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"YOU'RE HIRED!!" Now What?   
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April 2012   
My dear friends, colleagues, clients and students:

A warm welcome to those of you who have recently started receiving this newsletter, especially members of the Columbia Career Coaches Network.

Hiring seems to have picked up since the start of 2012, and we sincerely hope that this trend will continue. Our congratulations if you have recently landed a job successfully! The first 90 days on a new job are very important, from an image as well as from a performance standpoint. You foul up this test period and you are gone...back into the job market!

This Month's Feature Article
This month's main feature is: "You're Hired!!" Now What? The purpose of this article is not to scare you but to give you some hints and tips for starting a new job where you want to establish yourself as a productive worker. Let us have your feedback, which is always appreciated. And yes, rest assured we do respond to all your comments and share them as appropriate (with your permission, of course!).

"Career Doctor Don Answers Your Questions"
"Career Doctor Don Answers Your Questions" appears as a regular feature in the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) - New Jersey Chapter newsletters. Visit to read more.

Articles on
Several of our articles will continue to appear on the website The mission of this website is to "Help Garden State Business Grow."

CareerQuest's Blog
If you have not checked out our revamped blog recently, please do so. We have some interesting things to share with you, several times a week. You can find it on Your feedback is always appreciated.

Book Endorsements
We at CareerQuest published a book titled Career And Life Counseling From The Heart (Your Career Is A Pathway To Your Soul!). There was no comparable book in the market. This book contains a series of thought-provoking essays and musings. Without encouragement and nudging from you, dear readers, this venture would not have been possible. Our sincerest thanks to all of you. This book can be ordered from Amazon, iUniverse, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookseller. You can peek inside the book at Amazon. You may even find your name in the Special Acknowledgements section, since I have given credit to almost three hundred of you! Check it out! It is also available as an e-book from iUniverse.

  Career and Life Counseling From the Heart book cover
Our book, Career and Life Counseling From the Heart (Your Career is a Pathway to Your Soul!), has received many excellent reviews. Eleven reviews gave the book a 5-star rating, and four have a 4-star rating.

Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? says:
"Don Sutaria is one of the career counselors I most admire in the U.S. He talks about things other career counselors don't, like "your soul." Now he has written a book I like a lot, with brilliant short chapters you can digest day by day. I recommend it unreservedly to everyone."
We are deeply grateful for his endorsement.

Andrea R. Nierenberg, President of The Nierenberg Group and known as the "Queen of Networking," has reviewed our book. Nierenberg calls it: "An excellent book....Chicken Soup for Your Career!" Thank you, Andrea.

Columbia Career Coaches Network
CareerQuest is proud to announce that Don Sutaria have been accepted as one of nine career coaches for Columbia alumni. Designed to give coaching advice to alumni by alumni at discounted rates, the Columbia Career Coaches Network is an invaluable tool to assist alumni in moving within your industry or to strike out in a completely new direction.

The services of these career experts are available to people who are not graduates of Columbia but the discount is not available. You may address your inquiries to Sally Davis at

Business Networking International (BNI)
CareerQuest is now a member of BNI, Right Track, Millburn, New Jersey Chapter. BNI's mission is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional word-of-mouth program that enables them to develop long-term meaningful relationships with quality business professionals. BNI's philosophy is: "Givers Gain." The uniqueness of BNI is that only one person from each profession classification is permitted to join a chapter of BNI. All of your teammates serve as informal salespeople for your products and services. Statistics prove that this methodology is highly effective.

Until we meet again through the magic of e-mail...

Peace! Love! Shalom!

Don Sutaria, MS, IE (Prof.)
Founder, President & Life-Work Coach

  "You're Hired!" Now What?  
  by Don Sutaria

How Can I Start a New Job on the Right Foot?

One of the trick questions asked during job interviews is: "What would you do immediately after joining us?" Beware! The interviewer wants to see if you are a bull in a china shop or a true professional who will be a team player and make appropriate contributions after studying the situation. One of the best ways to dodge this question is to say that you would get to know the people, systems and procedures during the first 30-60-90 days, while at the same time continuing to make contributions as a team player. After that, you would be ready to initiate projects and also take on new responsibilities. The underlying thought here is that no one likes a know-it-all or a ninety-day wonder.

1. Understand the Nature of the World of Work
  • Rules of survival on the job are not clear
  • Things are not at all as they seem on the surface
  • Suspend judgment for 3-6 months
  • Recognize competition between individuals and groups
  • Loyalty to boss, department, company, and professional ethics is important
  • Be a team player
  • Be aware that justice may be sacrificed for expediency
  • Don't be surprised if you get leprosy or plague after a failure
  • Stay away from unethical and unprofessional behavior
  • You get only one chance to make a first impression
  • Find a mentor at work
  • Dress for the job you want
  • Get your budget and stick with it
  • Take over and evaluate the compensation of your subordinates
  • Find out what is most important in your job
  • Pay close attention, not just to your superiors, but also to your peers and subordinates
2. Analyze and Utilize Your Company's Formal and Informal Communications Networks
  • Written and verbal announcements
  • The office grapevine
"Pay close attention, not just to your superiors, but also to your peers and subordinates"

3. Develop Your Own Survival Techniques
  • Do not give anyone self-incriminating evidence
  • Continue to learn and contribute and grow all your life
  • Keep a hero file on yourself, listing all your professional achievements
  • Develop your lifetime career goals
  • Leave your family problems at home
  • Set precedents based on your value system, that you always strive to maintain
  • Give credit generously and it will be returned to you many fold
  • Know that your job matters to God
You are well-qualified and have bagged your new job. You don't want to go through the revolving door of the company now, due to your naiveté and ignorance, do you? Then please pay attention to the various nuances discussed in this essay and see what really applies to you.


Don Sutaria, also known as "Career Doctor Don", is Founder and President of CareerQuest. He has been quoted frequently in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, on radio and television and has taught at various colleges. He is the author of Career And Life Counseling From The Heart (Your Career is a Pathway to Your Soul!).

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