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  • January 27, 2015

Are you driven? Creative? Responsible? Bad news – so is everyone else!

LinkedIn just announced their annual list of the most overused, underwhelming buzzwords and phrases of LinkedIn profiles of 2014. Do any of these buzzwords appear on your profile?

  • Motivated
  • Passionate
  • Creative
  • Driven
  • Extensive
  • Responsible
  • Strategic
  • Track record
  • Organizational
  • Expert

The new year is the perfect time to breathe new life into your LinkedIn profile. Banish these boring LinkedIn buzzwords and update your profile with these easy steps:

  • Summary – Don’t just replace those meaningless buzzwords with other lackluster adjectives. Instead, include examples that illustrate how you’re motivated, driven, etc.
  • Profile Photo – Does your profile photo reflect the professional image that you’re trying to portray?
  • Headline – Writ a strong headline that makes people want to learn more about you. If you’re actively seeking a job, say it in your headline.
  • Skills – Listing your Skills on your profile makes you 13 times more likely to be viewed on LinkedIn! Include a mix of high-level and niche skills to showcase your range of talent.

 

Posted in Career Coaching, 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.

  • January 12, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis New Year I would like to challenge you to learn to make conscious choices, choices that are made in the present moment, without all the emotional “baggage” we carry around.

You can think of that baggage as being packed in a suitcase, being an energy block that we carry around with us that dictate how we see the world and that hold us back from reaching our unlimited potential.

One type of suitcase contains your limiting beliefs. Beliefs can either help you or hinder you; limiting beliefs are those that hold you back from success. If you do not believe something is possible, you’re not likely to attempt it. Even if you do attempt it, you won’t devote much energy to achieving that goal.

Limiting beliefs are general beliefs about the world, your environment and situation, and the people around you that stand in your way. More often than not, you accept a limiting belief as true because you’ve learned it from someone else, or from an “authority,” such as the media, a book, or a movie. You assume that it’s “just the way it is.”

Here are a couple of common limiting beliefs that hold many of us back. How about you have to work really hard to achieve success? Or that successful people are lucky? Or that you have to have money to make money?

There are several ways to challenge limiting beliefs. You can explore the effect the belief has had on your life, look for proof of its truth (or lack of proof), or modify the belief or aspects of the belief to better serve you. Simply examining the belief with questions like “How true do I believe that is?” and the rhetorical “Where did I get that idea?” can also work remarkably well. Once you overcome limiting beliefs, they can no longer hold you back.

This month, think about examining the contents of your limiting beliefs suitcase. Unpack it, and see how much lighter you feel.

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.

  • January 5, 2015

happy-new-year-3-450635-m2015 is your year to create the life and career that you want and deserve. It’s your year to follow your passion and live your life to the fullest, surrendering all that has held you back in the past and taking a leap of faith that will shift your perspective and create new habits that will transform your life.

No one is going to do this for you. It takes work, and it’s up to you to take that leap that is going to push you into an amazing life full of joy, peace and happiness. Be determined, trust, stay motivated, and have faith that you can create whatever you want to create in your life and in your career.

Be fearless in 2015! Don’t allow fear to beat you down or take away your power. Look fear in the eye and say to yourself I am going to win in all areas of my life this year! I am capable of making great things happen this year and beyond.

Expect miracles this year! The New Year allows you to open your heart, mind and spirit to the awesome possibilities that await you.

I wish you a year filled with spectacular and awe inspiring success!

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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.

  • January 1, 2015

Wishing you a New Year filled with spectacular opportunities and much success throughout 2015!

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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.