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July, 2008

Dear Friend:

How is your summer 2008 theme unfolding (read my last newsletter for more on this)? Are you enjoying the lazy days of summer, or maybe they're not as lazy as you had hoped?

Regardless of your schedule during these summer months, this is the season that most of us--often out of necessity--slow down. This change in pace provides us with a great opportunity to handle some inner "career work" we may have pushed to the side, namely: healing from the past.

Every year, we support hundreds of professionals who are working on career changes, promotions, job searches, starting new businesses, creating partnerships and long-term career planning.

One of the biggest hurdles many of them face is not how to create a razzle dazzle resume or conduct a strategic informational interview, but understanding how to release old resentments and wounds around previous jobs, employers, bosses or business relationships.

Before you say "that's not me, I've let all my 'stuff' go around XYZ," pause. Is all your energy really focused around your next step and what you're currently creating for yourself, or, on occasion (or even weekly) do old, negative thoughts creep in about a previous work or business relationship?

If yes, it's time to move on. For good. Here are some tips to support your healing so you can direct your attention towards your true goals:

• Ask, "What do I need to do to heal from my experience with XYZ?" Your internal guidance will direct you to what you need to release the old and move on.

• Realize that every time you give attention to XYZ, it's taking valuable energy away from your true focus. Is that really what you want?

• Write a letter to XYZ, sharing exactly what you say if you were to meet the individual or group of individuals. This can be incredibly cathartic (you might even want to burn this afterwards). But, don't send it! This is just for you.

• If it was a particularly toxic encounter, consider taking some time to journal about the experience daily or once a week. Even just answering the question: "what do I need to do to heal and release this experience?”, would be great.

• Get some professional help. If you find yourself constantly ruminating about the past (particularly if you were layed off or fired), you might consider seeing a therapist to gain greater self-awareness about how/why you were triggered. Ask friends for recommendations for counselors in your area. I personally think is great stuff.

• Create a "vision board" for your next career phase--something a lot of our clients like to do. Here is a great article on "how to". This can help you begin to shift your focus and attention to what's really important.

• Invest in yourself and attend a retreat or workshop that is all about supporting you in creating "what's next." Consider my upcoming Aug. 22nd Finding Your Career Mojo Workshop or my Sept. 26-28 Fall Self-Renewal Retreat, both are for professionals in career transition. You can also learn more about my favorite retreat spots at: The Power of Retreating, a previous life balance newsletter.

• Take ownership of your feelings. It's really easy to blame, project and want someone else to be responsible for our "stuckness." But in brief moments of clarity, we really know it takes two to tango.

Lastly, be easy on yourself. Many of my friends who are therapists talk about how we often unknowingly "recreate" family dynamics at work. If your last boss reminded you of your overbearing mother, try to maintain some levity around the situation and give yourself a break. Then, unhook and move on!

We'll be thinking of you. Warmly, Renee and Angela

IN THE NEWS: If you didn't catch us, check out the June 16th issue of US News and World Report featuring Renee's new book and women's groups and July's Family Circle to learn Renee's strategies for Self-Renewal!

************************************************************************ UPCOMING RENEE TRUDEAU WORKSHOPS/EVENTS
August 22nd: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Finding Your Career Mojo Workshop in South Austin.

Sept. 26-28: Fall 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.

**************************************************************************** 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 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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