About Career Strategies Group

As specialists in job search and alternative careers, we help lawyers and executives find new positions, either in the law or in business, academics, or the non-profit sector. Our Career Services Group does career testing and assessment for those who are seeking to identify their career alternatives. We also provide job search assistance, which includes resume writing and distribution, marketing plans and job search coaching. Our job search clients range from young professionals to those aged 50+. Our Corporate Group does outplacement, recruiting, law firm practice development and business coaching. Our new affiliate, the CSI Institute, offers graduate- or post-graduate students, younger professionals and other do-it-yourself job seekers low cost, powerful tools and on-line instruction programs to help them focus and shorten their job searches.  Many of these job search assistance programs, career change programs and 50+ job search services are now being previewed on our Self-Help page. Stay tuned for news about the CSI Institute, which will be opening shortly and is now in the final stages of developing its curriculum.

Career Strategies’ job search and alternative career services are provided on an hourly fee basis. We offer a sliding fee scale based on age, income and complexity of case. When someone first contacts us, we will speak with them for about 10-15 minutes to get a sense of their career issues, to discuss their resumes and determine if they may be suitable clients for us. We are not right for everyone, nor is everyone right for us.

If we feel the candidate may be suitable, and if that candidate is willing, we will schedule a 30-45 minute initial consultation. This consultation is an in-depth review of their current circumstances, career aspirations, marketing strategies and the like. We will ask tough questions about their job search methods, and offer some valuable insights in return. This, frankly, is a weeding out process for us, and a is our form of candidate due diligence. We have a nominal fee, currently $50, for that first substantive consultation. Even if we are not interested in taking someone on as a client, they will leave that meeting much more informed about job search, alternative careers and career development.

If, though, we feel the candidate would be suitable for us, and has issues with which we can deal successfully, we will schedule a follow-up meeting. THERE IS NO CHARGE WHATSOEVER for the follow-up meeting. Prior to the next session, we will analyze the client’s situation and prepare a proposal regarding the services we would offer and the associated cost structure. We are very menu-driven, and have more than 220 different program services to consider. We will spend an hour or more discussing our ideas with the client, so that they can make a fully informed decision retaining us, whether for a job search, 50+ job search assistance, guidance about alternative legal careers, career development and planning, or resume writing services.

Since we are now an approved PayPal/Bill Me Later service, qualified clients can start working with us with a minimal down payment and six month interest free payment schedule, or even longer plan at reasonable interest rates.

Established in 1992, we have helped several thousand lawyers, executives, entrepreneurs and age 50+ clients through successful job searches and alternative career pursuits.  Through our innovative methods, they have found rewarding new positions or improved their businesses. While many of our clients have pursued alternative legal careers or alternative executive careers, many others have used our help to move up in their current career tracks, to start new businesses or to enhance their current business operations by better marketing or time management.

Our clients are successful, intelligent, experienced attorneys and executives who are smart enough to know what they don’t know. Why waste time re-inventing the wheel, or worse, spinning your wheels, when expert guidance for your job search or alternative career exploration is just a phone call away?

Our staff includes Ph.Ds, MBAs, business owners, recruiters and JDs with both in-house and big law experience. Nearly all of us have had more than 25 years of experience in law or business, and all of us are highly qualified, caring professionals dedicated to helping our clients through career transitions, jobs searches and explorations of their career options.

Whether working on a 50+ job search, an alternative legal career, career planning for a younger professional, or a business process improvement case for an entrepreneur or firm, we design customized programs for each individual’s specific needs. We simply do not believe in a “one-size-fits-all, off-the shelf” approach. You are unique. Your situation is unique. Your program will be unique.

For the individual job seeker, our services include:

  • Identification of viable career options and alternative careers based on objective analysis of skills and experience
  • Preparation of powerful resumes and personal marketing materials
  • Creation of highly individualized marketing action plans
  • Lead generation and job identification through our Contacts and Connections service
  • Coaching and guidance on campaign strategies and interviewing techniques
  • Distribution of resumes to targeted companies and recruiters through our massive contact database

For law firm and corporate clients, our services include:

  • Recruiting of attorneys, support staff and executives through our relationship with select recruiters
  • Outplacement programs for single professionals or groups of displaced employees
  • Practice development and business enhancement consulting to law firms
  • Executive coaching for entrepreneurs and corporate managers

Credentials and Coverage:

We offer a rare combination of marketing experience, in-depth knowledge of job search methods, and specific expertise in the special requirements of attorneys, senior executives and job seekers 50+.

In short, we know what we are doing. Our acumen enables our clients to take control over their careers, identify their options, and then obtain the positions of their choice effectively and efficiently.

As recognized authorities on job search issues, we have been interviewed by news organizations including The New Jersey Lawyer, New Jersey Law Journal, Connecticut Law Tribune, News 12, Westchester Business Journal, the Newark Star-Ledger, the New York Post and others.

We have also lectured on job search and alternative career issues for legal and business groups in the Northeast, including the New York State Bar Association, the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, numerous colleges and universities, the New Jersey Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel and many others. Founder Bruce Blackwell is also one of a handful of professionals to have been asked to serve a Charter Member of the Career Counseling panel for the New York City Bar Association, and has been called “a leading career expert” by the New York State Bar Association.