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  • July 28, 2015

books-1421560-1280x1280_free imageOne of the best ways to gain tips and knowledge for advancing your career is by reading career strategy books. The summer months are the perfect time to catch up on all those books you keep meaning to read, but haven’t had the time to.

Your time is valuable and there are endless reading options to choose from, so here is a list of good books for your career that will provide you with solid takeaways:

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others
Daniel H. Pink

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
David Allen

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard
Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business and Life
Joe Sweeny

Lose Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness
Kerry Hannon

See a great book that I left off the list? Share your favorite reads in the comment section below.

Posted in Career 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 21, 2015

Being fired is never easy to talk about, especially with a potential new employer. Whether or not it was your fault, the new employer is going to want an explanation and you can’t lie. It’s important to be honest about your exit, but with savvy (if necessary.)

Before you go into an interview, have your answer prepared. You don’t want to be caught without an answer and failure to disclose can put you out of consideration for a position. Be sure to have all the information readily available to address any questions the potential employer might have.

It is difficult – but not impossible – to explain your side of the issue without being negative about your previous employer. Be factual, but remember to steer the conversation back to a more positive area “I was not a great fit for that position when my duties changed. My strengths are much more in the area of…”

Career Advice Report suggests going one step further by saying something positive about your last employer. No matter how miserable your situation was, be the bigger person and find something honestly good to say. Your new employer will consider how you speak about your previous employer as the same way you will speak about them when you’re part of the company.

Getting fired can be disheartening but it’s not the end of the world. Turn it around and make something good out of it. Perhaps your career had stalled and you failed to recognize it. This could be the kick in the pants you needed to get you moving again. If you’re not sure where to turn, speak with a career coach that can help guide you.

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.