Client Reviews

I have known Jim for ten years. We all have career stuff, whether it’s self-inflicted or termination beyond one’s control. I’ve experienced both. Jim can help you through whatever your circumstances may be. He creates a connection where it’s safe to share what is really going on. This January, I was going through a life transition and needed a job. Jim was straight with me, “Doug, you’re desperate and therefore coming across as arrogant and a know-it-all.” The feedback was honest but kind; I was able to act upon it. My interview manner softened and relaxed. I’m three months into a new role. If you need a new job immediately or if you are contemplating a career change going forward, I’d call Jim.

- Doug Witt

I have known Jim professionally for almost 15 years. His intelligence, experience, and background are all exceptional, which has led me to send numerous patients of mine to him when they are in need of career guidance (I am a Jungian psychoanalyst). The feedback I’ve gotten from them has been uniformly positive – he’s made a real difference in their lives.

- Robert Sheavly

Jim is a trusted and effective advisor who helps you develop the skills, insights, connections and tools you need to be successful in all aspects of your life. Jim’s committed to helping you achieve your goals with no-nonsense guidance and a compassionate style. Working with him puts you on the fast track to meeting and exceeding your goals.

- Margot Lester

I have had the pleasure working with Jim for the past 6 years. I say “working with” as this has been an extremely successful collaborative process. I approached Jim as I was struggling with working through a rough patch in my professional career. What I wanted was a tactical fix, which I learned would not stand the test of time. Jim was wise enough to find out who I am and only then did I find out who I am. Knowing who I was is the key to getting through this. Jim was tough when he need to be and less so when I was struggling. Which btw is perfect for my personality. The key to my success is that I needed to learn about myself, where I was (personally, professionally, physically, mentally, spiritually), and where I wanted (maybe needed) to be. Only then would I find the professional niche that will satisfy my needs. I was caught in the professional abyss- thinking my professional achievements would satisfy my personal needs – I had it backwards. Jim was extremely deft in walking me through this process and getting me to “a good place”. As I opened this message, I said I have been working w/ Jim for 6 years. Getting me through my struggles took 2 years, since then we continue to work together as I also learned through his counsel that this is a continuous process and occasionally I will stray. I cannot tell you how many times he contacted me out of the blue and asked me how things are, right when I needed it. I do not know if that is serendipity or professional knowhow but it is truly amazing how he manages me. I know my balance today is a result of his extremely personalized, exact, considerate, insightful, counsel.

- K.D.

It was a pleasure working with Jim. His open-minded approach to exploring possibilities helped me see things I hadn’t considered and created greater self-belief and financial reward. I am on track to doubling my income this year. His counsel on managing work and home-life have been of immense value.

- Mark Lewis

Downsized and uncertain at 62, I sought out Jim based upon his impressive academic and “real-world” (Harvard/public relations) background. Within two appointments, he had me thinking of a completely different approach to working my contacts and marketing myself. This was no small accomplishment given that I was absolutely convinced I knew how to present myself to the marketplace, even though I’d received nothing more than cursory courtesy interviews for over 9 months. Jim gently, but firmly, got my ego under control and gave me measurable focus. When a traumatic personal challenge arose, Jim immediately and seamlessly shifted our focus. His business acumen morphed in front of my eyes to a kind, compassionate, yet firm, ear, shoulder and guide. His patience and wisdom allowed me to come to terms with issues I’d never acknowledged and to build a new life platform.

- Lawrence Houseworth

I sought Jim’s help at a point in my career when I was feeling unfulfilled at work and uncertain about the path I should take moving forward. Although friends and family were sympathetic to my frustration, I needed the detached perspective of someone who could ask the right questions and help me sort through the issues that were causing me concern. Jim did just that. His thoughtful questioning helped me focus on my skills and interests in a constructive way, leading me to conclude that I wasn’t in the wrong profession but rather in the wrong environment. With Jim’s assistance, I refocused my resume, got much more comfortable with networking, and learned to advertise my strengths and goals in such a way that I regained my confidence and reignited my commitment to my chosen field. The result? I started the new year in a new job! I made a positive change that will help me achieve both short- and long-term goals. Without Jim’s guidance, support and continuous encouragement, I might still be mired in frustration, asking myself each day “Where do I go from here?” With Jim’s help, I finally came up with the answer.

- Donna Hill

Jim helped me immeasurably through my company’s COVID restructuring. I was reorganized into a new role as a result of downsizing and Jim helped me make the best possible choices and frame it in a way that made sense and helped me move forward equipped for success.

- Geoffrey Bund

I received a promotion and pay raise after working with Jim to help me move forward in my career! Jim was a great help when it came to reaching my career goals. Together, we revamped my resumé and cover letter and put new interviewing skills to practice. Jim is very easy to communicate with and is very punctual. He was a great help in moving me forward in my career!

- Morgan Long

I reached out to a number of career coaches in the DC area when I began to contemplate a change but no one I spoke with had the quite the same intelligent, calm demeanor as Jim. From the first day we sat down in his DuPont office to my first day at my new job, Jim supported my growth, both professionally and personally, by providing me with thoughtful direction, insight and feedback. The process helped me better understand myself, my strengths and, most importantly, how I could integrate my experience and passions in a way that ultimately led to the greatest and most pivotal role of my career. With Jim’s help I moved to a different coast, landed my dream job in an emerging industry and, above all else, learned the tools and thought processes necessary to ensure that I am always well positioned for growth. Jim is truly an amazing person and working with him has proven to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have referred a number of friends to Jim over the course of time and, unsurprisingly, everyone views him similarly as I do: a consummate professional who truly cares about his clients.

- Grace Robinson

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