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  • November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 3I am grateful for having connected with each and every one of you and hope that this Thanksgiving brings you much Peace, Joy and Happiness with friends and family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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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.

  • November 25, 2014

Holiday MealThanksgiving is a powerful holiday, and one of the few that reminds us of what is really important in life. It is a holiday for gratitude — a time to be thankful for everything we have been given, and more.

Here are 5 ideas to ponder this Thanksgiving:

1. Count your blessings.
2. Banish negative thinking.
3. Lend a helping hand to those in need.
4. Connect with friends AND family.
5. Bask in the beauty and abundance of everyday life.

I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with much joy and happiness!

Posted in 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.

  • November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving 2Many people put their job search on hold during the holidays but Thanksgiving gatherings and events can be the perfect time to network. After all, networking is all about making a connection with people and using that connection to help one another. Before you bring up your job hunt at the table, review the tips below to make the most of your networking:

  • Identify what kind of help you’re looking for – Just asking for vague “job help” isn’t going to cut it. Spend some time figuring out the kind of help you need so you are able to make an intelligent request for specific, useful assistance.
  • Connect and research – Start connecting with relatives on LinkedIn and Facebook and use Google to find out more about their careers. Look for connectivity between what you need and the lives of your friends and family members: Where did you aunts and uncles and cousins go to school? Where do they work?
  • Practice you pitch – If you’re going to ask for help, you’ll want to give your listener a solid understanding of what it is you’re looking for and why they should help you out. Remember, how you ask is as important as what you say.

Posted in Career Coaching, 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.

  • November 20, 2014

Are you considering a career move? If so, you may want to take geography into account. You may not have noticed, but cities attract and nurture clusters of workers with complementary and contrasting skills. So you may be interested in an area that has a rich environment of talent in your specialty. Or you may want to find a place where you’d stand out by offering a unique capability.

By mining skills and locations of LinkedIn users, the professional social network built a map that highlights the skills which define almost every major city in each region. You can see from the sample set below that there are very different pockets of skill sets across the US.

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Chicago, IL
Top Skill Category: Business
Top Skills: Market Research and Insights, Trading and Investment, Account Management

Madison, WI
Top Skill Category: Farm & Agriculture
Top Skills: Farm & Agriculture, Life Sciences, Chemistry

New York City, NY
Top Skill Category: Finance
Top Skills: Trading and Investment, Fashion Clothing, Theatre and Drama

Sacramento, CA
Top Skill Category: Real Estate
Top Skills: Ecology & Environmental Science, Integrated Circuit Design, Renewable Energy

Austin, TX
Top Skill Category: Computer
Top Skills: Integrated Circuit Design, Game Development, Embedded System

You can see the full list of cities and interactive map here. If you’re considering a career move, keep in mind that the professional attributes of a city can matter just as much as the attributes of a particular company.

Posted in Job Search, 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.

  • November 13, 2014

green traffic lightWhat is a master? It is someone who resonates with success. It’s a person whose mindset automatically attracts the right people, places, events, and opportunities, and the same mindset that allows the person to jump all over all of those opportunities with gusto, and without fear or hesitation.

I believe that while each of us can do many things well, there is really only one thing that we can truly master, and ironically, while it takes a lot of effort to become a master in what you do, there is no real effort necessary in the thing we can truly master, which is being who we are.

Each of us has a very unique makeup. That makeup, at its core, is perfect, and when we tap into our true core, our real gift to the world is revealed. When you share your true gift with the world, you have mastered your life.

Self-Mastery is made up of 3 parts:
1. Understanding that each of us has a unique gift offering to the world, and that such an offering comes when we are truly authentic.
2. Discovering (remembering) what exactly is our truly authentic self.
3. Sharing who we are with the world, in a way that only we can.

It’s not what you do that matters, nor as much how you do it. Mastering your life is about knowing who you really are, and how you express that in what you do. So instead of trying to better yourself to finally be at a place of deservedness, why not relax, and instead look within to find that which you were really seeking?

Self-Mastery means living an abundant, fulfilled, and enjoyable life. It means feeling in control without having to control anything or anyone. As a master, it means you are at the cause, instead of the effect of your life. Self-Mastery means resonating at a high frequency of energy, and attracting all we could ever want into our lives, and… with little or no effort. I think this is a great way to live.

Posted in Career Coaching, 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.

  • November 7, 2014

Navigating a career change can be tricky at any age, but it becomes more complex as we get older. The risk factor is higher but age shouldn’t stop you from making a career change.

successful mid-level career change tipsWill I find a job? Will I succeed in my new career? There is no risk-free career change but the following guide can help you shape the odds by doing it right:

  • Figure out your strengths and interests – The key to any career search is to uncover your unique strengths, motivators and skills. Identify what energizes you and how that can translate to a new career.
  • Realize that work cannot make you a happy person – A career cannot fulfill you as a person. This is a time for reflection of what’s important to you.
  • Create a financial plan – Changing your occupation is difficult on your wallet if you don’t handle it carefully. Before you embark on change, get your finances in order by paying down your debt and putting money into your savings account.
  • Set realistic goals for your career – Begin by discovering your true career goals through self-assessment (books or online assessment) or by working with a coach.
  • Tap into your professional networks – The people you have in your circles can be good allies when it comes to a mid-life career change. Talk to those who are currently working in your target career.

Are you hoping to make a mid-life career change? Let me help you create a customized plan that is right for you. Contact me today for a free consultation!

 

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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.