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August 2010

My dear friends, colleagues, clients and students:

This Month's Feature Article
This month's article, Happy Summer! I Have a Gift for You in the Fall—A New Job!, may be quite controversial, especially with the struggling economy we have today. Please read it with an open mind and check out the logic.

Career Stimulus Compassion Package
In our desire to help as many people as we can, we launched a new innovative program on January 1, 2010, called the Career Stimulus Compassion Package. The expiration date for this offer was June 30, 2010. In essence, Career Doctor Don offered totally free career advice if you had been unemployed for over 12 months, 50% off if you had been unemployed for 6-12 months, and 25% off if you had been looking for a job up to 6 months. Proof was required.

The results have been very gratifying. We estimate that at least 200 people have been helped in individual or group settings. Some professionals had been job hunting from one to three years! On the encouraging side, many counselees had success stories to report.

Book Endorsements
Our book, Career and Life Counseling From the Heart (Your Career is a Pathway to Your Soul!), has received many excellent reviews. Seven reviews give 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.

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This book has been nicknamed as Chicken Soup for Your Career! Take a peek inside this book at before you decide to buy it. It is also available as an e-book from iUniverse.

Encouraging News
During the first half of 2010, hiring seems to have picked up, as evidenced from our success stories. We sincerely hope that this trend continues.

Until we meet again through the magic of email, enjoy the balance of summer and keep your feedback coming.

Peace! Love! Shalom!

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

  Happy Summer! I Have a Gift for You in the Fall—A New Job!  
Given the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, the present state of the economy and the mood of the nation, all I hear from my clients is that it is not exactly a good time to look for a job.

Sorry! Wrong! The above statement is a myth! Just the opposite! I beg to differ and I'll tell you why.

Based on my personal experiences during the past decade and a half, I can tell you confidently that the summer months of June, July and August, are some of the best months for job hunting. Thrice during this period of fifteen years, I have landed $100,000+ jobs, starting during early fall.

Why is that? This is because the seeds were sown during the summer and the results were harvested in the fall. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, corporate America bathes in a special glow of the warm weather.

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Just think of it! A holiday mood prevails during the summer months.

Executives with the position and power to hire you are generally traveling less during this period. People are taking vacations. A holiday spirit prevails and there is a greater mood of courtesy and charity. Don't ask me for a rational explanation!

Another factor is that managers may have more time to talk with you and are more relaxed. Note that other job hunters have temporarily dropped out of the race for three months which gives you a statistical advantage of winning or bagging your trophy, a desirable job. If you were a hiring manager, wouldn't you admire a candidate with perseverance and patience? It would automatically work for the candidate.
"Note that other job hunters have temporarily dropped out of the race for three months which gives you a statistical advantage of winning or bagging your trophy, a desirable job."
Note that the company's annual budgets are also being tweaked in the fall for the following year. You may even be able to create a new job (Remember the hidden job market!) in the mind of the hiring manager, who will certainly remember you. It may also allow him/her to place additional money in his/her budget for next year.

Don't forget to stay sober at company summer picnics! Keep making mini-pitches without making yourself a bore! It is a perfect opportunity for networking. Don't pass it up! If you have friends at other companies, see if you can get yourself invited as a guest. I have done that and it works! The same principle holds true for parties given by friends and neighbors. There is no harm in discreetly exchanging business cards at most parties.

If you are a career coach, ask your counselees to take these admonitions to heart. Don't slow down, speed up!

If you are a counselee reading this article, follow the prescription which Career Doctor Don gave you, and you may surprise yourself by being delivered a belated summer gift: A NEW the size and style and color you always wanted!

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!).

Don Sutaria, M.S., I.E. (Prof.)   
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