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Holiday Greetings: Special Gratitude Issue
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December 2010
 


 
My dear friends, colleagues, clients and students:

It is our privilege to recap some of CareerQuest's attempts and achievements during 2010 in the last issue of this year. Overall, 2010 was a difficult year for our clients and us, due to economic conditions. However, we look forward optimistically to 2011.

We sincerely appreciate your interacting with us and sending in your feedback and we respond to it in every case.

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

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

   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 March 31, 2010. Eventually, the offer was extended to December 31, 2010, in order to help a maximum number of people. 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 for up to 6 months. Proof was required. An estimated 300 people were helped in various career areas.

   Career Directions Workshop
Long Hill Chapel (525 Shunpike Road, Chatham, NJ 07928, 973-377-2255) hosted a completely free Career Directions Workshop, from April 26, 2010 to June 28, 2010. It consisted of nine modular sessions of two hours each, on Mondays, from 7:30 - 9:30 pm. The presenters were Don Sutaria, Founder and President of CareerQuest, and Tom Wilson, former Global Head of Recruiting at Merrill Lynch.

This workshop benefited those who were currently out of work, those considering a career change, as well as those just entering the job market. It was open to everyone in the community, and you did not have to be a part of any religious organization. Topics included: Getting Started, Marketing Campaign, Resumes & Cover Letters, Getting the Interview, The Successful Interview, Getting the Offer, Closing the Offer, Starting a New Job, Keys to Success. About 98 people participated.

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

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

   Professional Consultation
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 on various contemporary issues.

   Special Thanks to Journalists
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.

    Boost Your Career Day
The seventh annual "Boost Your Career" Day, Five-Hour Marathon-Telethon, offered by CareerQuest as a public service on Tuesday, December 15, 2009, 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 had callers not just from the United States but also from Canada and Western Europe. We plan to repeat this Marathon-Telethon, an annual feature at CareerQuest, on Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

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

    Articles on www.Biz4NJ.com
Several of our articles will continue to appear on the website www.Biz4NJ.com. The mission of this website is to "Help Garden State Business Grow."

   Keeping in Touch with Students
Greetings, 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). Please keep me informed of your whereabouts and your career progress.

   Virtual Assistance
CareerQuest is very grateful to Kim Casault of Cruxwire Web, who has provided us with excellent services since September 1, 2009. Without her help as a webmaster, we could not have published our attractive monthly newsletters and special reports.

   Vacation Period
CareerQuest will be on vacation from Friday, 12/24/2010, to Monday, 1/3/2011, both days inclusive. We shall return rejuvenated on Tuesday, 1/4/2011.

Greetings
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.

Epilogue
Until we meet again through the magic of email, keep your feedback coming.

Peace! Love! Shalom!

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

 
 


Don Sutaria, also known a "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.)   
don@careerquestcentral.com     www.careerquestcentral.com     http://careerquestcentral.blogspot.com   
Phone: (908) 686-8400     Fax: (908) 686-8400 (on request)     Cell: (908) 377-9015   
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