Career Strategists Newsletter. Career Planning, Coaching, and Marketing.
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September 2013

Dear <<First Name>>:     

Networking is invaluable for career advancement, to generate job leads, build long-term relationships and to learn about new and emerging opportunities. Here are some tips for maximizing your next in-person networking experience:

  1. Look good and feel good.  If you're going to an important event and are looking for a job, dress as if you were going on an interview, just make sure your attire is appropriate for the environment and culture.  You only have one chance to make a first impression (our good friend Sara Canaday has a wonderful book out on personal branding).
  2. If you're currently unemployed, have some temporary business cards made up that you can hand out (Vista Print or Office Max can print up inexpensive cards). Don't forget to ask for business cards from people you meet, as well.
  3. Have a 20-second "elevator speech" prepared on who you are, what you do and what your current job or career focus is.  Use your own language and be confident! Most importantly, be authentic and be yourself.
  4. Go early and stay late (often some of the best, most relaxed times for meeting others is immediately before or after a lunch or dinner presentation or event).
  5. Show genuine interest in those you are meeting.  Focus not just on how others can help you, but on how you can help them (we recommend this as a general way to approach life; what comes around, goes around).
  6. If you make connections you want to cultivate, follow-up!  Send an email or initiate a lunch meeting, if appropriate.  If you're meeting a lot of people, if often helps to make a notation on the back of the cards you collect to jog your memory (ex: we discussed Steve Cove, wants information on Wisdom@Work group).
  7. Set an intention for what you want to experience prior to walking into a networking event (i.e., expand your network, generate leads, cultivate new friendships, get resources/referrals, learning/professional growth, etc.). This will help you use your time more effectively and stay focused.
  8. Check your attitude before you interact with others. What is your mindset (positive, negative, neutral) and what are your expectations for this experience? "If you think you can or you think you can't, you are right." – Henry Ford
Lastly, a whole world of networking is also available online (Linked In is one of the top job search tools out there if used effectively). We highly recommend you pick up a copy of our good friend Patti DeNucci’s stellar new book The Intentional Networker to get some specific do’s and don’t’s around networking online, in person and in a variety of other circumstances.
Our coaches help men and women at all life stages hone their brand, develop personal marketing tools (resumes/cover letters) and get a fresh perspective for how they’re being perceived in their field, industry and networking circles. Let us know if we can help at

Let us know how we can help support you. 
Warmly, The Career Strategists Team--Renee, Angie, Sarina, Angela

P.S. Here are the answers to questions new CS clients ask us the most: 

  • Do you work with men and women at all life stages?  YES, our youngest client is 21, our oldest, 75.
  • Do you take credit cards?  YES!
  • Is coaching tax deductible?  YES!
  • Do you offer a free initial consult?  YES!
  • Do you work with clients via phone, Skype and in-person?  YES!

We serve clients around the globe.  Be sure to check out free resources on the Career Strategists Inspiration Café.

Calendar of Events

  • July 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 August 31st!

  • New Way of Being™: Work-Life Effectiveness Teleclass: 
For men and women led by Renee Trudeau. Are you done with overwork, overwhelm and ready to discard your old habitual ways of working and being? Would you like to de-clutter, simplify, learn to leverage the power of self-care and step into a more spacious, free work/life flow? Join Renee as she supports, guides and coaches you into a new way of being and helps you access greater peace and harmony in your everyday life. REGISTER HERE (Class downloads/materials will be sent to you via email).
  • September 16-October 25 ~ The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal: Reclaim, Rejuvenate, Re-Balance Your LifeJoin Renée and Jen Lemen with Hopeful World Publishing for a 6-week interactive, online class.  The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal Online Experience is the perfect solution for anyone seeking to reconnect with who they are and dive deep into the power and energy immediately available when we bring our focus back to self-care.  Learn practices and tools that turn chaos into calm, making family life an experience of love, joy and connection.  Join now as space is limited and we expect the class to fill quickly!  Details here.

  • September 27 ~ Nourishing & Loving Yourself in Your 40's, One day retreat with Renee in Austin, TX. 
  • October 18-20 ~ A New Way of Being: Women's Self-Renewal Retreat, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, The Berkshires, 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.

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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 with Sarina or Angela.


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
  • Entrepreneur/small business planning, start-up and marketing coaching
  • 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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Gift certificates available for all Career Strategists services. Credit cards also accepted for all products/services. Visit our website to learn more about our approach, philosophy, fees and resources to help you design a career that integrates "who you are" with "what you do."


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