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Holiday Greetings: Special Gratitude Issue
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November/December 2012   
My dear friends, colleagues, clients and students:

It is our privilege to recap some of CareerQuest's attempts and achievements during 2012 in the last issue of this year. Overall, 2012 was a slightly better year for our clients and us, due to marginally improved economic conditions. However, we look forward optimistically to 2013. This year, of course, we were gripped in election fever.

We sincerely appreciate your interacting with us and sending in your feedback and we respond 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!
   Wonderful Clients
We thank our treasured clients who trusted us for directing their careers and provided several referrals.

   Columbia Career Coaches Network
CareerQuest is proud to announce that Don Sutaria has been accepted as one of the 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. Explore Contact Emily Morris at

   Marketing Coaching
This year we had the privilege of being coached in marketing techniques by the Rich Gee Group. Rich Gee is a well-known executive and business coach headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. He helped CareerQuest clarify and focus on what is really important and what isn't. As we know from our own experiences, trying to find that critical 20% and bypassing the non-critical 80%, is getting harder and harder to do everyday, since we tend to operate in a fire-fighting mode. We found the concept of complimentary sessions with potential clients to be very useful. In addition, we were encouraged to join an effective networking organization called Business Networking International (BNI), which we did promptly. Career coaching is not necessary for survival like food, shelter, and clothing, but it's an important long-term investment in people's professional lives. We are grateful for these insights.

   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.

   Book Endorsement
We thank Richard Nelson Bolles for having the confidence to mention us in What Color Is Your Parachute? for eleven 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:
"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.

Over the past ten years, in our newsletters, we have presented you with articles on contemporary career topics. You can find the articles from the last five years in our 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 we could.

   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 throughout the years.

    Boost Your Career Day
The ninth annual "Boost Your Career" Day Five-Hour Marathon-Telethon, offered by CareerQuest as a public service on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 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 Friday, December 14, 2012.

    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 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. Without her help as a webmaster, we could not have published our attractive monthly newsletters and special reports. If you are in need of an excellent web professional, she can be reached at (520) 971-3009.

   CareerQuest's New Website
Please visit our new website at and send us your opinions which we value. It was completely redesigned by Kim Casault of Cruxwire Web.

   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. You can find it at Your feedback is always appreciated.

   Vacation Period
CareerQuest will be on vacation from Saturday, December 15, 2012 to Tuesday, January 1, 2013, both days inclusive. We shall return rejuvenated on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Once again, all of us at CareerQuest would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, a Proud Kwanzaa, and a very Happy New Year.

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


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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