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  • February 15, 2016

Presidents Day_Rodas

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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 15, 2016

calendar_free imageIt’s no coincidence that your New Year Resolutions coincide with the best time of the year to search for a new job. According to Wisebread, the beginning of the year is one of the the best times to begin your job search.

There are many factors that make this time of year the best for your job hunt. Winter is the time of year when the most decision makers are in the office at the same time. These decision makers often work together to make hiring choices. This is also the time when many companies tend to pick up the office work that slowed down in December. And many companies get their new budgets in January, which tends to be when hiring decisions can be made with confidence.

If you haven’t already started sending your resume out, don’t hesitate any longer!

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.

  • December 28, 2015

What resolutions are you making for your career in the new year?

Share your career resolution on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn with the hashtag #RodasResolution and be entered to win three 30-Minute Career Coaching Sessions!

The contest runs through January 9th and one winner will be announced on January 14, 2016.

If you need inspiration, you can see our list of Career New Year’s Resolutions.

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.

  • December 24, 2015

Wishing you a holiday filled with passion, inspiration, love and happiness, and a New Year filled with spectacular opportunities and much success!

Rodas Christmas

 

 

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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.

  • December 18, 2015

reminder_free imageAs you begin to make your resolutions for 2016, don’t forget to include your job search.The new year is the perfect time to commit to actions that will make positive changes in your career.

If you need some assistance with your career resolutions, we’ve got some suggestions to get you started:

  • I will reach out to one new person a week who can help me with my job search
  • I will make sure my LinkedIn profile is complete and up-to-date
  • I will set up informational interviews with hiring managers, even if they aren’t currently hiring
  • I will perfect my elevator pitch
  • I will dedicate the appropriate amount of time to my job search
  • I will educate myself on a topic that is relevant to my industry
  • I will volunteer my time
  • I will be open to asking for help
  • I will be open to new job titles and departments

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.

  • November 26, 2015

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

Happy Thanksgiving_Rodas Coaching

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.

  • October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween_Rodas Coaching

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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 21, 2015

folder_free imageA recent study examined how today’s hiring managers evaluate candidates. As predicted, relevant work experience and skills are the most important aspects of a resume for hiring managers. 74 percent said the most important factor in hiring is the interview. Surprisingly, only 18 percent of hiring managers ranked cover letters as important, being outweighed by the interview, resume, references and soft skills.

As millennials take over management roles, they are relying on a broader set of methods for getting to know potential employees – candidate’s level of education, schools attended and GPA (27%, 13%, and 16%, respectively). With this set of hiring managers, the cover letter paragraphs about passions and key skills seems to be fading out.

So will a cover letter hurt you? Bloomberg points out that 55 percent of hiring managers said typos were the biggest turnoff, so why risk a typo when a cover letter is unlikely to help you land the job?

On the other hand, if you have a stellar cover letter, you may stand out as one of the few people still sending them.

Where do you stand on the cover letter debate? As a job seeker, do you still send them? As a hiring manager, how much weight do you place on these in the interview process? Leave your opinions in the comment box below.

Posted in Career Coaching, Interview, 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.

  • September 23, 2015

pen-and-paper_free imageFinding the right career – one that is rewarding, meaningful, and enjoyable – is one of the most challenging things a person will ever do. With today’s tough job market, it’s important that professionals find their competitive edge. An outside opinion can be helpful to guide you in times of uncertainty or in moments for motivation.

The Ladders points out that a career coach can help job seekers handle everything from resume consulting to interview training. Choosing the right coach can not only help you land a great job, but ensure it’s the right fit, giving you the long-term success you desire.

Here are some things a career coach can do for you:

Expert Career Advice
Before you launch your next job search, a career coach will act as an advisor to determine your skill set and long-term goals. Then they will help you come up with a strategy to achieve your goals.

Resume Review
A career coach will review your existing resume and provide tips on how to improve it. They can also review your LinkedIn profile.

Job Interview Training
A career coach can help you formulate responses to match your personal branding, so you’ll know how to answer difficult questions.

Do you feel stuck in your career? Do you want greater professional success? Career Coach Deborah Sakelaris is known for her exceptional personalized career coaching programs focused on client’s very unique needs. Her only focus is about getting real results and going above and beyond traditional routes to help you achieve your career goals. Contact Deborah today to learn more about Career Coaching.

 

Posted in Career Coaching, Job Search

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.