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Final Farewell Issue: CareerQuest Newsletter Souvenir & Collector's Edition        Photo of Don Sutaria
December 2013   

My dear friends, colleagues, clients and students:

This is the last formal issue of CareerQuest Newsletter. We have covered just about every contemporary topic in the area of career development. You can see the issues of the past six years in our Newsletter Archive.

Although we bid you farewell in this newsletter you can still find us online at:

Within the next few months we plan to go virtual in our counseling practice. This means live counseling over the telephone, through e-mail and over Skype. The possibility will still be open for providing face-to-face counseling in exceptional cases, at mutually chosen convenient locations. We will, of course, keep you posted.

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

Lest we forget, please do not slow down in your job hunt and networking during this holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year; if anything, accelerate your search! Note that other job hunters have temporarily dropped out of the race for two months which gives you a statistical advantage to win or bag your trophy—a desirable job. Contrary to what the world thinks, my opinion, which bears out in practice, is this: Executives in positions with power to hire you are generally traveling less during this period. A holiday spirit prevails, and there is a greater mood of courtesy and charity. Managers have more time to talk with you and are relaxed. Budgets are also being prepared for the upcoming new year, which might enable them to slot you in. The seeds you have sown in November and December may bear fruit in January. You may surprise yourself by being delivered a belated holiday gift—a new job—in the size, style and color you always wanted!

CareerQuest will be on vacation from Saturday, December 21, 2013 to Sunday, January 5, 2014, both days inclusive. We shall return rejuvenated on Monday, January 6, 2014.

Until we meet again through the magic of e-mail, we want to wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday! Peace! Love! Shalom!

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

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  Attempts and Achievements of 2013  
It is our privilege to recap some of CareerQuest's attempts and achievements during 2013 in this last newsletter issue of this year.

Wonderful Clients
We thank our treasured clients from this year and all of the last 13 years for trusting us to direct their careers. Thank you for your referrals.

Columbia Career Coaches Network
Don Sutaria is one of the select career coaches for Columbia alumni. Designed to give coaching advice to alumni by alumni, 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.
Book Endorsement
We thank Richard Nelson Bolles for having the confidence to mention us in What Color Is Your Parachute? for twelve years in a row!

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:

Career and Life Counseling From the Heart book cover
  "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! It encapsulates at least fifty different career topics. Take a peek inside this book at before you decide to buy it. It is also available as an e-book from iUniverse.
This year and for the past ten years, in our newsletters, we have presented you with articles on contemporary career topics. Although this is the last issue of the CareerQuest Newsletter, you can continue to read articles from the last six years in the Newsletter Archive on our website.
     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. We tried to reciprocate as best as we could.
The Dream Chaser Club
Do you need expert help, advice, tips, guidance, support or even a blueprint to launch your dream? Or, perhaps you’re already living your dream.
    Dream Chaser Club
Regardless of where you are in your journey, the Dream Chaser Club is the community for you! When you join the community, you will gain access to a wealth of advice, support and information from experts as well as others who have already accomplished their goals. The best part is, you’re NEVER can connect and receive support from others who are also on the same journey! Join today for FREE at

I will be the featured expert on this site for career coaching, life/work balance, and career assessment/finding your mission in life.
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, Union County Local Source, The New York Post, Fortune, Money, WorkingSmart and other publications for featuring us prominently in several of their articles and studies on career issues this year and throughout past years.
     Boost Your Career Day
We had ten annual "Boost Your Career" Day Five-Hour Marathon-Telethons, offered by CareerQuest as a public service. They were 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.
Career Doctor Don's Column
Career Doctor Don Answers Your Questions continues to be 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."
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.
     Web Assistance
CareerQuest is very grateful to Kim Casault of Cruxwire Web, who has provided us with excellent services since September 1, 2009. Kim rebuilt and publishes these attractive monthly newsletters and special reports.


On My Mind

I was pondering two holiday fables that tell us of the joy that faith brings. Every year we are flooded with many new and existing Christmas movies. But why do two tear-jerkers, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life starring Jimmy Stewart, and A Christmas Carol (also known as Scrooge, 1951) starring Alastair Sim, stand out? Why do people see them again and again every year?

Experts in human nature tell us that these two movies are essentially mirror images of each other.

In It's a Wonderful Life, George Bailey, a man in financial trouble because of his large-souled generosity, is forced by an angel to view the consequences of his non-existence: what would've happened if he'd never been born! Frank Capra, director and producer of the movie, said, "I wanted to make a film to tell the weary , the disheartened, the disillusioned...that no man is a failure! I wanted to show people that each man' life touches so many other lives. And that if he isn't around it would leave an awful hole."

In A Christmas Carol, a man grown rich because of heart-shriveling greed is forced by spirits to view the consequences of his existence.

On both sides of the mirror, the results are the same: a revolutionary personal transformation called "metanoia," or "repentance," which translated literally means "a change of mind." Watched carefully, the films are disturbingly realistic. For each person, the change in outlook has absolutely nothing to do with a change in circumstance. And yet, in the aftermath of their visions, both men are joyous.

Bailey and Scrooge, by confronting their mortality, are forced to acknowledge that life is wonderful not because of what happens in it but simply by virtue of being life. Success is measured in love, not money. Joy rises above circumstance. This is what faith promises.

And if you have not recently read the all-time masterpiece Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, I respectfully suggest you do so. Little Virginia O'Hanlon, eight years of age and perplexed by the question, "Is There a Santa Claus?", put it to the editor of the New York Sun in 1897. This editorial classic from the pen of Francis P. Church answered the question for all time.


"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance, to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished."

  Food for the Soul: Unconditional Love (A Classic)  
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)

  CareerQuest's Six Guiding Principles Since its Conception  

"The secret of success in life is to be ready when the opportunity comes."
- Disraeli

"People are more important than projects or things."
- Don Sutaria

"Think positive and encourage one another daily."
- Norman Vincent Peale

"We believe that your career is a pathway to your soul."
- Don Sutaria

"CareerQuest will provide its clients with all the career advice that's fit to give."
- Don Sutaria

"CareerQuest will serve in a spirit of humility and love."
- Don Sutaria


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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