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  • July 23, 2013

opening doors to your best lifeCan you imagine opening a door and right before your eyes was your best life?  What does it look like?  How does it feel?  What smells do you notice?  What is the environment like?

These are just a few questions to ask yourself as you begin the journey of creating your best life.  The doors are there for you to open and step into what is really possible for you.  It is all in your control.  You are able to create the life that you are meant to live and that you deserve to live.

In my new e-book, Opening Doors to Your Best Life, you will learn strategies to help you find fulfillment in your life and create your best life.  Download the free e-book here for four key strategies to create the life you desire.

Posted in Life 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.

  • July 17, 2013

opening doors to your best careerBased on a survey of 5,000 U.S. households, only 45% of those surveyed say they are satisfied with their jobs.  How about you?  My e-book, Opening Doors to Your Best Career, will help you create job satisfaction for yourself and will assist you in finding your best career.

If you’re unsatisfied with what you do every day at work, it takes a toll on your overall health, mentally, physically, and emotionally.  If you don’t find your work meaningful and rewarding, it’s hard to keep the momentum going to advance your career.  Studies have shown that we are more likely to be successful in a career that we feel passionate about and enjoy going to every day.

Knowing the knowledge, skills, and abilities you possess as a result of your work, school, or volunteer experience are important to the next step in your career search.  Once you find a position that aligns with your values, interests, and lifestyle, you can compare your experience to the requirements of the position and begin planning how to fill the gaps so that you can achieve your career goals.

Download Opening Doors to Your Best Career for free here and receive my five steps to career success.

Posted in career, Job Search, 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.

  • July 11, 2013

There are many benefits of using a recruiter in your job search efforts.  Recruiters can give you an advantage over your competition and increase your chances of landing a new position.

Below are nine reasons why it’s worth using a recruiter to aid in your job search from eFinancial Careers:

  1. They should have a better view of the market than internal recruiters
    Any recruiter worth their salt will be constantly mapping the market to find out the recruitment intentions of both their clients and companies who work with competing recruitment agencies.
  2. They can tell you what the market wants
    It’s pointless bringing emotion into the job search; if you’re getting consistently rejected for roles, or ignored completely by recruiters despite feeling that you’re well suited to the role then there’s a reason.  Often, this reason can be a small one – you might have most of the relevant skill-sets but your market may have shifted slightly and employers are demanding new, or niche, expertise that your CV is currently lacking.  Any good recruiter should be willing to take a few minutes to advise you on this.
  3. They work hard for good candidates, but keep them focused on you
    Recruiters, contrary to what most candidates believe, have the interests of clients rather than job applicants at heart.  It’s therefore a common tactic to milk candidates for colleagues who could potentially make the shortlist, only for the recruiter to then ditch the original applicant.  The key is to keep your cards close to your chest on this front, don’t alert any colleagues (no matter how close) to the opportunity and then set about convincing the recruiter that you’re perfect for the role.
  4. They’re more likely to move you into a larger, more prestigious company
    Using recruiters and headhunters is an expensive option, and it’s likely larger, more high-profile firms who are likely to employ their services.  This, according to academics at IE University who researched the topic, means that recruiters are usually the best route into a job at a large bank or financial services firm.
  5. They can provide free market intelligence
    Yes, recruiters may often appear obtrusive (or disappear entirely) to candidates who don’t make the cut, but there’s ultimately little financial incentive for them to engage with applicants whose profiles don’t match the job description.  Recruiters are expensive for the clients, who pay the fees, but free for the candidates.  As we mentioned above, they can be a good source for the state of the job market in your area, but can also provide detailed feedback for the roles you failed to get, which could help in your future job search.
  6. Niche recruiters can be surprisingly helpful
    Scared of leaving your career in the hands of a 20-something recruiter with pointy shoes, spiky hair and a ruthless sales-driven mentality?  Then do your research.  While it makes sense to use the larger agencies who have a large number of roles, experienced recruiters also tend to gravitate to smaller players with more of a specialism and have a genuine understanding of their space.
  7. They’re more likely to help those on the non-jerk list
    Assuming you’re not spamming out your CV to the same recruitment firm for roles you’re patiently unsuitable for, the best way to stay off the blacklist and in the books is to stay in front of mind and in regular contact with a recruiter you have an existing relationship with.  This doesn’t mean harassing them, but a quick call or coffee once a month will certainly help build a bond.
  8. They will negotiate more favorable job terms
    One of the other benefits of using a recruiter is if you’re asking for a bigger salary than an employer would like, or have any other requirements that could be awkward to bring up with a potential employer, then a recruiter will fight your corner to get a good deal once an offer has been extended.
  9. They are more likely to secure you a promotionIn contrast to assumptions that recruiters only consider perfect candidates, research by IE University academics suggested using headhunters was the best way to secure a promotion.  Because employers tend to trust the information supplied by recruiters, they’re more likely to consider a candidate than if they pitched themselves for a role above their current position.

Posted in Job Search, 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.

  • July 1, 2013

Colorful FireworksAs you’re preparing to celebrate the 4th of July holiday, think about how you can integrate your job search into your upcoming events.  Life is full of networking opportunities and a 4th of July BBQ is no exception.

It’s okay to leverage your personal network.  Let your family and friends know that you’re in the job market.  Most people are happy to help, but they can’t help if they don’t know that you’re in the market for a new position.  Making them aware that you’re looking for a job can open new opportunities for you.

Remember, even if you meet someone who may not be able to help you in the immediate future, that doesn’t mean that they won’t be a meaningful connection down the road.

Posted in Job Search, Networking, 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.