Career E-News: July/August 2010 

Monthly Newsletter for Executives, Managers, and Professionals in Career Transition / Written and Published by Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin, The Career Success Coach

In this issue:
Where Jobs Growth Is Expected
The Four Essential Principles of "Luck"
One-on-One Coaching with Joellyn: Career Action Planning Session
About "The Career Success Coach"
Quote of the Month: On "Gratitude"
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Greetings!                              Joellyn Headshot 2009 
Hope your summer is going well. I'm enjoying the slower pace of this season and having the chance to catch up on projects  which I've let slide during the busier parts of the year.    

Amidst this summer's mixed reviews on job creation and economic recovery, The Herman Group "offer[s] insights on the expected growth of occupations and industries, based on data from the United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics and other reliable sources. Not surprisingly, the job growth in technical fields will exceed the increases in the non-technical."     

Summer is also a great time to catch up on reading.
 I read an amazing book:  The Luck Factor: How To Increase Luck In Your Life - The Four Essential Principles  -  a must-read for anyone wanting to boost their luck around career and job-related issues. I've always been curious about what sets "lucky" people apart from others and this book gave me the answers I was looking for. Within two weeks of reading this book and doing the homework, I'm experiencing a noticeable shift in my own experiences and perspective about luck.  

Is your job search stuck and is your career stalled? Is it time to take a risk, a giant step, to move forward and end the pain once and for all? You may be surprised; the problem might not be what you think. A Career Action Planning (CAP) Session  gets to the root of any career or job search issue and gives a plan to solve it. Scroll down for more information.

In support of your career success,
;-) Joellyn 
P.S. A great big "Welcome" to my new subscribers!
AlertsWhere The Jobs Are / Will Be (Herman Trend Alerts: June 30 and July 7, 2010) 
Jobs April 2010
 According to The Herman Group, job growth is taking place in the following sectors:
  •  Health Information Technology
  • Geriatric Healthcare
  • Health Law 
  • Data Mining 
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Web Content Providers
  • Spanish/English Translators & Interpreters
  • Adult/Higher Education Instructors
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • "Green" Engineering
  • Marine Biodiversity & Conservation
 Read the June 30 and July 7 Herman Trend Alerts to learn more.
[From "The Herman Trend Alert," by Roger Herman and Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurists. (800) 227-3566 or The Herman Trend Alert is a trademark of The Herman Group, Inc.]
LuckThe Luck Factor: How to Increase Luck in your Life - The Four Essential Principles by Dr. Richard Wiseman (A book review) 
The Luck Factor

Do you ever wonder why some people appear to be luckier than others? You know, people who always seem to have a constant flow of good things which happen to them?  


The good news is that you can become one of these lucky people. You'll find the answers in this step-by-step guide: The Luck Factor: How to Increase Luck in your Life - The Four Essential Principles, written by Dr. Richard Wiseman, British psychologist and magician. 


From three years of research, which included 400+ volunteers (ranging from "lucky" to "unlucky" people), Dr. Wiseman dispels myths of "luck" and has determined that "luck" is not a magical ability or something people are born with. Instead, "luck" is a way of thinking and believing, which people can learn and practice, to create more good fortune in their lives.   


In his book, Dr. Wiseman summarizes four essential principles  which "lucky" people have in common:


1) They create, notice, and act upon chance opportunities in their lives. They are more extroverted, build and maintain a strong "network of luck," have a relaxed attitude toward life, and are open to new experiences.


2) They make successful decisions by using their intuition and gut feelings. In turn, they listen to and trust their gut feelings and hunches, and take daily steps to boost their intuition, whether through meditation or other solitary activities.


3 They expect good luck to continue, happily anticipate that their goals and dreams will come true and strive to reach them, amidst slim odds; and they keep going, despite failures and setbacks. They also expect interactions with people to be lucky and successful.


4) They can transform their bad luck into good fortune, by seeing the positive side of bad luck, believing ill fortune will work out for the best in the long run and taking steps to prevent bad luck in the future.  


Dr. Wiseman's engaging, down-to-earth style literally takes you by the hand, in his quest to help you become a luckier person. In the introductory chapter, he asks you to take a brief "luck profile" questionnaire which you'll refer to as you progress through the book.


One chapter is devoted to each of the four principles of luck, (stated above), each of which has three sub-principles.  As you read through these chapters, you'll be asked to complete other simple exercises and questionnaires which Dr. Wiseman used in his research. 


Your cumulative scores on the exercises will help you determine where you fall on the "luck" scale: lucky, neutral, or unlucky.  You will also be given simple exercises to help boost your luck score in any one of the four principles.


To get the most from this book, Dr. Wiseman suggests writing your questionnaire responses in a "luck journal" where you'll also track your observations about luck for 30 days, in a program he calls "luck school." He cites case studies of "luck school graduates" who have significantly boosted their luck by diligently practicing the principles and doing the exercises.  

Learn more about Dr. Wiseman's reasearch about "luck" from his website or purchase The Luck Factor from 
2010 Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin, The Career Success Coach.  All Rights Reserved.  
CAPSessionOne-on-One Career Coaching with Joellyn: Change in Direction
Career Action Planning (CAP) Session 
 Is your job search stuck and is your career stalled? Is it time to take a risk -- a giant step -- to move forward and end the pain once and for all? You may be surprised; the problem might not be what you think. A Career Action Plan (CAP) Session  gets to the root of any career or job search issue and gives a plan to solve it. Visit my website to learn more.. 
About The Career Success Coach 
Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin is a Certified Career Management Coach,
who works with executives, managers, and professionals who are ready to make a change in their employment situation -- but they don't know what that change looks like -- or what their next step should be. She helps clients establish a satisfying career path - not "just another job". Her proven, step-by-step career coaching program starts with a Career Action Planning (CAP) Session
, to help clients determine exactly where they are getting stuck, stalled, or confused in the process of making their desired job and career transition. She serves a national client base (not just people in Central Massachuetts) and can work with anyone in the US with a phone and computer access for web conferencing.
Following the CAP Sessionclients can opt to sign up for private coaching with Joellyn, using her 8-module Career Coaching Program. This program, combined with personal mentoring from Joellyn, has helped countless clients find their most ideal career path which offers them optimal levels of compensation, satisfaction and opportunities for advancement,  whether it's a different position within their current employer, a new position inside another company -- or starting /revamping their own business or consulting practice.  
Joellyn will be happy to discuss your situation on a fr*ee call, prior to scheduling a CAP Session.  Contact her at 508-459-2854, or visit to learn more.
Quote of the Month: On "Gratitude"
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"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."  -- Oprah Winfrey  

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