Dear Client/Colleague:

The topic of career management has been a relevant one in our home lately. My husband was laid off in 2010 from his software QA job and for several months he’s been exploring where his field/career are headed long-term (will what he does become obsolete, be off-shored, out-sourced or completely automated in the years to come?). This past week, I ran across an interesting article that says our current times are being dubbed the “Mancession” as so many more men than women are being laid-off or are currently unemployed.

And our coaching team—who has been assisting men and women in navigating their career path for more than 20 years--has had many recent conversations with clients about living with polarity (read more), the current recession and how it’s affecting how we all think about and experience “work.”

And we all agree one thing is certain: new skills and perspectives are being called forth in order to thrive, succeed, stay current and forecast where we want our careers and lives to go and how we plan to get there.

In a time when job stability is long gone, contract work can be just as stable as full-time employment, agility and flexibility are essential attributes and career changes are often mandatory, we thought it was the perfect time to share a few tips to help you move into the driver’s seat when it comes to managing your career.

Five Tips to Managing Your Career in a Recession:

1. Keep your skills current and sharp!
Do you regularly participate in training and professional development opportunities? Do you read the trade journals and attend professional conferences in your field or industry? When was the last time you did an informational interview with a senior level professional or mentor in your field to find out if you’re on track professionally?

2. Build a support network (read more). Are you comfortable asking for and receiving help from others? Are you “plugged in” and connected in your field or industry? Do you have a robust professional support system of mentors, advisors and contacts in the public and private sector? One of the biggest mistakes professionals make is allowing themselves to lose touch with what’s going on outside of their company and in their current marketplace (Linked in is a great tool to help you out here).

3. Maintain a big picture perspective. This is a global economy. Do you have a sense about what the biggest challenges your company and industry are facing? Are you aware of current trends, emerging technologies, best practices and areas of opportunity/growth locally, nationally and internationally? Do you know what’s “the next big thing in your industry/field?” (Read more about why you should be envisioning what’s possible.)

4. Leverage your brilliance. Know what you do best and how to harness and leverage your key strengths to their fullest (read more about why this is key). For career sustainability, it’s imperative that you keep asking and exploring, “What am I naturally gifted at and where are my strengths most applicable/valued?” This will increase your marketability and long-term career satisfaction immensely.

5. Strive for balance. A balanced professional = a more creative/innovative/productive professional. Take time to fill your cup first. Self-care is not about self-indulgence, it’s about self-preservation. Know what feeds you and what drains you, say “no” to non-essential activities and be conscious about how you manage and direct your energy so you can enhance work/life alignment (read more).

One of our favorite books for these times is Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age. Pink talks about how crucial and essential it is for all of us, particularly those who have not taken time to develop the right hemisphere of their brain (the side that deals with creativity and relatedness), to become adept at relationship building, idea generation, consensus building, cultivating the ability to see problems from new perspectives and creative problem solving.

Yes, it can often feel overwhelming, exhausting and daunting to step out of the comfort zone of our current jobs and stretch ourselves to learn new things or master new traits, but in our current times, you have no choice. And after serving thousands of career, small business and life management clients over the years, our experience has shown that once you move past the fear and get “unstuck,” the exhilaration of trying something new and becoming more empowered around your career, will leave you feeling more alive than you’ve ever felt before!

January Action Challenge: Watch this short FOX TV interview with Renee on tips for setting New Year’s goals and consider joining Career Strategists company founder/president Friday morning, Jan. 14 for The Career Strategy Workshop: Find a Fit, Create a Plan, Love Your Work. This highly popular Austin-based workshop is ideal for men and women at all professional levels who are wanting support in “jump starting” a change—big or small. We promise when you leave, you’ll never look at “work” the same way again. Also, we encourage you to check out all our upcoming workshops, retreats and events. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event. Let us know how we can support you at info@careerstrategists.net.

