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December 2008

Dear Friend:

One of the biggest gifts clients receive from working with a career coach is the opportunity to begin to see what is possible.

Some of the most common phrases we hear in our office from clients are, “I had no idea that company/job/position even existed,” “I didn’t realize I had other options,” and “I never looked at it from that perspective.” Or, “I’m starting to see how limited my thinking has been around what is possible.” (Read more about the Art of Possibility on my blog The Journey.)

As you reflect on your career direction for 2009, consider the following:

  • Observe your thoughts and mindset: how are you limiting yourself? I love the slogan: Don’t believe everything you think!
  • Are you keeping an open mind and staying attuned to new possibilities (internal restructuring, employee departures and layoffs create movement and space for new internal opportunities)?
  • Are you selling yourself short in the job search process or are you going for what you really want (consider joining us Jan. 30th for the Ultimate Job Search Workshop)?
  • Are you asking for and receiving help when it comes to brainstorming or strategizing around your career? It might be time to get some objective, big picture support from a career strategist, mentor or colleague.
  • Are you currently in or considering a career transition but feeling stuck about how to move forward? Set weekly goals, take baby steps and start researching what’s out there (and consider coming to Finding Your Career Mojo, our popular career change workshop).

No matter what you hear about the year to come, all will agree, we are living in a time of uncertainty. Which isn’t a bad thing—at all.

Uncertainty provides us with the opportunity to *pause* and think about what really matters. You might ask, “what feeds me professionally and personally?” And, “what new opportunities or possibilities might exist that I have never considered before?”

Enjoy your holiday season and let the award-winning Career Strategists coaching team know how we can help you. We are honored to serve clients every week from across the U.S. who are in career transition, considering career change, looking for jobs and needing support in marketing themselves, preparing for career advancement and navigating workplace/communication challenges, launching small businesses and seeking greater work/life balance.

We would love to assist you and are scheduling January appointments now. Please call us at 512-459-6700 or Gift certificates are available for all Career Strategists services.

Career Strategists---Renee Trudeau, Angela Estes and Angela Loeb

P.S. If Life Balance is one the areas you want to focus on in 2009, get a jump start by reading Renee’s latest Life Balance Newsletter. This article appeared in a slightly different form in the December issue of Austin Woman magazine.


Just because the job market is tightening in some areas, doesn’t mean that top-notch contributors shouldn’t be compensated for their market worth. Read more.


Are you a small business owner who knows it’s time to get out of your office and start creating new partnerships, secure new business or just get re-energized about work? Choose networking events carefully and make sure you read the following tips before you head out the door. Read more.


January 22: 6:00 - 8:30 pm Finding Your Career Mojo Workshop, a seminar for professionals in career transition, held in Austin. Early bird pricing available through 12/31.

January 30: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm The Ultimate Job Search Workshop, a seminar to help you successfully promote and position yourself in the job market, held in Austin. Early bird pricing available through 1/5.

April 24-26: Women's Self-Renewal Retreat with Renee Trudeau at The Crossings for women in career or life transition. Don’t miss this life-changing retreat and opportunity to de-stress and refresh. Learn more here.

Visit our calendar to view more events or learn how to register!

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

Have a Hectic Schedule? Consider Phone or Email Coaching

Have an erratic schedule but need help with your resume, salary negotiation, interviewing, preparing for your next annual performance review, 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 Renee or Angela.

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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

Visit to learn more about our services and fees and don't hesitate to call or email to let us know how we can help you. (Note: we have varying rates based on clients’ needs and which Career Strategists’ coach you work with.)


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