right now and you get the chance to start all over every single day of your life.  Start today to create what you want in your life and to live your best life!!

 

 

 

Posted in Rodas Coaching

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.

  • February 20, 2013

What does it take to make a smooth career transition?

1.  Know your talents, skills and abilities.  Be able to state 5 top skills you excel at and give examples of yourself in the workplace excelling in these areas.

2.  Know how to articulate your strengths.

3. Know yourself.  Write down the answer to the question, “tell me about yourself.”  Have one or two different versions of your answer ready to go at any given time.

4. Be dilligent when looking for a new job.  Send our 3-5 resumes a day to places that you actually want to work and that you actually qualify for in your career search.

5.  Prepare for interviews.  Sounds so simple, however not always done.

6. Attitude Matters.  Can’t state this enough.  Be positive, positive, positive.

 

 

Posted in career, Rodas Coaching

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.