Career Counseling Chicago

Are you searching for career counseling Chicago resources? Below is a list of community agencies and college career centers offering services in the community for individuals looking for career guidance, career advice, and job search help.

Assess your needs first. Please keep in mind career professionals come from a variety of professional backgrounds – some provide career counseling and others career coaching services in Chicago.  You need to assess your needs before you choose a career counselor or coach.

Do you need career counseling to decide on a career path, career change or transition? Consider working with a career counselor to help you understand your talents and strengths, and provide guidance for career /education options. If you need job search support, consider a career coach to keep you accountable and help you with resumes, LinkedIn, and job search materials.

Interested in private career counseling or life coaching?  See the career counseling and life coach services provided by me for your career and life concerns.



Chicago Career Counselors and Coaches

The community resources below provide low cost job search help as well as career counseling and coaching in Chicago.

Career Transitions Center of Chicago – The CTC is a not-for-profit organization, which provides professional support to those seeking a job and undergoing a career transition. The CTC offers a range of seminars, workshops, and networking groups to help individuals from all fields, and all career levels, create plans to meet their goals. Chicago downtown office.

Jewish Vocational Services –  JVS offer job search coaching, career assessments, and networking in one-on-one or workshop format. Low cost individual counseling and coaching include testing and assessment, evaluating educational options, and transferable skills. Career Counseling, Job Placement. Services are available in Chicago downtown, Skokie, and Buffalo Grove offices.

Upwardly Global – National non-profit organization that helps work-authorized immigrants rebuild their professional careers in the U.S.  Offering professional job-search coaching and access to employers with global talent needs.  Chicago downtown office.

Evanston Public Library – Career Resources. National Able Network, a non-profit organization specializing in  workforce development programming for individuals and communities, has partnered with the Evanston Public Library to offer career services for job seekers.

Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, IL – Career Services at Oakton College offers career counseling / coaching to students, alumni, and community members. Career counselors work with individuals to facilitate career decisions through an assortment of activities.

Harper College in Palatine, IL – The Career Development Office provides career services in the community. Career exploration and planning, job search and assessment testing.

College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL – Career Services offers a variety of resources to help individuals with career goals and help businesses with staffing needs. Students, alumni and community residents turn to Career Services for effective job search strategies and advice on setting realistic career goals.

Career Resource Center in Lake Forest, IL – CRC provides expert job search coaching and decision making help from professional volunteers from a wide variety of professions. CRC offers weekly sessions with career advisors, workshops, networking opportunities. Clients pay $15 per workshop or session or $145 for unlimited access to services for one calendar year.

Career Place and Executive Network Group in Barrington, IL – Career Place provides job search training, coaching, and compassionate support in a safe, positive, high-energy environment. Offering one-on-one career coaching, workshops, and networking.

Community Career Center in Naperville, IL.  The Community Career Center offers a variety of services and programs for job seekers.  These programs range from career assessments, workshops and skill building classes to individualized coaching and support. Job Clubs and weekly networking and accountability groups.

Executive Network Group in Arlington Heights, IL. ENG is a non-profit organization that serves executives in transition with resources and networking opportunities for finding new employment. Holds meetings that include speakers and networking groups.  Meetings in Arlington Heights and Schaumburg, IL.

The Job Search Circle – It is sponsored by Improve-ization, to support the unemployed. From its original seven members it has grown to more than 2400 + employed and in transition members that meet weekly in two Chicago Suburban locations – Palatine and Deerfield, IL.

Illinois workNet Center in Arlington Heights, IL. workNet is one of the most comprehensive employment, business services and support resource in Northern Cook County. Offering  job search services to improve skills or find a job as quickly as possible.

workNet DuPage Career Center in Lisle, IL. Provides a variety of resources to help job seekers or laid off employees.  Career coaching, job search bootcamps, job clubs, and more.

If you are feeling stuck or overwhelmed in a transition, look for a counselor to help you resolve any personal or career challenges.  You may find the following article helpful – Do I need a career counselor, coach or therapist?

If you know any other career counseling resources in Chicago and suburbs, please send an email to to list them in this directory.