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March 2014

Dear <<First Name>>:

The week before finals my freshman year in college, my dad had a massive heart attack. I was devastated and this event changed the course of my life. But what saddens me as I look back on that rough time, was that I didn’t ask for support. Other than sharing the news with my closest friend, I kept my feelings, fears and needs to myself, donned my armor and marched straight into my exams as unprepared as anyone would be who didn’t know if their parent was going to make it to the next day. I think I failed all but one of my tests.
Every week our career coaching team supports men and women at all levels from around the world on career changes, job searches and identifying, finding and creating work that fits them inside and out. Over the years, we’ve observed that people who are comfortable asking for and receiving help—whether that’s from a coach, a therapist, a mentor, professional organization, business partner, neighbor, friend or colleague—experience greater success and feel more connected and confident in all areas of their lives. Having a support system can have a huge impact on how you experience day-to-day life.

Research shows that individuals who have robust support systems:
  • Are more effective at work and at home (they feel as if they have a “team” behind them and that they’re not all alone)
  • Keep resolutions, particularly those involving their health and physical well-being
  • Weather personal and professional challenges more easily (read about my journey through depression)
  • Are less likely to feel overwhelmed and find it easier to maintain perspective
  • Stay healthier on all levels—mentally, physically and emotionally
  • Are less likely to feel isolated (isolation can lead to feelings of despair and failure) and experience less stress and burnout
  • Have children who are comfortable asking for and receiving support and help from others
One of the hardest lessons I’ve ever learned was how to ask for and receive help. And I haven’t mastered it yet! In Building a Support Network (Ch. 10) from my new life balance book, Nurturing the Soul of Your Family, I share about my personal journey to this newfound skill and what a profound impact it’s had on my life. (This chapter also includes a powerful exercise on how to identify your personal/professional needs and craft a support wheel.) It’s not just acceptable to need others; it’s in our innate nature to give and receive help. We are meant to experience community and connection, to lean on each other, not just when things get tough — but every day! Try the following exercise from this chapter. Close your eyes for a minute and place one hand over the center of your chest. Take a deep breath. Observe with curiosity and compassion whatever thoughts and feelings “asking for help” stirs up for you.
When you’re ready, explore the following:
  1. What would it look like to take the first steps toward allowing support into my life?
  2. How would it feel to be more supported — personally and professionally — in all areas of my life?
  3. How might my family life and relationships shift if I began to ask for and receive more support?
Let us know how we can support you on your career and life path this spring and check out our upcoming self-renewal events, our new self-study life balance telecourses and the resources section on our life balance website for some free support. This spring, our Career Strategists career coaches will have been supporting professionals for more than 15 years on career changes, career fulfillment and work/life balance, career/life transitions and in developing strategic job search plans. Contact us for a free initial consult and let us know if we can help you gain clarity and focus on your next steps. 
Warmly, Renee and Career Strategists Senior Coaches: Angela, Sarina and Debbie /512-459-6700
P.S. The Career Strategists coaching team—a boutique coaching firm based in Austin and serving clients worldwide via personal sessions, phone, Skype—has been supporting clients around the globe since 1999. We are incredibly grateful to do the work we do and find tremendous joy and satisfaction in knowing we have helped thousands of men/women find their calling and experience enhanced job satisfaction. Read some of our past newsletters here to learn more about our philosophy.

Upcoming career and work/life balance events:

  • March 1-31~ RTA-Certified Facilitator Training: Are you self-employed and interested in expanding your business beyond individual client work? Join an international community and receive training on how to facilitate self-renewal groups/retreats/ teleclasses for women based on the award-winning The Mother's Guide to Self-RenewalLearn more. Or, click here to find a Personal Renewal Group in your area. *Offering $100 off training certification through March 31st!

  • *Available Now!* Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal Online Experience ~ a self-study telecourse. Learn more 
  • *Available Now!* New Way of Being: Learning to Go with the Flow self-study telecourse. Learn more
  • March 19th 11:30-1:00  ~ Women Communicators of Austin, Renee will speak on: Finding Work/Life Balance: 4 Strategies to Help You Enhance Career Success, Grow Resiliency and Love Your Life

Job search tip

Did you know you have a personal brand? Yes, your cover letter and resume are part of this, but so is your voice mail recording (what incoming callers hear); voice mail messages you leave for recruiters or potential employers, how and when you arrive for interviews (early, on time, etc.), appearance of and verbiage for thank you notes or any other correspondence to your potential employer (including email and written messages), your appearance: professional dress, hair, shoes earrings, makeup and demeanor: calm, harried, high energy, low energy are all part of this. Your references: 1) who you choose, 2) what they do and where they work and 3) what they say about you and how they say it, your body language: handshake, eye contact, posture, how you carry yourself, how you sit in an interview, your energy level and how much interest and/or enthusiasm you exude and whether or not you mention your current or past employers and how you speak about them are also part of your brand --what makes you unique and differentiates you from other job seekers. Review this list and make sure you're projecting the image you desire! 
Hectic schedule? Try phone or email coaching

Need quick help preparing for your next annual performance review, an interview, resources for starting a new business, assistance jump starting your job search or creating more balance in your life? Consider setting up a phone or email coaching session. Convenient, personalized and affordable. Clients say phone/email coaching is highly effective and a great way to get laser-feedback on very specific career, small business or work/life balance issues.

Email to learn more. Or, call our office at 512-459-6700 to schedule an appointment. 

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How can we support you? Visit our website to learn more

Career Strategists' Personalized Services Include:

  • Strategic career planning and management assistance
  • Client marketing, branding and positioning services (including resume and cover letter review/development)
  • Coaching on job transitioning, interviewing and salary negotiation
  • Tailored job search strategy sessions
  • Work/life balance coaching, groups, workshops and keynote addresses
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment and interpretation sessions for individuals and groups
  • Customized presentations and seminars for companies and groups

Things we do for our clients

Career Strategists' clients receive personalized, targeted, strategic resources, support and guidance to help them create a life and career that is aligned with their personal and professional values. Did you know we:

  • Offer email coaching support to all of our clients who purchase career packages and typically respond to our clients' questions within 24 hours
  • Offer complimentary access to our new online password-protected Career Management Resource Center, packed with hundreds of tips, how-to lists, articles and resource lists on Career Management/Job Search, Personal Branding/Marketing and Work/Life Balance
  • Provide our clients with connections and referrals to companies/organizations to help them move forward on their career or life path
  • Create special exercises just for our clients to help them gain greater clarity and focus while navigating their career path
  • Offer a discount to all current Career Strategists' clients on single sessions
Check out our coaching packages and fees to learn more about our services and don't hesitate to call or email to let us know how we can help you. (Note: we have different rates levels based on which Career Strategists’ coach you work with.)

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