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Career Strategists Newsletter. Career Planning, Coaching, and Marketing.
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April 2014

Dear <<First Name>>:

Last week I gathered with a small group of friends in my home. They shared they’ve been feeling a sense of sadness—almost a mourning—that the world as we know it is gone. It feels as if we’re headed into a faster, more challenging, diverse frontier and we need to need to create a whole new set of tools for navigating this unknown landscape.
 
We’re facing unprecedented levels of change, uncertainty and chaos. In this time when economic and political volatility has become a mainstay, we’re juggling parenting our parents, managing dual-income households, navigating globalization and living farther away from our families, fighting off digital overwhelm, dealing with fallout from natural disasters and the list goes on. In addition to all these outward changes, we’re also being called to transform internally.  Humanity is undergoing huge consciousness shifts and many of us are feeling the call to evolve and embrace a new way of being.
 
Across the board, the majority of my friends, colleagues, clients —and even my own family—are all navigating uncertainty and experiencing some type of transition right now. So how do we keep our sanity—not to mention sense of inner peace—in the face of so much change?
 
For many of us, living in the unknown can often feel worse than receiving actual “bad news” (i.e. news that is contrary to what we want!). It can conjure up the old “waiting for the other shoe to fall” feeling. It can feel unsettling, elicit overwhelm and challenge the illusion that we’re in charge!
 
After putting our son to bed last night, my husband and I discussed this theme. Yes, we agreed, change can bring up all types of fears. But, if you’re willing to keep breathing and stay with this feeling, there is also a place within the unknown that is exhilarating, fresh and filled with potential and re-birth. If you can move out of “paralysis by analysis,” living in the unknown can be an incredible opportunity for spiritual, personal and professional growth. Sometimes I think we need the reminder that it’s ok to outgrow your old clothes and try on something you never thought was your style. Who knew there were gifts that could come from swirling uncertainty?!
 
Living in the unknown can provide you with the opportunity to:
  • Examine your values (what’s most important to you?) and be willing to explore life from the inside out
  • Practice gratitude: giving thanks for all you do have; a daily gratitude practice shifts your mood faster than anything else!
  • Define what happiness really means to you (your answer may surprise you!)
  • Identify your anchors and what you need to truly rejuvenate and deeply nourish yourself
  • Live more in the present moment (right here, right now is the only true stress-free zone)
  • Explore your contemplative side: step back and take time to reflect and examine your fears and barriers to success
  • Pause and examine how you see things (do you play the “what if” up game or the “what if” down game; are you an optimist or a pessimist?)
  • Build a support network: get comfortable asking for and receiving help
  • Imagine the possibilities: are you open to expanding into an even better life/job/relationship/business than you ever imagined?
  • Serve others, volunteer: nothing pulls us out outside of ourselves faster that working in a soup kitchen
  • Embrace your body: breath work, yoga, conscious movement are essential tools for navigating uncertain times

Are you willing to explore the gifts that come from being in a state of limbo? Life is continually shifting: chaos, order, chaos and so on. This week I’m playing with the concept of being just as comfortable with the wild unknown as I am with those forces in my life that ground me. I’d love to hear how you navigate chaos.

Warmly, Renee and Career Strategists Senior Coaches: Angela, Sarina and Debbie info@careerstrategists.net /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:
 

  • April 1-30~ 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 April 30th!
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  • June 20-22 ~ A New Way of Being: Women's Self-Renewal Retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. Tap into the transformative power of self-care to nourish your body, heart and soul. Learn to integrate self-renewal strategies into your daily life, slow down and access your Wise Self and step into a New Way of Being. Led by nationally-recognized career/life balance expert, coach and author Renee Trudeau at beautiful Kripalu. Ideal for women in career/life transition. Details here
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Job search tip

Set regular hours and adhere to a weekly structure. We encourage our clients to set weekly attainable "mini" goals on Monday a.m. (example 3 informational interviews, 2 networking events and applying to 10 jobs) and then take a break on Friday to reward yourself if you've hit your goals. The reward might be taking a hike, seeing a movie or whatever feels like downtime to you. An effective job search is about spending focused, quality time on high-yielding activities. It's not about how many resumes you can send out each week!  
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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 info@careerstrategists.net to learn more. Or, call our office at 512-459-6700 to schedule an appointment. 

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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
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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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