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Feeling stuck or stalled in your career? Not sure what’s next? Underpaid and underappreciated? 

Call us today. 847-409-4660

Career Coaching For Professionals
We Transform Careers
Chicago & Suburbs and across the USA

Advance your career. Find a more satisfying path. Make a lot more money. Achieve work/life balance. Avoid the stress of a long job search that ends with a bad decision because you’ve become desperate. .

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Coaching With Lots of Personal Attention

With our hands-on attention, you'll developed a sparkling self presentation, develop or refine your vision for the future, and learn to reach the people who can hire you. You’ll be able to impress them, get them to refer you, and you'll negotiate the compensation package you deserve.

Career Webinars

We help you improve your job search, get hired, and to accomplish your career goals.

Executive Resumes & LinkedIn Profiles

Executive Resumes & LinkedIn Profiles

Custom crafted to jar the boss from that bored resume-reading stupor. and compel him/her to pick up that phone to invite you to interview. Recruiters and employers will find you on LinkedIn—and be impressed.

Executive Salary Negotiations

Executive Salary Negotiations

We wrote the book on negotiating salary. We’ll help you get the compensation package you deserve: money, benefits, and perks. With our help, clients are saving more for their child’s college education, buying that new car, taking great vacations, and building a secure future.

We help top professionals advance their careers!


Executive Resumes And LinkedIn Profiles

Get the edge on your competition. Creating great LinkedIn profiles and resumes is both an art and a science–we excel at both.

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We help top professionals advance their careers!

We’ve helped clients from many different industries to finally feel in control of their destiny.  Clients say they used the skills we taught them again and again to advance in their careers.  

We can help you to find the job that will make you excited to get up on Monday morning AND to get well paid for doing that job. 

We help our clients feel confident in their own skills and to finally  control their own career destiny. We help you unlock your full potential.

Helping professionals

We've helped professionals in most industries to get ahead!

Resumes Done
1 On 1 Coaching Sessions
Executive Negotiations

We can help you 

Who can benefit from our services?

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If you feel stuck or stalled in your career, call us today about our Career Action Plan Meeting. You’ve been thinking about this for a long time. Don’t procrastinate.any further. Call today: 847-409-4660.

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here is why

Why choose our company

Reach for the Stars

If all you want is a job, you may not need us. You can find some old job on your own. We want you to find a career position with the right responsibilities, room for growth, company culture, and the money you want.

Our advanced knowledge

We support you through the inevitable ups and downs of a job search and ensure you reach your goals. Most all job searches have moments when all seems hopeless. We support you and hold you accountable so you don't throw in the towel.


We have seen industry trends come and go and through our knowledge of a series of well-rounded industries we can offer experience in how to format a resume, how to represent your skills and more. We want to make sure that we use the most modern standards to help you forge new career paths.

Our about

Our experts

Jack Chapman

Jack is a nationally-known pioneer and thought leader in executive career coaching, He is the author of “Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1,000 a Minute,” the national “bible” of salary negotiations. Through salary tele-coaching, he has helped thousands of people to get top compensation.

Steve Frederick

Steve and Jack met at a national career coaching firm. Soon, they fired the boss and started a private practice. Steve is a committed advocate who helps clients believe in themselves and to reach for high goals. He is a talented writer and popular public speaker who delivers many career workshops and webinars

from our clients


CEO Executive Director

Jack and Steve are the consummate professionals and are “tops” in the career transition/coaching industry. I couldn’t have been more satisfied with the way they shepherded me through a difficult and challenging time in my career search. It was the third time I had been in transition in my 35+ years of working and was the hardest because of my age (late 50’s) and because I am at the narrow end of a very narrow field (executive/CEO level of trade associations and professional societies) and did not have the luxury or flexibility to move from the Chicago area. I have used a very large out-placement firm in the past and also tried to go it alone; however, their hands-on, personal touch made this experience much more productive and successful. It was well worth the very reasonable fee they charged and they stuck with me all the way to a very successful conclusion. I highly recommend them without any reservation! You can’t go wrong!

Jeff Arnold, Wayne, IL
CEO Executive Director, Delta Mu Delta International Academic Honor Society
SVP/Senior Compliance Manager

After being out of work for awhile, I went to my first meeting with Steve with some trepidation about whether he would be able to help me. Steve worked with me to come up with my key success factors, which ultimately was used to land my dream job. Along the way, Steve guided me with patience and encouragement, especially when I got stuck trying to refine my presentation of accomplishments. Steve is an excellent teacher and job coach and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a new job or new career.

Dave Arenson, Chicago, IL
SVP/Senior Compliance Manager, First Midwest Bank
Executive Assistant

Before working with Steve, I had a resume that was accurate, but filled with jargon – and it didn’t show me at my best. Some of my greatest accomplishments either weren’t on the resume or didn’t come across clearly. Together, we created a new one that is engaging and really speaks to the essence of what I do, complete with concise descriptions of my most significant achievements. This and the other career work we did together, helped me get hired within just a few weeks. I’m excited to be starting at a company where I see a lot of room to contribute and grow as a professional. Steve’s guidance was invaluable in bringing focus and calm assurance to what had previously been a scattered and uncertain approach.

Kathy Hartung
Executive Assistant
Project Manager

Thank you for your counseling and support. You helped me improve my resume and showed me how to sell myself. I had been laid off for a long time and after I starting working with Steve I was able to land a job in 2 months. I would recommend your services to anyone looking to find a new position.

