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  • November 26, 2015

I am thankful for having connected with each and every one of you.

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I 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. – See more at: http://rodascoaching.com/2014/11/#sthash.V5zRnu6r.dpuf

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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 12, 2015

Olive Grove at SunsetDid you know that Autumn is the best season to look for a new job? Let the crisp cool air revitalize your job search!

5 steps to make your career dreams a reality before the end of the year:

1. Get focused

The summer is a tough time to spend inside job searching. Who wants to sit at a computer all day when you could be swimming with your friends or taking a vacation? In autumn, school starts back up, people go back to work and the majority of those distractions disappear. You’ll be able to focus better and hopefully land a new job in less time.

2. Have a current resume and LinkedIn profile

Go into your autumn job search armed with a truly stunning resume and LinkedIn profile—one that will fill you with confidence! Have a professional review and rewrite these documents to make you stand out from the crowd.

3. Create a clear, concise and understandable elevator pitch

Break your basic elevator pitch down into three parts:

  • Intro to you, discipline, sector
  • Value you have brought previously (one or two “knock out punches” (i.e.. financial & other tangible performance results are ideal here)
  • Aspirational piece – what are you now looking for?

4. Build a networking strategy

Recruiting budgets start to shrink as the end of the year approaches, which means that more job openings will likely be filled through employee referrals or networking. Meet new people online and offline to learn about unadvertised job openings for which you might be a good fit.

5. Manage your search proactively

Documentation and follow up are the keys to any successful job search. Create your own job search log or use the job search log template that Excel offers to make sure you are documenting every single activity you do to land your next position. Once your documentation is completed each week, you will be able to see who you need to follow up with to move you closer to your dream job.

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.