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  • September 29, 2014

Did you know that you can turn your LinkedIn profile into a resume in just seconds? It’s easy! Follow the steps below to build your resume from LinkedIn:

  1. Visit the LinkedIn Resume Builder  – Sign in to your LinkedIn account.
  2. Pick a template – Choose from 11 resume templates that suit your style: classic, modern, business, law and more.
  3. Edit – Your resume content is automatically taken from your LinkedIn profile and you are able to customize it as much as you want. Choose which sections (summary, experience, education, etc.) to include and in what order.
  4. Share – Export your resume as a PDF and print it any time.

As an added bonus, LinkedIn gives each resume a custom link that you can share it with others via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Have we connected on LinkedIn? You can find me here.

Posted in 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.

  • September 26, 2014

lonely-man-662778-mRecently, the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management posed an interesting question – can introverts be effective leaders in the workplace? The common thought is that the virtues of extroverted personalities are the most desirable qualities for business leaders, however recent studies show that this may not be the only personality type capable of leadership.

When introverts speak, people listen. In fact, some of the greatest leaders are introverts – Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Google’s Larry Page all consider themselves introverts.

Here are three reasons why introverts can be more effective leaders than extroverts:

  1. They listen more than they speak – Introverts listen, consider what has been said, then speak. Listening allows the leader to consider what everyone has to say, rather than drowning out other people’s ideas with their own.
  2. They are prepared – Unlike extroverts, introverts avoid acting impulsively. Introverts are prone to preparation and hold an even-tempered exterior, projecting confidence.
  3. They require solitude – Introverts need to spend time alone to recharge, which can seem like a bad thing in our social world but it’s actually an advantage. These breaks help introverts fuel creativity and innovation and unlock ideas.

Introverts may not stand out in the traditional sense but it is in the best interest of a business to explore the leadership capabilities of both extroverts and introverts.

Posted in Leadership, 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.

  • September 18, 2014

fired - paid forBeing downsized is one of the most dreadful things that can happen during your professional life. Whether or not your job is currently in jeopardy, you may become a victim of downsizing at some point in your career. What do you do?

Consider the guidelines below on how to manage being downsized, should you ever find yourself suddenly out of a job.

  1. Get angry… later. It’s easy to react with hostility when you’re told that you’re being downsized, but don’t. It’s only human to be upset but acting on those feelings may do harm to a valued relationship that you may not be able to undo.
  2. Don’t take it personally. Sometimes things happen to us that have absolutely nothing to do with who we are o what we’ve done.
  3. Ask for a recommendation. Get a recommendation in writing as soon as possible from your current boss. You can even volunteer to write it yourself. If you don’t receive a recommendation in a timely manner, ask your boss to send a short email or two-line testimonial.
  4. Be a self-promoter. Now is the time to put aside the belief that it’s wrong to toot your own horn.
  5. Grief is good. Grief is a natural response to losing something. It’s a sign of strength, not weakness, to seek counseling in the wake of being downsized.
  6. Accentuate the positive. It may be possible that one of the worst things that could happen to you might turn out to be the best.

Have you recently been downsized? I can provide the tools, perspectives, exercises, and general assistance that will assist you in opening the doors to the career path you desire and deserve. Contact me to learn more today.

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.

  • September 12, 2014

You may be a seasoned professional, but it’s always smart to brush up on your professional etiquette. If you want to leave a positive and lasting impression, you need to know what to say and how to act.

Careerealism has created a quiz to test your professional etiquette. Take a minute to answer the professional etiquette questions below:

1. Your email address looks most like:
(a) John@JohnSmith.com
(b) John.Smith@gmail.com
(c) MrSmitty86@hotmail.com

2. After a job interview, you:
(a) Send a thank you note right away
(b) Send a thank you note a couple of days later
(c) Don’t send a thank you note

3. During meetings, you:
(a) Pay attention closely, ask questions and take notes
(b) Listen, but only speak up when you’re called on
(c) Text the entire time

4. Your emails are generally:
(a) Brief and to the point, but well-written
(b) Long and vague
(c) Riddles with both spelling and grammatical errors

Okay, you’ve probably caught on by now — if you answered mostly As you’re an expert at professional etiquette. You know exactly what to do when it comes to etiquette in the workplace. If you answered mostly Bs, you know the basics but there are a few situations that you don’t know how to answer. Mostly Cs? Your etiquette skills need work. Figure out which areas you need to improve and work on them.

You can take the full 10-question quiz below:

Posted in career, Career Coaching, Job Search, Rodas Coaching, Skills

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.

  • September 11, 2014

american-flag-1Today we remember the victims and heroes of 9/11. Never forget.

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.

  • September 1, 2014

“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the lines between work and play.” – Arnold J. Toynbee

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.