CareerQuest Newsletter
Holiday Greetings: Special Issue

December 2008
My dear friends, colleagues, clients and students:

It is fun to recap some of CareerQuest's attempts and achievements during 2008 in the last issue of this year.

We appreciate your interacting with us and sending in your feedback.

We thank our wonderful clients who trusted us for directing their careers and for providing several referrals.

We thank Rev. Richard Nelson Bolles for having the confidence to mention us in What Color Is Your Parachute? for seven years in a row!

It is a real pleasure to thank our colleagues at Association of Career Professionals International, Career Counselors Consortium, Society for Human Resource Management, International Coach Federation, American Society for Training and Development, and Career Management Alliance, for mentoring us and providing critical and unselfish guidance.

We thank the journalists at The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Star-Ledger, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Union Leader, The New York Post, Fortune, Money, WorkingSmart and other publications, for featuring us prominently in several of their articles and studies on career issues, throughout the years.

"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.

The fifth annual "Boost Your Career" Day, Five-Hour Marathon-Telethon, offered by CareerQuest as a public service on Thursday, December 27, 2007, was a great success. "Career Doctor Don" provided free career advice on the telephone, limited to five minutes per caller, because of the heavy call volume. Surprisingly enough we did not just have calls from within the United States but also from Europe. We plan to repeat this Marathon-Telethon, an annual feature at CareerQuest, on Tuesday, December 30, 2008.

In our feature, Food For The Soul, we are reproducing here once again a piece which has touched many, Unconditional Love.

We at CareerQuest published a book in November, 2008, 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. Pre-publication reviews have been fabulous. This book can be ordered from Amazon, iUniverse, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookseller.

By popular request, we are forming Quad Groups, physical and virtual. You should have already received several e-mail announcements about this exciting new opportunity. You won't want to miss your chance to participate in this inexpensive yet unique group experience.

We will also continue our Interactive Teleseminars - a lunch-and-learn program, during 2009. Watch for email announcements in 2009.

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

CareerQuest was interviewed by regarding "helicopter parents."

CareerQuest is very grateful to Leslee A. Beldotti of VA-Lab Designs, our Webmaster, without whose timely and high-quality work we could not have published our attractive monthly newsletters and special reports. Leslee also did a fantastic job of copy editing and developmental editing of Career And Life Counseling From the Heart (Your Career Is A Pathway To Your Soul!). Thank you very much, Leslee, for your superb contributions and keep it up!

I am requesting my former students - undergraduate and graduate - (from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, Nyack College, New York University, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Columbia University), to please keep us informed of your whereabouts and your career progress.

All of us at CareerQuest would like to wish you a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, a Proud Kwanzaa, and a very Happy New Year!

Until we meet again through the magic of email...

Peace! Love! Shalom!

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

Food for the Soul: Unconditional Love
This is a true story about a soldier who was finally coming home to New York after having fought in Vietnam. He called his parents from San Francisco. "Mom and Dad, I'm coming home, but I have a favor to ask. I have a friend I'd like to bring home with me."

"Sure," they replied, "we'd love to meet him."

"There's something you should know," the son continued, "he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg. He has nowhere else to go now, and I want him to come live with us."

"I am sorry to hear that, son. Maybe we can help him find somewhere else to live."

"No, Mom and Dad, I want him to live with us."

"Son," said the father, "you don't know what you're asking. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden to us. We have our own lives to live, and we can't let something like this interfere with our lives. I think you should just come on home and forget about this guy. He'll find a way to live on his own."

At that point, the son hung up the phone. The parents heard nothing more from him. A few days later, however, they received a call from San Francisco police. Their son died after falling from a building, they were told. The police believed it was a suicide.

The grief-stricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. They recognized him, but to their horror they also discovered something they didn't know, their son had only one arm and one leg.

The parents in this story are like many of us. We find it easy to love those who are good-looking or fun to have around, but we don't like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable. We would rather stay away from people who aren't as healthy, beautiful or smart as we are.

Thankfully, there's someone who won't treat us that way. Someone who loves us with an unconditional love that welcomes us into his family forever, regardless of how messed up we are. He is the man from Galilee whose birthday we will celebrate soon!

(Author unknown—received on the Internet; slightly modified by Don Sutaria)

Don Sutaria is Founder and President of CareerQuest (formerly New Life Career Counseling), located in New York and New Jersey. CareerQuest is also mentioned in "What Color is Your Parachute?" Sutaria is a consultant to individuals and various corporations, offering executive coaching and career management services. He has developed unique methods for capturing jobs in the new millennium. He appeared on a Phil Donahue TV special on unorthodox methods of job hunting. Known as "Career Doctor Don", he has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Star-Ledger, The Union Leader, WorkingSmart, SmartMoney, Fortune, Money, and on WINS and WOR radio. He specializes in counseling of international professionals, Generation X (age 20-29), career changers, freelancers, consultants, mid-career executives and people over age 50. He really believes that your career is a pathway to your soul.

Mr. Sutaria has over forty years of diversified industrial and management experience, complemented by training in career development and hands-on experience in career advising. He is an international cross-cultural trainer. He has also served on committees of several organizations, and conducted courses, seminars and symposiums at Columbia University, New York University, Nyack College, Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, Rutgers, and Stevens Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Association of Career Professionals International and the Career Counselors Consortium.

Don earned his MS degree in Management from Kansas State University, an IE (Professional) degree in International Management and Personnel Relations from Columbia University, and obtained New York University's postgraduate Certificate in Adult Career Planning and Development.

Don Sutaria is the author of 
Career And Life Counseling From The Heart (Your Career Is A Pathway To Your Soul!), published in 2008.