Warmly---Renee and the Career Strategists Team

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IS YOUR JOB A FIT? TAKE THE MYERS BRIGGS AND FIND OUT
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Would you like some insight into how others perceive you, what type of work environment and boss are a fit for you, how to improve your EQ (emotional intelligence) and ways to enhance your relationships? The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is the most widely used tool of its type in the world. Email info@careerstrategists.net to set up your personal appointment with Renee today. More details here.

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*NEW* DIY CAREER CHANGE AND JOB SEARCH TOOLKITS!
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Ready to make a change but need a “jump start” to help you get started? On a tight budget or unable to allocate the resources for one-on-one coaching? Purchase a DIY Career Change Toolkit or a DIY Job Search Workshop today—only $99! Learn more.

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HAVE A HECTIC SCHEDULE? CONSIDER PHONE OR EMAIL COACHING
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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 info@careerstrategists.net to learn more. Or, call our office at 512-459-6700 to schedule an appointment with Renee, Sarina or Angela.

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UPCOMING CAREER & LIFE BALANCE EVENTS
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January 3, 7:15 a.m. FOX- 7 News Austin. Considering a Career Change? Five Tips for Success
: an interview with Career Strategists founder/president Renee Trudeau.

January 13, Thursday 7-9:30 p.m.: Biz and Balance Austin Meeting---started by Renee Trudeau in 2004, this is a free professional support organization for self-employed parents. Meets at Corazon at Castle Hill; learn more/register at www.BizandBalanceAustin.org.

January 14, Friday: 9:30-Noon The Career Strategy Workshop: Find a Fit, Create a Plan, Love Your Work
A small, dynamic group-coaching workshop focused on helping you strategically map out your next steps and find work that is a “fit” for you. You will also receive support via our online Career Center, a complimentary coaching session and a subscription to the Career Strategist’s job leads service. **BONUS** receive a free DIY Job Search Toolkit (a $99 value) when you register by January 7th. Class size is limited. CLICK HERE to learn more/register online. Gift Certificates available; credit cards accepted.

January 20th, Thursday: 7:30-8:30 p.m. CST Live Inside Out Life Balance Teleclass with Renee Trudeau *Free* A fun, interactive coaching circle via telephone. Join women from around the world as we reconnect with who we are, cultivate self-compassion and learn to live more intentionally. Learn more and register here.

January 28, Friday9:00 - 3:30 p.m. Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance: A Winter Self-Renewal Retreat at The Crossings. Nurture and nourish yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Tap into new sources for ideas/inspiration/energy in the coming year. Enjoy the beautiful, contemplative grounds on this 200-acre nature preserve. Led by nationally-recognized career/life balance coach and author Renee Trudeau. Ideal for women in career/life transition.For more details and to register click here. Gift Certificates available; credit cards accepted.


February 8, Tuesday: 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Reclaim Your Life: Creating Balance from the Inside Out, a private women’s retreat for Young President’s Organization Alumni in Fredericksburg. Click here to learn more about hiring Renee to create a customized retreat for your professional or civic group. Email sara@reneetrudeau.com for more information.

February 19, Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon The Empowered Entrepreneur. Are you a small business owner who desires to work less, make (and experience) more and be the master–not the slave-to your business? Join us for this highly popular, interactive small group coaching experience. Workshop cost: $175 (bring a friend and you each get $25 off). Register and learn more. Gift certificates available; credit cards accepted.

March 4, Friday: 9:00- 3:30 p.m. Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance: One Day Self-Renewal Retreat with Renee Trudeau at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort and Spa. Nurture and nourish yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Led by nationally-recognized career/life balance expert, coach and author Renee Trudeau. Ideal for women in career/life transition.For more details and to register click here. Gift certificates available; credit cards accepted.

April 29-May 1, Friday-Sunday: Reflect, Reclaim, Re-Balance: A Women's Self-Renewal Retreat , Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, The Berkshires, MA. Nurture and nourish yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. Tap the Transformative Power of Self-Care. 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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HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU? VISIT OUR WEB SITE TO LEARN MORE
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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
  • 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

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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 a complimentary job leads service to let our clients know about jobs in Austin's "underground job market"
  • 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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