• May 28, 2014

linkedin makeoverWhen was the last time you reviewed your LinkedIn summary? Do you even have one? A LinkedIn summary is one of the most valuable pieces of real estate when it comes to showcasing yourself and your abilities on LinkedIn. It’s the first impression for many recruiters, potential clients and other professionals.

Business Insider says that a killer LinkedIn summary has the following characteristics:

  • Engaging and original – You have 2,000 characters to showcase who you are as a professional and what makes you interesting. Begin with a captivating hook.
    For example, instead of Detail-oriented business analyst with strong problem solving skills, try:
    I was the kid who didn’t break apart my Rubik’s cube so that I could get all the colors lined up – I was the kid that solved it. And I’ve not stopped taking on impossible, beat-your-head-against-the wall challenges since.
  • Written in first person – Leave the “I’s,” “me’s,” and “my’s” in your LinkedIn summary. The tone should be conversational, which will resonate with your current and potential connections better than in third person.
  • Geared toward specific people – Before you write a single word in your summary, ask yourself this question: Who am I talking to? Are you interested in attracting recruiters? Potential clients? Someone else? And what will this audience want or need to know about you?
  • Be clear on what the reader should do next – Spell out to your visitors what you’re looking to accomplish and what you’d like for them to do next. Give them a call to action.

Yes, you want to align your message with your key goals and yes, LinkedIn is a professional platform. But remember that your entire LinkedIn profile is a marketing document, showcasing your professional strengths and talents. Don’t be afraid to add some engaging and conversational text to make your profile stand out.

 

Posted in 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.

  • May 26, 2014

american-flag-1Today we remember and honor those that have served our country. Happy Memorial Day!

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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, 2014

Dialing a Cell PhoneSmart phones have allowed us to take the job search on the go. Instead of job searching at home, people are doing so while standing in line at the grocery or while out eating lunch. Companies, like PepsiCo, have rolled out brand new mobile-friendly career sites that allow job hopefuls to apply to their jobs straight from their phone. If you’re not making your smart phone work for you during your job hunt, you may be missing out.

These mobile apps for your job search can help you stay on top of your hunt:

  • Apploi – This app lets you save all of your basic info (name, education, etc) so that you don’t have to keep filling out the same info on multiple job applications
  • Pocket Resume – Create and send your resume straight from your iPhone with this app.
  • LinkedIn Mobile – This app is great not only to stay connected but you can also send messages, look up jobs and stay up-to-date with what’s going on in your industry via LinkedIn today

Posted in Job Search, 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.

  • May 6, 2014

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 diligent when looking for a new job.
Send out 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 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.