Jeff Schutte, Barlett, IL
Project Manager
Engineering Project Manager

My initial engagement with Steve Frederick and Jack Chapman was when my job was in jeopardy at a start up that was not succeeding. My ability to convey my value proposition to future employers and networking associates was in need of improvement. Steve and Jack were of great assistance in improving my resume impact, and to develop a 2-minute profile which clearly and concisely describes how I contribute to an organization. While others close to me have read my resume over the years, the most striking comment I received on the update was “I finally understand what you do!” Steve and Jack assisted me with preparation for conversations with people in the field, providing focus, good questions, and helping to ensure the meetings were productive and opened doors for me—and helping to prepare for job interviews. The coaching from Steve and Jack helped me throughout my campaign and on into salary negotiations. All the above contributed to me landing a great job at Apple within a few months of engaging with Steve and Jack. If you need career help, these are the guys you should be using.

Guy Newhouse
Engineering Project Manager, Apple
Real Estate Management Specialist

I had over 20 years tenure with my company, and had planned to retire from there. Then came a a number of rounds of layoffs. Though I survived the layoffs, my position no longer felt secure. I started to work with you, looking on our work as an insurance policy. It gave me the Nth degree peace of mind. When I was ultimately let go, your help and support kept me from going to a dark place. Without our work, my life would be so different. Today, I’m well into my search and getting project work and have several good connections with potential employers. My colleagues waited till they were laid off and then took the outplacement services my company provided. Those services do not have the personal touch you provide that leads to the most valuable contacts, security, and peace of mind. Your individual professional guidance has been invaluable. I thank God for Jack and Steve. It is money well spent.

Michael Frame, Northbrook, IL
Real Estate Management Specialist
Senior Business Development Officer

When I was referred to you, I’d been working with a job coach on a limited basis, while my job at the time was taking a turn for the worse. I had just received a 60- day warning letter from our new management team. It was time to take control of the situation and commit to a program that was solution-based instead of reaction-based. I met with Jack and Steve and committed to the program. The money was tight, but I needed to add my own skin to the game. We first worked on a program to save or at least prolong my current job. This was a departure from my initial instinct to just hide and live in fear. Jack had me write action plans for my employer and keep constantly upbeat and engaged. This prolonged my job for and additional month or two and assured me of my severance. Had I not been proactive and positive, at Jack’s suggestion, I very well would have risked my severance and references. I worked with Steve and Jack to reconstruct my core strengths. This provided me with insight insight and confidence in myself, enabling me to stay positive and focused in my search and interactions with employers and networking interviews. We upgraded my resume and LinkedIn profile and practiced interviewing skills, then put together a simple marketing plan. I soon secured a job at Allstate as Affinity Sales Rep for their Emerging Business Unit. Ironically, with all the networking I did, I found this job using LinkedIn–my resume and LinkedIn profile were a perfect match. Thank you, Steve. With your help, I negotiated a competitive salary, bonus and benefit package.

Dan Herrmann, Northbrook, IL
Senior Business Development Officer
Andrew Hottell
Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning

Thank you for the counsel and support that you provided during my recent job search. I had been unemployed for six months and was floundering in my job search. I believed that my resume and my self-promotion were as good as they could be. I was wrong. You helped me to examine my strengths, to investigate my experiences and to craft my messaging. You also provided structure for my searching and networking. Most importantly you provided objective support during the times when my search was not proceeding in the direction and at the pace I wanted. You helped me to stay focused on what I wanted, and I’ve gotten it.

Andrew Hottell, Chicago, IL
Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Planning
Cliff breslow
Manager of Sales, Strategy, Operations and Distribution Channels

Steve provided great guidance and support throughout my job search, culminating with the acceptance of a position in a high-growth technology-based company. The time he spent with me analyzing my experience and prior achievements was invaluable as we developed my unique value proposition. He helped me to present myself powerfully.

Cliff Breslow, Mettawa, IL.
Manager of Sales, Strategy, Operations and Distribution Channels
Dan Schoenberg
Museum Director

I have worked with Steve for three months to not only focus my career goals, but discover new possibilities for growth and new directions. His guidance and expertise in all aspects of career counseling has allowed me to not only recently accept a new position with great growth potential, but moreover look at my career goals holistically. Moving forward I know I can be flexible, and take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves in a way I hadn't ever thought about. His keen perception focuses your strengths, and allows you to present your honest professional face as what it is, a true reflection of your personality, your goals, values, and ideals. He enables you to translate that reflection into an engaged career that matches who you are.

Dan Schoeneberg, Glenview, IL
Museum Director
Operations Leader

Steve and Jack have the expertise, commitment and sincerity to help you advance in your career. They did it for me. I was at0 a pivotal point where I considered changing careers or industries. Through Steve and Jack's wisdom and enlightening career coaching process, I did neither. They were able to help me zero-in on what I love to do, what I'm good at and seek out resources to land a job in my field and along the same career trajectory. Their career coaching process worked and I was even relocating to another state. If you want to sharpen your career focus, build confidence in communicating your skills, interests and talents and advance in your career, talk to Steve and Jack. I highly recommend them.

Phylicia Lyons Kasiem, Chicago/Washington, D.C.
Operations Leader


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