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  • October 31, 2013

build self confidenceAre you confident? Do you feel unimportant or do you beat yourself up when you make even the smallest mistake?

Confidence is what healthy self-esteem looks and feels like.  When self-confidence is increased, doors begin to open to more personal and professional achievements.

We need to build self-confidence in order to succeed in many aspects of our life:

  • Experience more fulfilling relationships
  • Have more passion in your work
  • Enjoy your free time
  • Overcome self-defeating behaviors and addictions
  • Live with better health
  • Achieve more meaning in life

Self-Confidence Source recommends stepping out of your comfort zone to increase your self-confidence. Sure, you may stumble, but you could also feel successful and empowered. One way to achieve more self-confidence is by new doing things. Take a class doing something you always wanted to. Think how wonderful you’ll feel knowing you are doing something for yourself while learning something new. Try striking up a conversation with a stranger next to you in line. You never know how much a kind word could improve his or her day and you’ll feel good knowing you made someone else feel that way.

Maximizing your self-confidence can make a huge difference in your life, leaving you feeling fulfilled.  If you’d like to learn more about this topic, contact Deborah for your free workbook on how to build self-confidence.  It could change your life!

Posted in Life Coaching, Rodas Coaching, Self-Esteem

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.

  • October 24, 2013

create a brag sheetIt’s important to know your strengths when trying to find a job. What are you great at? Which skill sets are most useful? What type of work environments do you thrive in? One way to keep track of your strengths and interests is a brag sheet.

What is a brag sheet? The Ladders defines a brag sheet as a place to record all your professional accomplishments and contributions.  Here are five tips to help you build your own powerful brag sheet that can help advance your career:

  1. Be results oriented
    When chronicling your accomplishments, think in terms of results.  What was the outcome of your actions? Did you reduce costs or grow sales? Even if you can’t think of numbers, try to think in terms of better, faster and cheaper.
  2. Capture the little details
    Include relevant details like dates, locations, and the names of people and organizations that were involved in your work. Add in client reviews, customer testimonials, and other kudos you’ve received from colleagues and managers.
  3. Don’t become stagnant
    Your brag sheet is a living document and should be updated on a regular basis. Carve out at least an hour each quarter to add new events and review your brag sheet.
  4. Brag with your bullet points
    When updating your resume, identify the accomplishments and contributions that are most relevant to your career goals and use those to craft the bullets under each of your previous roles.
  5. Prepare for negotiations with data
    It’s much easier to negotiate with confidence when you’re armed with data. You don’t need to bring your brag sheet to your interview, but you should be able to cite some recent accomplishments that demonstrate the value you bring to the organization.

Take some time to create your own brag sheet using these tips.

Posted in career, Career Coaching, Interview, 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.

  • October 17, 2013

mountainsLow self-esteem can have a negative impact on all areas of your life – your relationships, your health, and your job.  It can strip you of your confidence to make even the smallest decisions.

Improving your self-esteem will lead you to a happier and more fulfilling life.  There are things you can do to increase your self-esteem, your confidence, and your well-being.  Start with these steps from Mayo Clinic:

Step 1: Identify troubling conditions or situations
Think about the conditions or situations that seem to deflate your self-esteem.  Common triggers might include:

  • A business presentation
  • A crisis at work or home
  • A challenge with a spouse, loved one, co-worker or other close contact
  • A change in life circumstances, such as a job loss or child leaving home

Step 2: Become aware of thoughts and beliefs
Once you’ve identified troubling conditions or situations, pay attention to your thoughts.  This includes your self-talk (what you tell yourself) and your interpretation of what the situation means.  Your thoughts and beliefs might be positive, negative or neutral.  They might be rational, based on reasons or facts, or irrational, based on false ideas.

Step 3: Challenge negative or inaccurate thinking
Your initial thoughts might not be the only possible way to view a situation, so test the accuracy of your thoughts.  Ask yourself whether your view is consistent with facts and logic or whether other explanations for the situation might be plausible.

Be aware that it’s sometimes tough to recognize inaccuracies in thinking. Most people have automatic, long-standing ways of thinking about their lives and themselves.  These long-held thoughts and beliefs can feel normal and factual, but many are actually just opinions or perceptions.

Step 4: Adjust your thoughts and beliefs
Replace negative or inaccurate thoughts with accurate, constructive thoughts.  Try these strategies:

  • Use hopeful statements.  Treat yourself with kindness and encouragement.  Pessimism can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Forgive yourself.  Everyone makes mistakes – and mistakes aren’t permanent reflections on you as a person. They’re isolated moments in time.
  • Focus on the positive.  Think about the good parts of your life. Remind yourself of things that have gone well recently.  Consider the skills you’ve used to cope with challenging situations.
  • Encourage yourself.  Give yourself credit for making positive changes.

Practicing these steps will allow you to begin to recognize the thoughts and beliefs that are contributing to your low self-esteem and you can actively counter them, helping you accept your value as a person.

 

Posted in Life Coaching, Self-Esteem

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.

  • October 4, 2013

Approved LinkedIn logoOne of the most important things you can do to optimize your LinkedIn profile is to personalize your LinkedIn URL.  Creating a personalized LinkedIn URL allows you to enhance your personal brand and is particularly helpful to use on your resume.  Resumes have limitations on the type and depth of information you can offer, so include your LinkedIn URL to that employers have the opportunity to learn more about you through recommendations, skills, endorsements, and other information on your LinkedIn profile.

When you set up your profile on LinkedIn, you’re given a LinkedIn ID by default that may look like this:

http://www.linkedin.con/pub/firstname-lastname/0/000/246

Changing your temporary LinkedIn ID to a personalized one takes only a few clicks of a button.

Here are the steps you need to take to personalize your LinkedIn URL:

  1. Sign into LinkedIn and select Edit Your Profile.
  2. At the bottom of your profile box you should see your LinkedIn ID.
  3. Click on Edit next to the temporary ID.
  4. This should open a box to the right of the screen called Customize Your Public Profile.  Under it, there is a box for Your public profile URL.
  5. Select Customize your public profile.  Now you can enter how you want your permanent LinkedIn ID to appear.  It may be your name or some variant related to your profession or field of work.
  6. Click Set Custom URL.

You now have a customized LinkedIn URL that can be used to further promote your experience, knowledge and skills for job opportunities.

Keep in mind when creating your permanent LinkedIn ID that it should be something timeless.  Your name is a safe bet and you likely won’t make changes to it in the future.  If you have a common name, try to add something that defines you, like “JameSmithJobExpert.”

While you are allowed to change your LinkedIn URL at any time, LinkedIn will not redirect anyone clicking on the old URL.  Be sure to update with your new URL.

When you’re done personalizing your LinkedIn URL, be sure to connect with me on LinkedIn!

Posted in Career Coaching, LinkedIn

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.