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  • April 29, 2014

linkedin makeoverJust because you have created a LinkedIn profile doesn’t guarantee that recruiters are going to find you. In order to land your dream job, you need to actually do something with your LinkedIn account. Below are a few LinkedIn reminders for job seekers from YouTern:

  • You never know who your friends know – The kid that cuts your grass? His dad is the CEO of XYZ Company. Your neighbor? He used to work at XYZ Company and knows lots of employees there. A business card won’t tell you any of this but LinkedIn can. Start connecting with people you know to begin building your network.
  • Leverage keywords or get left behind – 93% of recruiters used LinkedIn to hire last year! They search for specific keywords to find resumes that contain the right combination of those words. If your resume doesn’t contain those specific terms then you won’t be found. Look at descriptions for your dream job and note which skills and keywords are used in the description. Make sure your LinkedIn resume contains those keywords and is varied in its language to incorporate each possible way of saying the same thing. For example, “recruiter” versus “talent acquisition”.
  • Use LinkedIn to follow up – You can’t just apply for a job online and cross your fingers that you’ll here back. You must do something to stand out from the pack. After applying online, always follow up. LinkedIn is the perfect way to do this by searching for recruiters and hiring managers at that company. Reach out to them and let them know that you’ve applied online and wanted to state your interest in working for XYZ Company.

After you’ve spent some time optimizing your LinkedIn profile to land your dream job, connect with me on LinkedIn.

Posted in career, Career Coaching, Job Search, LinkedIn, Social Media

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.

  • April 25, 2014

balanceWork/life balance is something that many people desire but few are able to achieve. There is no perfect, one-size-fits-all balance you should be striving to achieve. A successful work/life balance isn’t about completely separating your work life and your home life, but finding ways to integrate the two. Based on that notion, the founders of CEO Real Talk have offered actionable ways to improve your work/life balance today.

  • Recognize the role of work – Work plays an important part in life – it keeps the lights on, pays them mortgage and funds vacations. Adopting the right mindset allows you to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
  • Learn to breathe – Work can be so demanding that you experience anxiety or become overwhelmed, causing you to literally or figuratively hold your breath. Relax. Release. Breathe. Slowing down and breathing gives you the opportunity to regroup and assess where you are.
  • Be present and consistent – Being present requires you to be attentive at home at work and during free time. The quality of being present makes a significant positive impact on your surroundings. Being consistent requires you to realize that what you do every day matters and where you spend your time and energy has a direct connection to how successful you are in achieving work/life balance.

Posted in Career Coaching, Life Coaching, stress management

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.

  • April 17, 2014

linkedin makeoverLinkedIn studied job seekers who successfully found a job within three months and how they use LinkedIn. Below are tips to get the most out of LinkedIn for your job hunt:

  • Add new skills to your profile – Add relevant skills to your profile so recruiters looking for candidates with your background can find you
    *91% of successful job seekers listed 5 or more skills
  • Add a professional profile photos – Doing so puts a face to a name and helps project a friendly and approachable image
    *89% of successful job seekers had a profile photo
  • Get endorsed for your skills – This helps you show that you have what it takes to get the job done
    *81% of successful job seekers had 10 or more endorsements
  • Broaden your professional horizons – Take 10 minutes each day to read the hottest news in your industry
    *81% of successful job seekers were engaged with content on LinkedIn

You can connect with me on LinkedIn here. Want to know more about using LinkedIn to find a job? You can see more info on my blog.

Posted in Career Coaching, LinkedIn, Rodas Coaching, Social Media

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.

  • April 4, 2014

Tulips in a vase, focus on flower in foregroundJust like our homes, sometimes our lives and minds become cluttered. It’s time to clean out the old and let in the new! Pursuing a simple, sustainable, flexible,happier lifestyle means that you have to choose it. And that means choosing to lose some other things. It means getting rid of things that no longer work for you,it means updating the way you do things, it means freeing up some space for new and exciting opportunities and challenges.

Begin to update how you approach each day and free up space for the things that make your truly happy. Below are two steps to help you spring clean your life, clean out the clutter and get organized.

Clean Out the Clutter
Identify any negative habits and truly work to break yourself of them. Sweep out the tendency to gossip, as it wastes time and only ends up hurting others. Wash away procrastination to prevent the buildup of unfinished tasks from constantly preoccupying your mind. Kick anger and jealousy to the curb – if you feel you owe someone an apology, do it. And if you’re waiting for an apology from someone who won’t give one, accept that and move on. Cleaning out the clutter in your life is difficult, for sure. In fact, this first step is definitely the hardest one. But by throwing out the negativity in your life, you make room for more positive opportunities and personal growth.

Get Organized
As with any good spring cleaning plan of attack, after you’ve taken care of the clutter, it’s time to get organized. You need to decide how you’re going to effectively use all that new free space in your life.

  • Prioritize the things that are most important to you. Family, friends, career, fitness, travel, education, romance, a hobby … Whatever they are, list them out in order of importance.
  • Take a look at your day-to-day routine. How closely does your schedule align with your list of priorities? Is there something you aren’t spending as much time on as you’d like? Is there something you’re spending too much time on that isn’t adding to your happiness?
  • Think about how you could more closely align your schedule with your priorities. Ask the people around you to help you with this, for example, ask your boss for that well-deserved time off that you never seem to take, or ask a friend to exercise with you to keep you both motivated.

Spring cleaning your life is a concept many of us ignore, and we keep going about our old routines, hoping something will change with out any action on our part. The key is to get started. So this month do one thing each week to spring clean your life and discover what a fabulous life you can create.

Posted in health, Life Coaching, 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.