Open Door Blog » 2014 » July
  • July 24, 2014

Screen shot 2014-07-24 at 3.15.46 PMBased on the book, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” YouTern came up with seven traits closely associated with job seekers who routinely enjoy career success.

Highly successful job seekers:

  • Are proactive – They know how fickle the job market is so they adopt a proactive mentality and are always prepared for the next opportunity. They make sure their career marketing documents – resumes, portfolios, LinkedIn profiles – are up-to-date.
  • Exude confidence – They know their value and the contributions they have made and are able to articulate that with confidence.
  • Invest in their careers – They assess their personal strengths and recognize their areas for growth.
  • Have a circle of influence – They have built their own circle of influence because they know they cannot accomplish much on their own and they need the support of others to succeed. It includes individuals whose career trajectory they would like to emulate.
  • Are active on social media – They know that social media is an equal opportunity platform that offers opportunities to have a presence, drive engagement and build credibility.
  • Demonstrate cross-cultural competency – They make a deliberate effort to operate in different cultural settings because they know the value of having diverse groups of people working together.
  • Know how to collaborate in virtual teams – They have well-developed skills to work productively and cooperatively in virtual teams.

After reading tho traits above, ask yourself how many of these habits you consistently demonstrate.

 

Posted in Career Coaching, Job Search

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 18, 2014

Do you want to see your LinkedIn efforts pay off? Start by scheduling a daily 20-minute appointment with your LinkedIn account and doing what highly successful LinkedIn users do every day:

  • Review “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” (4 minutes) – See who has been looking at your LinkedIn profile and then reach out people you should connect with. YouTern says to view this as if you are a shop owner – viewing your profile is the equivalent of walking into your store, so be sure to reach out.
  • Send Invitations to Connect (4 minutes) – Each day, reach out to those you met in person or online the day before and invite them to connect.
  • Check Out and Get Involved in Group Discussions (3 minutes) – When you find the right group who are talking about the right things, don’t miss your chance to weigh in.
  • Investigate People in Your Saved Search Results (6 minutes) – Once you have defined your target connections, gather information from their profiles as to what might be the most appropriate next step.
  • Post a Status Update (3 minutes) – A LinkedIn status update is the best marketing feature on LinkedIn. It’s a great way to communicate with your handpicked audience (your connections.)

While you’re putting these tips to use, connect with me on LinkedIn!

 

Posted in Job Search, LinkedIn, 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 10, 2014

picnic tablesWe survived the long winter and summer is finally here! Between the pool parties and backyard BBQs, you don’t want to let your job search efforts slide. In fact, you can turn all of those parties into networking events that may lead you to your next great job opportunity.

So that you can enjoy your summer while also making the most of your job search, Huffington Post has created some good guidelines for your summer job search:

  • Keep it informal – If you meet someone that you feel could be a good professional contact, keep the conversation more personal and informal – don’t “talk shop” unless they initiate it. You don’t want to hurt a potentially great opportunity by being too aggressive.
  • Don’t forget to follow-up – If you were able to meet someone in a position to hire or just a great connection, introduce yourself. Then, follow-up a few days later on LinkedIn to see if they’d be interested in meeting for lunch or an informational interview.
  • Build a network – Although summer is a time to have fun, keeping in touch with a small network of people who are working towards the same goal will keep your job search on track. Use this group to stay up-to-date about new job opportunities and to hold yourself accountable. You can communicate in-person or online through email chains.
  • Re-evaluate your job search – Carve out a little time in your day to make sure the path you’re headed in is still the right one for you. Also assess and update your resume and skills. With a little extra time, you could take a class at a local college or volunteer to help with projects in your neighborhood. Not only will this keep your resume fresh but it will help you expand your network by meeting new people.

Of course summer is also for fun and relaxation, but don’t forget that a potential job opportunity may arise at your next summer gathering.

Posted in Career Coaching, 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.

  • July 4, 2014

american-flag-1Happy 4th of July! May your day be filled with pride and honor.

Posted in Uncategorized

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.