Career Counseling Category

Princess Power Puff or NFL Material?

Question: Will announcing he is gay, make Michael Sam a better or worse candidate for the NFL draft from a psychological standpoint?

Answer: First off, let me commend Michael Sam for coming out and announcing it to the world, he is making history, and I personally think it is fantastic. Second, this is a double-edged sword here, bad press is good press…so he is a hot item right now for some and not so hot for others. If the NFL team that wants him is progressive, forward thinking and open, they will snatch him and then swallow the publicity that goes with him. A more staunchly, uptight team will shun him. I say he gets picked in the first round of the draft. And don’t let him near Tim Tebow and his Christian views or that will get sticky!

Now imagine you are the opposing player and this huge man slams into you and knocks you out. If that opposing player or his team have any homophobic tendencies they will poke fun (kind of like the whole junior high school yard scenario)...

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The Addictions Academy LIVE In Las Vegas At Recovery Solutions Inc.

Recovery Coaching and Intervention Certification offered at Solutions Recovery Inc in Las Vegas Nevada February 20-22 2014

Las Vegas January 14, 2014 — The Addictions Coach announces its 3 Day Intensive Course in Las Vegas Nevada.

The Addictions Coach and its sister company, The Addictions Academy, are offering a 3 Day Intensive Certification Course in Recovery Coaching and Intervention at Solutions Recovery Inc, in February to provide CEU’s for professionals and set standards in the industry.

The Addiction Academy’s Recovery Coaching and Intervention Certification 3 day Intensive meets all state and federal requirements and is backed by NAADAC and CAADAC for 21 CEUs. The course will teach professionals how to provide proper Recovery Coaching and Intervention services that incorporate HIPPA and legal requirements.

“We are pleased to announce that Solutions Recovery Inc will be hosting us to offer our 3 day Intensive program,” Cali Estes, owner of The A...

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Guided Meditation for Improved Performance

I began my career in Metaphysics over 25 years ago when I was hired by the exclusive King Ranch Health Spa and Wellness Retreat to teach yoga and guided meditation to such high profile guests as Toller Cranston and Andre Agassi.  My position at the King Ranch really inspired me, as well as taught me a lot about success.  One of the most important things that I learned is that winners take time to train their mind as well as their body, and they do this through some form of meditation. 

I take individuals or groups through a guided meditation that is meant to improve their performance in whatever they do. I will speak with the meeting facilitator and find out what the group's goal is for themselves (it could be better health for a ladies group, or more sales for a corporate group) and then I write the meditation so that they can remove the limitations that are blocking them from achieving their goals.  I present this custom guided medit...

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The Addictions Coach announces The Addictions Academy

The Addictions Coach announced the launch of their new Addictions Academy.

Miami, Florida October 26, 2013

The Addictions Coach announced the launch of their new Addictions Academy to train and standardize the drug and alcohol treatment industry. Dedicated to educating the community, enhancing the ethics in the industry of drug and alcohol treatment and dispelling any myths that Recovery Coaches are simply paid babysitters, Cali Estes and her team at The Addictions Coach have pioneered the way to a new breed of services.

Designed for therapists that want to take on new clients and branch out into the coaching world and also for those in recovery that want a new career or to simply give back, the courses at The Addictions Academy meet that demand. The Addictions Coach has teamed up with Diversified Intervention Group to offer continuing education units through CAADAC and NAADAC that serve every state and meet the rigo...

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Trend Watch: The Double Career Life

I was recently interviewed for an article in a leading Canadian business magazine on the interesting topic of dual careerists - people who pursue two careers instead of one. Check out if this lifestyle appeals to you and enjoy the article below!

The Double Life of Dual Careerists by Day Helesic

"Prosperity, variety, pursuit of passions, the opportunity to be creative-these are the hallmarks of a successful and meaningful work life. The chances of a single career providing all that? Slim. That's why today's professionals are often choosing to boost their career satisfaction by doubling up. If you want it all, why settle for just one career?

Dual careerist Dr. Daniel Kalla is an emergency-room physician and international best-selling novelist. In 1998, after establishing his medical career in his mid-20s at Vancouver's St. Paul's and Mount Saint Joseph hospitals, he took a screenwriting course at SFU that inspired him to write. "I loved creative writing right through elementary scho...

