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Ascend Career and Life Strategies is Chicago, Illinois' Number One Choice for effective and affordable career outplacement and transition programs

Founded in 2001, Ascend Career and Life Strategies has been successfully partnering with client companies, executives and individuals in transition. As one of the leading career management and outplacement firms nationwide, we differentiate ourselves though our commitment to an individualized approach, employing customized solutions that address the unique needs of every organization and employee.

For Businesses: Career Transition and Outplacement Services

Our vision of offering high-impact yet affordable career outplacement and professional development programs has inspired Ascend Career and Life Strategies’ mission of helping organizations improve productivity, maximize leadership effectiveness, and reduce workplace turnover. Our team works in partnership with organizations in designing and implementing a career development strategy to proactively prepare, guide, and transition employees to meet today’s market and workforce needs.

We do not take a "big-box or cookie-cutter" approach. The needs of both your business and your released employees are unique. Whether you employ five or five hundred, Ascend offers career outplacement services in the greater Chicago area to fit any organization’s scope and budget. At Ascend Career and Life Strategies, we specialize in getting results!

Ascend Career and Life Strategies career outplacement and transition services include:

  • Job search seminars and workshops.
  • Assignment of a designated career coach and regular coaching meetings: in-person, on-site, via phone, or Skype.
  • Resume, cover letter, and other supporting document assembly, review and best practices.
  • Development of an individualized career Marketing Action Plan for each client.
  • Complete social media account instruction and set up.
  • Enlistment with the top staffing agency and recruitment firms.
  • Unlimited ad hoc advisement and support in-between regular coaching sessions.
  • Convenient office use at any of our business center locations throughout the Chicago area.
  • Spousal or partner career coaching support at no extra charge.
  • Our support and presence for HR and management personnel during the termination meeting(s) and process.
  • Need something else or have an ad hoc request, just ask!

Contact us at (312) 273-5378 or click here for an instant quote


Our location in Downtown Chicago

Ascend Office Building in Chicago

401 North Michigan Avenue
Suite 1200
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 273-5378

With a riverside location on Chicago's prestigious Magnificent Mile, and the city's historic central business district just across the bridge, the Ascend Career and Life Strategies office at 401 North Michigan Avenue offers a superbly positioned venue. The office is located on the 12th floor of the landmark Equitable Building, which faces the downtown campus of the University of Chicago and the beach. It also features spectacular views of the Wrigley Building, John Hancock Center, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

Select career outplacement and transition clients

Metlife McDonalds Sysco, Inc. Frontier Airlines
Tredroc Tire Services CenturyLink Koch Hunter Douglas
Natural Grocers E.W. Scripps Company Gold Systems
PayChex, Inc. University of Colorado Goodwill Industries American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Services
U.S. Department of Defense U.S. Social Security Administration Colorado State University McKesson Health IT
Spectra Logic  Intercontinental Potash Corporation PANalytical Corporation ReadyTalk
State of Colorado Spectralink Corporation Otten Johnson Office Evolution
Quark Pharmaceuticals Facing History and Ourselves Cardlytics Alvarez & Marsal Holdings, LLC
Roosevelt University Radiology Imaging Associates & Invision Sally Jobe Crescent Point Energy Hangar12 Marketing
Preformed Line Products Education First BrandActive The Shippers Group
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A non-traditional approach to career outplacement

Ascend offers a unique comprehensive and client-focused approach while offering a robust suite of services at an affordable price that is unlike traditional outplacement service and cost models. Our main focus is to provide a career outplacement and transition plan that is both in alignment with the employer's budget and goals and provides the released employee with the professional advisement they need to land a job in an expedite manner. At Ascend, client service for both the providing company and released employee is our number one priority. No hidden administrative costs or fine print. Every outplacement plan and service we offer comes with a 100% Client Satisfaction Guarantee.

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Our Full-Time Employment Promise

After the designated time period for the career transition agreement has expired, Ascend Career and Life Strategies will remain as a virtual resource and information base for the released employee, answering any questions they may have or providing support that they may require. We will stay engaged and committed until the client reaches their goal of bona fide full-time employment.

For Individuals: Career Coaching, Executive Coaching, Resume Preparation

We offer our Chicago-area professionals a high-quality blend of job seeking, career coaching, and resume preparation services on an individualized basis, including:

  • Career Coaching Programs: We will outline a multi-faceted plan specific to your particular needs utilizing the best career transition sites, top recruitment firms, proven social media and mobile techniques, a tiered networking approach, and a focus on Chicago, Illinois' hottest employers as 80% of all available jobs go unadvertised. We will assist you in making contacts, assembling marketing materials, gaining interviews, and getting in front of hiring managers.
  • Executive Coaching Programs: Whether you are new to the position or a seasoned veteran, we will help you become a more effective leader and reduce staff attrition, increase sales and profits, take your professional development to the next level, and assist you in formulating solutions to your key challenges and day-to-day operational duties.
  • Resume Preparation Packages: An effective resume today needs to do an A+ job of reflecting the skills target employers are looking for right now in addition to highlighting your top career achievements. The job goes to the specialist not the generalist, so the resume also needs to be calibrated to position you as an expert and someone who goes up-and-above while employing ATS (resume scanner) and resume-SEO friendly properties. We will also update and improve your LinkedIn account at no additional charge, expounding on your key transferable skills that target employers are requesting.

Call us at (312) 273-5378 or contact us by email at to learn more about how we can help you assemble an action plan that's customized, affordable, and gets results.

At Ascend, your business' reputation, bottom line, and continued success are our full-time job!  

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