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May, 2008

If one does not know to which port they’re sailing, no wind is favorable. - Seneca

Dear Friend:

I love summer. Even before I had a child and got on a school calendar schedule, summer months always signified a time of slowing down for me.

Part of that may be attributed to the searing Texas heat, but I also like to think it was about creating a space for rest and renewal in between an often hectic spring and a “start new things” fall. (As someone who always starts new projects and jobs in the fall, a scholar once remarked I must have Native American blood. He said many ancient cultures traditionally celebrate the New Year and new beginnings in September.)

Regardless, I will be working this summer, but do plan to let those close to me know that I’ll be moving into June, July and August very intentionally—and with a theme.

If you were to choose a personal theme for summer ‘08, what might it be? Clarity/focus around your career direction, rest and renewal, inspiration, exploration of new opportunities, support (asking for and receiving), creativity, connection (with family or self), self-care?

Here are a few resources/events to support you in manifesting your intention:

• Take a one-day personal life/career planning retreat. Read the chapter on Managing Your Energy from The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal to learn more. Or, order a copy of the book for your retreat, today.

• Thursday evening, May 29th (north central Austin): Finding Your Career Mojo Workshop. Relaxed, fun, interactive and powerful. Join a small group of other mid-senior level professional men and women for this empowering and supportive workshop (including $650 worth of services).

• Friday, June 13th: Free Self-Renewal Workshop/Book Signing at BookPeople.

• Sign up for Angela Estes’ Women’s Summer Self Renewal Group (especially for mothers) via telephone. Click here for more information. Or visit to find a summer self-renewal group in your area.

• Sept. 26-28: Fall Self-Renewal Retreat with Renee Trudeau at The Crossings. Ideal for women in career or life transition.

If you put on a t-shirt this month that said “Summer of _______ (fill in the blank),” what would it say? I challenge you to finish this sentence and decide your theme by May 31st. And, I’d love to hear you share this on the comments sections of my most recent blog posting: Summer of ....

We hope to see you soon.
Warmly, Renee and Angela

Note: Angela is scheduling complimentary 30 minute initial consultations for new clients through May. Email angela@careerstrategists or call her at 512-944-8541. Learn more about Career Strategists’ senior career coach here. Renee is currently booking September appointments but does maintain a waiting list.

- Read the recent Austin American Statesman article featuring Renee Trudeau by Sarah Lindner on Forging Your Career Path.

- Learn some tips for setting yourself apart in the job search and interviewing process.

Visit to learn more about how we can support you.

************************************************************************ UPCOMING RENEE TRUDEAU WORKSHOPS/EVENTS
May 29th: 6:30-9:00 p.m., THUR.: Finding Your Career Mojo Workshop in North Central Austin.

June 13th: 7:00 p.m. The Transformative Power of Self-Care (free) at BookPeople.

June 26th: 7:00 p.m. Business + Balance Success Group. Learn more here.

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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