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Cali Estes featured in Entrepreneur Magazine August 15, 2013

The odds of substance abuse issues finding their way into your business are sizeable. According to the Department of Health and Human Services' 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, of the 18.9 million adults classified with dependence or abuse, nearly 52 percent were employed.

"Many employers miss the signs," says Cali Estes, a certified drug and alcohol therapist who works with companies and individuals dealing with substance abuse in the workplace and elsewhere.

Those signs can be subtle, but might include physical signs like bloodshot eyes and residual alcohol smell. Others include excessive absences, coming to work late and leaving early. Some drugs might make the user active, so someone who is up and walking around all the time and who looks really busy, but isn't getting anything done might be showing signs of addiction, Estes says. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence publishes this list of common signs.

When employees have addiction issues, it can a...

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Top 10 Job Objections You Face In Getting Hired

Preparing for job interviews is obviously a critical stage in the hiring process. It's important to view the interview from the employer's perspective. Prior to the interview, you must anticipate all possible objections they could have in hiring you and develop the most effective interview strategies to alleviate the employer's apprehension. During the interview, pay close attention to the employer's questions because often their questions indicate possible objections (if it's a panel interview, you should also make note of who asked what questions). In the case where the employer can't ask specific questions due to government employment standards, you have the option of taking the initiative to address the employer's possible objections.

Here are the top 10 objections you face in getting hired:


1. Too young

  • You don't have enough practical skills; you're too intellectual; you aren't hands-on savvy
  • You'll require too much training time and $ to get up to speed
  • You're not dep...

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How to Find A Job You Love Using Recruiters FAQ's

What are the 2 major types of recruiters?

Retainer Recruiters:

  • Recruiter gets paid whether or not a candidate is matched to a position
  • Note: Recruiter less likely to be interested in meeting you right away unless you're a perfect match for a current position they are filling

Contingency Recruiters:

  • Recruiter only gets paid if they complete a match and fill a position
  • Note: Recruiter more likely to be interested in meeting you because they are driven to build a large candidate pool from which to match employer requirements

Why do companies hire recruiters?

  • Workload constraints:
    • HR department is too small to take on recruiting functions
  • Hiring expertise:
    • Lack competence to attract the right candidates (writing ads, using LinkedIn, screening resumes, interviewing)
  • Time constraints:
    • In-house hiring methods slower than recruiter methods
  • Specialized positions:
    • Job is unique
  • Industry expertise:
    • Lack in-depth knowledge of ind...

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10 Reasons Why People Love Their Jobs

Making a transition to a new career can be very challenging. Believe me, I know from my career counseling practice that for many executives and professionals who decide to make a career change, it’s often not easy. But when they finally decide that a dead end, toxic or boring job is no longer tolerable, then they find the courage to dig deep and do what it takes to find a new job they love.

So, what are the big payoff’s for people who take the time to pause, figure out what makes them happy at work and who launch their careers in a new direction? From all the feedback and letters I get from career counseling clients who now live a life of passion and purpose, here are the top 10 reasons they love their new careers (in no particular order):

1. Meaningful work. They experience inner satisfaction and a strength that comes from making a difference. They are happy from the inside out.

2. Qualifications are on the cutting edge. They’re driven by an ongoing desire for new...

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Are You Procrastinating Again?

We all do it, we set goals, create actions to take, say we are going to do something but somewhere along the way we lose sight of the what inspired us, our commitment and we don't do it. We come up with endless reasons and excuses why, we stop doing what we said we would and then later when we are fed up we start all over again. Ha ha, how fun!
I'll admit it, I've been procrastinating myself posting this blog. I've had all kinds of excuses, I'm busy taking a coaching program for myself, don't have time, it'll take so long, I'm not sure what I should write about.. blah blah blah, like my partner said to me I've spent more time thinking and worrying about it then doing it! Now that is a waste of energy.

So, Why Do We Procrastinate?

Crazy thinking (I can’t do it, now’s not a good time, it’s too hard - any excuse we can come up with so we don't have to do what we said)
Overestimating time or lack of scheduling
Lacking inspiration, not keeping your bigger vision present

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