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  • October 31, 2014

Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition! Did you know that the word Halloween dates back to 1745 when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts? The word “Halloween” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening” and comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve, evolving over time into Halloween.

I hope your life and career are filled with more treats than tricks!

 

halloween night

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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.

  • October 30, 2014

InterviewFinding the right recruiter for you can be difficult. Job seekers often complain about recruiters being hard to reach or unhelpful, but professional recruiters do exist. If you’ve had trouble connecting with the right recruiter, use this advice on how you should go about choosing what recruiters to work with.

Identify Strong Client Relationships
Ask a recruiter how long they have been working with a particular client and how many placements they’ve made within the firm. Being represented by someone with no real client relationships can be worse than sending your resume in yourself.

Identify Signs of Honesty
Look for hints of brutal honesty early in the process. The best recruiters are the ones that tell you what you don’t want to hear – that you aren’t fit for the job, that your resume needs work, etc. Be leery of someone who promises the world and then disappears.

Find Someone Who Will Sit Down With You
Look for a recruiter who will want to meet you in-person to understand what you’re looking for and what you would like to avoid. Great recruiters don’t just represent good resumes, but also good people.

You can see even more ways to differentiate good recruiters here.

Posted in Career Coaching, Interview, 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 24, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are many different purposes for networking – to meet new people in your industry, to get your name out there, and even to find a new job. But how do you answer “what do you do?” when you’re looking for a new career? Do you talk about what you have been doing or what you wish to be doing? The Ladders have come up with alternative conversation entry points to help you steer networking conversations with confidence.

“I work in X industry doing Y.”
In this case, Y is your broader career goal rather than your current job description. The next question in the conversation will likely be about what you do and the future of your work.

“I am trying to figure out where to go from X, taking time to figure it out and plotting my next move.”
In this instance, X will be an explanation of the last work project you were excited about. Choose a project about which you know a great deal. Before you finish your conversation, ask the other person, “What do you think your next career move will be?” This conversation opener tends to create discussions about life in general.

“I’m learning about X right now, which is very exciting. What are you learning about in your work?”
With this response, you will likely be asked why and how you are learning X. If you are excited about learning and expanding your skill set, this is your perfect introduction.

With these alternative introductions, you can direct your conversations. Try writing out your answers to the conversation starters above so you will be ready to succeed at your next networking event.

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.

  • October 22, 2014

Businessman silhouetteBeing a successful leader at the office can be a challenge. Whether you aspire to be a CEO or an entrepreneur, you should be actively working on improving your leadership skills.

If you want to become a better leader, Entrepreneur Magazine has some tips for you:

  • Encourage employees to disagree with you – Companies get in trouble if everyone is afraid to speak truth to power.
  • When people err, don’t destroy them – But make sure they learn whatever lesson there is to be learned from the mistake.
  • Be constantly learning and curious – Ask yourself, “What is it that I don’t learn that I should know?”
  • Be focused – Stick to one goal at a time.
  • Practice leadership skills daily – Practice makes perfect.

Would you like assistance with your leadership development? Let me help you achieve your career goals! Email Deborah for a free consultation today.

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.

  • October 15, 2014

1424509_79211912One of the biggest mistakes we can make is assuming that our career will naturally progress with experience. Similar to other goals, achieving your career aspirations takes strategic planning and execution.

Have you created an actionable strategy when it comes to your professional career? Kathy Leck of the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management recommends evaluating where you are in your career and where you would like to be. Below are some methods and measurable tools to help you take the strategic lead in your own career:

  • Step 1: Review previous roles, accomplishments and opportunities
    Evaluate previous professional opportunities and accomplishments to see what you enjoyed or disliked and to create a definition of your ideal future role. What have you contributed to your organization in a tangible way? What kind of environment do you prefer? When and where do you feel your best at work?
  • Step 2: Assess personal skills
    Your skills change and improve every year you are employed. Make a list of your knowledge-based and interpersonal skill sets. What are you good at? What skills need improvement? How competitive are your talents within your niche sector?
  • Step 3: Visualize your progression
    What does your ideal new role look like? What would you be able to contribute if you had it? Articulate how it would evolve and what it would entail in detail.
  • Step 4: Map out your action plan
    Heading into your goal without mapping out an action plan won’t get you the results you desire.
  • Step 5: Set measurable timelines
    Work backwards from a proposed date or year and break down your action plan into measurable units and measurable experiences you need to have. Schedule check-in dates and benchmarks to monitor your progress.

If you would like help mapping out your future career path, contact me for a free consultation. My unique 4 Door Process will get you on the path to the career you desire and deserve.

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.

  • October 10, 2014

open handsSimply submitting your resume doesn’t ensure that it will land in the hands of a hiring manager, but there are a few things you can do to help your chances. Use these tips to get your resume past HR to those who actually make the hiring decisions:

  • Research keywords related to your role and insert them in your resume, LinkedIn profile and any other social media profiles that you use for professional purposes. There is always a chance that hiring managers could find you on social media and then ask for your resume. Adding keywords makes you easier to be found.
  • Do a search on LinkedIn to see how you are connected to your target company. You can ask for an introduction to a company employee through any first, second or third degree connections.
  • Mix online and offline techniques . Once you find someone to connect with using online research, consider taking the conversation offline by setting up a phone call or meeting at a networking event.

You can try a combination of these tactics or try the same ones repeatedly until you get the results you want. Remember, there is no magic solution but these are a few ways to improve your chances.

Posted in Resume, 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.